General Training

Credit: Courtesy, Jacque Werner Jacque Werner and her 7-year-old Friesian, Caspian, compete at Training Level.

Remember to Breathe

Susanne von Dietze critiques Jacque Werner at Training Level

Credit: Amy K. Dragoo The United States has excellent programs for the education of its dressage judges. At the same time, the process of judge education should be no mystery to competitors and trainers, because they can themselves get the same education at the basic level.

Dressage Judge Education

A look at how the U.S. judging system is structured and how it differs from Europe

Credit: Courtesy, Hannah Jensen Hannah Jensen and Rosabella, her 7-year-old, Shire/Dutch Warmblood-cross mare, compete at First Level.

Stabilize Your Torso

Heather Blitz critiques Hannah Jensen at First Level.

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Correct Your Heel Position

Courtney King-Dye critiques Denise Serreti at First and Second levels.

Credit: Courtesy, Kimberley Reynolds  Kimberley Reynolds rides Bella Luna, a 7-year-old Morgan–Haflinger cross, at First Level.

Tips to Ride with Positive Tension

Susanne von Dietze critiques Kimberley Reynolds at First Level.

Credit: Amy McCool Sarah Pinney on Rohan, a 10-year-old Oldenberg gelding (right), and Joy Rothe on Rolex (left), Rohan’s 11-year-old full sister, have been performing pas de deux since 2011. They currently compete at Prix St. Georges.

An Intro to the Pas de Deux

Learn the basics on this equestrian art that is also a great training tool.

Credit: Courtesy, Stacey Knox 1. Stacey Knox rides her 6-year-old American Trakehner, Amonet KGO, at Training Level.

Improve Pelvis Position

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Stacey Knox at Training Level.

Credit: Courtesy, Chloe Hatch Young Rider Chloe Hatch is riding Shela Lark, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse mare.

Ride with Relaxed Breathing

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Chloe Hatch and offers tips to help you breathe naturally in the saddle.


Use the Pirouette Canter for Better Self-Carriage

Courtney King-Dye explains how to use the pirouette canter to improve self-carriage.