Competition

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Are You Ready to Move Up to Second Level?

Kate Fleming-Kuhn explains how to be sure you and your dressage horse are prepared before moving up a level.

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You Get More Than One Fresh Start

As we begin a new year, Dressage Today's Lindsay Paulsen shares how her 2018 had a rocky start but ended with smiles.

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The Joy of Volunteering at Dressage Competitions

A long-time Kentucky Dressage Association volunteer shares her meaningful experience.

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The 2018 World Equestrian Games

The United States welcomes back the world’s best in equestrian sport.

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10 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy at Horse Shows

Learn what measures you can take to reduce the risk of invisible disease dangers.

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10 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dressage Horse Competitive

Sound equine-management practices coupled with a good dose of common sense will assist in the longevity of senior horses.

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Develop a Pre-Competition Ritual

Pre-competition rituals can help ground you when nerves hit hard.

It can be a good showmanship strategy to do a canter-to-trot transition near to the corner at Training Level.

The Role of Showmanship in Dressage Tests

Margaret Freeman explains the art of presenting your horse in the best light to the judge.

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Energize Yourself to Perform in the Show Ring

Harness positive thinking to become a stronger competitor.

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Comments on a Young Mare at Her First Show

Cindy Sydnor critiques this rider and young horse.

Dealing with dressage test anxiety

Dealing with Dressage Test Anxiety

I was gratified recently to hear a former U.S. team rider tell of an experience early in her career. She was just riding in a field, practicing some movements, with all going well. Ok, she decided, I’ll run through the test. Suddenly her horse seemed to change, from loose and relaxed to stiff and tense.

Credit: Silke Rottermann Horses of every age benefit from an extensive warm-up phase in walk as Germany’s Grand Prix rider Uta Gräf and Helios demonstrate.

The Aging Dressage Horse with Uta Graf

Part 1: How to keep your dressage partner happy and healthy

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Pro Tips to Help You Memorize Your Dressage Test

Try these tips to memorize your dressage test and ride it with accuracy while staying calm and cool on show day.

Credit: Vladimir Polchaninoff Develop a student’s supple seat: Raul de Leon longes his student of nine years, Erin Bleakney, on Veillantif, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Vladimir Sadov. It takes a lot of integrity as a trainer to resist the urge to rush the slow work involved in developing a supple seat.

Six Tips for Dressage Instructors from Raul de Leon

In the November 2009 issue of Dressage Today magazine, Raul de Leon gives advice and exercises to help trainers teach dressage to students. Here is a list of tips for instructors.