Adult Amateur

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An Admission of Apathy: The Tale of a Dressage Amateur

Dressage Today blogger and Adult Amateur dressage rider Jennifer Wuorinen shares an honest account of recent burnout.

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Kudos to Dressage Horse Owners and Adult Amateur Riders

Let’s appreciate the people who support our sport.

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10 Things (of Questionable Usefulness) to Do As a Self-Isolated Equestrian

DT blogger and Adult Amateur dressage rider Jennifer Wuorinen shares a lighthearted and humorous perspective on life as an equestrian stuck at home.

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A Fair-Weather Friend’s Guide to Winterizing Your Outdoor Riding Plan

DT blogger and Adult Amateur Jennifer Wuorinen discusses her winter riding goal—and her various attempts to achieve it—with humor and realism.

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Confessions of a Proud, Fairly Average Adult Amateur Dressage Rider

Meet Jennifer Wuorinen, winner of the Adult Amateur division in Dressage Today's 2019 Blogger Contest! In her debut blog, she discusses anxiety, her Drum Horse and the many roles she juggles as an equine enthusiast.

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An Adult Amateur's Ode to the Rising Trot

One rider shares how her feelings toward the rising trot have evolved over the years.

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5 Exercises for Rider Suppleness with Jessica Jo Tate

Learn how to use your "absorbing joints" to better follow your horse's motion.

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Let's Remember Why We Do Dressage

In a sport that often encourages us to focus on achieving goals, Janet "Dolly" Hannon reminds us of a critical element in the dressage journey that should not be forgotten.

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Adult Amateur Dressage Riders Who Excel

As Adult Amateurs, these dressage competitors have found a way to defy any preconceived notions to thrive amidst professionals at the top level of sport.

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My First Kiss: The Half Halt

A neurosurgeon finds that learning the half halt is more difficult than performing brain surgery.

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Lessons from a Dressage Pony Named Bubba

Dressage Today's Jennifer Mellace shares how a special, 13.2-hand pony has reconnected her to the joy of riding.

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The Problem of the Overhorsed Adult Amateur

Sport psychologist Jenny Susser, PhD, addresses an issue in the dressage community and reminds us of the importance of facing those difficult conversations.

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Testing the International Waters

The story of one Adult Amateur’s foray into CDI classes

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Dressage: It's All About The Journey

Blogger Pam Stone continues her search for a new "Cinderella Project."

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From Feedlot to Dressage Finals

How one Adult Amateur and her rescued Pinto made it to the 2016 U.S. Dressage Finals.

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Alice Tarjan’s Rise to the Top

This Adult Amateur climbed through the ranks of dressage with her self-made mounts to compete against her childhood idols at Grand Prix.

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Insights on Shopping for a Dressage Horse

Whether you're looking for a dressage schoolmaster or buying a young, green horse, you can take a variety of steps to ensure your shopping is a success.

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How a Former Stock-Seat Champion Found Success at the 2016 U.S. Dressage Finals

Forty years after winning her first national title in Kentucky, Terri Sue Wensinger of Dallas, Texas, found herself back in the bluegrass competing on the national stage again, but this time in a different saddle.

Credit: Courtesy, Hilltop Farm At Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, newborn foals are handled immediately and wear a halter on the second day. Here, Quinnten Alston, the stallion and breed-show handler at Hilltop, leads a mare and foal.

Preparing the Young Dressage Horse for Success, Part 2

Experts continue to gain the trust of a young dressage horse through relaxation and respect.

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Time-Saving Tips for Real-World Dressage Riders

Take a look at these 27 tips to help fit barn time into your busy schedule.

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Shopping for Quality Dressage Horses in the United States

Dressage experts discuss the pros and cons of horse shopping at home in the U.S.