Taken from the official USDF website, www.usdf.org
What is Dressage?
The Olympic sport of dressage is derived from the French term meaning "training" and its purpose is to strengthen and supple the horse while maintaining a calm and attentive demeanor. The Pyramid of Training offers riders a progressive and interrelated system through which to develop the horse over time.
How do you compete in dressage?
Currently, competitive dressage involves progressively difficult levels incorporating multiple tests within each level. Each test is a series of movements that must be performed by the horse and rider. Each movement is scored by a judge on a scale of 0-10. Special tests are also written for musical freestyle, sport horse breeding and performances incorporating multiple horses and riders.
I am not a dressage rider. How can this discipline benefit my horse and i?
No matter your discipline, dressage training is a wonderful supplementation to you and your horse’s riding education! An excerpt from the blog, Horse Listening, “ALL disciplines use circles, straight lines, suppleness, transitions, energy from the hind end, and more. ALL riders can benefit from learning how to use their aids effectively, even if they ride in different tack with a different body position.” We welcome riders of all disciplines to learn more about how dressage can better their partnership with their equine companion!
The Pyramid of Training
Additional usdf Resources
Interested in learning more? Check out the following USDF resources that can help you in your dressage journey!