Classical Dressage Training
ancient art of dressage is becoming more and more popular in America
today. It has many advantages for serious riders. For one thing it can
be practiced in a comparatively small place and most urban dwellers do
not have easy access to wide open spaces. Another attraction of the
sport is its tremendous aesthetic appeal and the rewards of achieving
close harmony with an equine partner.
Classical Dressage training presents ever greater challenges as the
student climbs to higher levels up to grand prix. It is an equestrian
discipline which will help riders with any other kind of riding just as
a good base in Latin helps one learn all Romance languages.
Like so many sports, including American rodeo, dressage has developed
from very practical needs. The Renaissance gave a tremendous impetus to
formal dressage training. As in so many other fields of human knowledge
and art the swift improvement depended on the rediscovery of ancient
Greek and Roman culture. Well before the Christian era Xenophon wrote an
extensive treatise on the subject which became tremendously influential
with the European nobility who were becoming increasingly interested in
refining horsemanship for warfare, hunting, bull fighting and racing.
Like so many other sports, its origins are in necessary practical uses.
Of course dressage riders must make an adjustment from the techniques
they are accustomed to in the dressage ring when they take a
riding vacation on a Wyoming ranch. Western riding tends to be on a
loose rein with weight forward on a horse trained to neck rein, but that
should be an easy adaptation to make and the balance and feel of the
horse gained through dressage then become invaluable.
We offer a number of training programs in the US, Spain and Portugal
including a special opportunity to take individual
classical dressage lessons from a charismatic Olympic silver
medalist. The trips you take to pursue your love for dressage are often
rewarding in many other ways. They provide a change of scene and often
give will give you an insider’s view of a foreign culture which the
casual tourist would never achieve in such a short time. You will also
find that a common love or horses makes it easy to break the ice in new
relationships. Many have made lifelong friends on these adventures.
For more information see Equitours Worldwide Riding Vacations.
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