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Improve Your Dressage Horse's Collection
Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Maureen Hall at... read more


A Dressage Rider's Renaissance
One rider explains how patience, perseverance and respect for the... read more

Work and Play at Dressage Today

Go behind the scenes with the Editorial staff of Dressage Today. In the office, around the barn and at home. read more


The Bitless Bridle Debate
The drive to allow bitless bridles in dressage picks up steam—and... read more

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Exercises to Strengthen the Rider's Back
Tips from dressage rider and fitness expert, Rebecca Ashton. read more

Dressage Today Reader's Report

Dressage Today readers share their riding experiences, event information and more. read more


Work and Play at Dressage Today

Increased Awareness

by Jennifer Mellace
Several years ago I was lucky enough to work one-on-one with a Pilates trainer. A friend and I met with this woman twice a week. We would first work on the reformer machine and then on floor exercises. Those few months of exercises, which had me focused on my alignment, breathing and balance, did wonders for my body awareness and, consequently, my position in the saddle. ...Read More

Margaret Freeman

One Good Turn

by Margaret Freeman
I was watching a trainer recently telling her student about how to approach the half pirouette on the diagonal, seen in Fourth and Prix St. Georges. She suggested, since this rider's pirouettes tended to be a tad large, that she start wide on the diagonal coming out of the corner so that the pirouette would finish on the correct line (and thus maybe fool the judge). ...Read More

Margaret Freeman

By the Numbers

by Margaret Freeman
It doesn’t happen very often any more, but an on-deck rider in the ring where I was judging last Sunday showed up without a bridle number. Thus, I couldn’t let her ride (and technically she could have been eliminated, according to USEF Rule Book DR 121.11, which requires a number any time a horse is being exercised or ridden). Since it had been raining hard, she had the benefit of the doubt that t...Read More

Margaret Freeman

The Long and Short of It

by Margaret Freeman
My dressage judge brain kicked in as I watched American Pharoah’s galloping stride, comparing it to the horses in his wake. During the preshow I heard his jockey Victor Espinoza describe AP’s stride as being so long that he seemed to be going slowly when he was really going fast. Gee, I thought, that sounds just like a lengthening in a dressage test. (Okay, dressage brain, there are times when you...Read More

Article Archives

How to Find Correct Upper Body Position

by Susanne von Dietze

Susanne von Dietze critiques Katie Nayak at First Level, explaining how to ride with correct upper-body position. Read More

Improve Your Dressage Horse's Collection

by Suzanne von Dietze

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Maureen Hall at Third Level, explaining how to improve your dressage horse's collection. Read More

Exercises to Strengthen the Rider's Back

by Rebecca Ashton

Tips from dressage rider and fitness expert, Rebecca Ashton. Read More

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