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Too Strong in the Canter
It is frustrating to have a horse doing so well at the trot and... read more


Century Club Celebration
Friends and family gathered at Somerset Farm in Williamston,... 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


Charlotte Bredahl-Baker: My Toughest Dressage Training Challenge
My toughest training challenge occurred as I began a business... read more

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How to Ride Safe in Extreme Heat
One of the most unique and valuable equestrian experiences I ever... read more

Dressage Today Reader's Report

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by Jennifer Mellace
The DT team recently attended The Dressage Foundation’s (TDF) 2nd Annual Florida Dream Tour in Wellington. This TDF fundraising event benefits the Young Rider International Dream Program trip, where young riders travel to visit European dressage trainers for a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. ...Read More

Margaret Freeman

Helmet Buckle Bungle

by Margaret Freeman
A friend told me last week about a brief “yikes” moment while watching a student of hers in the show ring recently. The young rider’s chin strap came unsnapped midway through her test. Fortunately, the rider kept her cool. She halted, refastened the strap (not always easy to do when wearing gloves) and then continued her test. The judge did not penalize her....Read More

I Walk the Line

by Pam Stone
It needn't be boring! As Doctor Gillis prescribed, rehab for Forrest should include changes of direction: big circles and serpentines, changes of tempo within the walk and transitions into and out of halts....Read More

Margaret Freeman

Really Straight Center Lines

by Margaret Freeman
I judged Novice and Preliminary tests, equivalent to Training and First Levels in straight dressage. I think I may have used the dreaded “behind vertical” comment only once the whole day. Most of the horses, even the Novice ones, were reliably on the bit and, if I did say “Above the bit, 6,” it was mostly just on a transition from trot to canter, which is the usual suspect. ...Read More

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Charlotte Bredahl-Baker: My Toughest Dressage Training Challenge

by Charlotte Bredahl-Baker

My toughest training challenge occurred as I began a business partnership. The plan was to buy a horse in Denmark that I would train and sell. On my first trip, I went to a small farm on the recommendation of an old friend. I was allowed to spend $10,000, but the horse I liked best was more expensive than that, so I ended up buying a huge, gangly 5-year-old chestnut gelding named Monsieur. Read More

How to Ride Safe in Extreme Heat

by Hilary Moore Hebert

One of the most unique and valuable equestrian experiences I ever had happened many years ago at summer camp. While riding in a group lesson in the outdoor ring, one of the other students simply... Read More

Develop a Supportive Leg

by Axel Steiner

Beckie might be able to correct this by stretching her legs down and rotating them so that the inside of her calf hangs parallel to the horse. Right now, she has drawn up her knee and pointed it outward, gripping Read More

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