The Ultimate Guide to Dressage

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Dressage - The Ultimate Guide

Dressage is an competitive, yet elegant equestrian sport, where horse and rider work together to┬ádevelop balance, strength, flexibility and accuracy. As Horse & Country put it so well – “dressage is the art of striving for a harmonious and barely perceptible communication between horse and rider”

But how do you learn more about this beautiful sport? How do you get involved, become advanced and eventually compete at a high level?

This guide will take you through everything you need to know about the world of dressage, from getting started and training, to learning the rules and competing.

Ready? Let’s get started…



Chapter 1 – An Introduction to Dressage
Chapter 2 – Dressage Schools
Chapter 3 – The Basics
Chapter 4 – Rules and Regulations
Chapter 5 – Buy the Right Horse
Chapter 6 – Competing
Chapter 7 – Dressage Videos

Chapter 1 – An introduction to Dressage

An Introduction to Dressage
Let’s start with learning about eventing and dressage. The resources below will tell you all you need to know about whether the sport is for you and how to get started.

An Introduction to Dressage
So, you want to do Dressage?
Starting Out in Dressage

Chapter 2 – Accelerate your progress by learning from the experts

Dressage Schools
To really progress, you’re going to want to learn from the best. The resources below will provide you with a wealth of dressage clubs, associations and trainers. There’s something here for all levels.

Clubs and Associations
Trainers and Instructors

Chapter 3 – Getting started with the basics

Dressage Basics
So, you know all about the world of dressage, you’ve signed up with the relevant clubs/training, now what? Time to get started. Let’s learn a bit more about getting started and the basics of dressage.

Getting Started
Doing the Basics Successfully
How to Ride Three Basic Dressage Shapes
Dressage Training and Tips

Chapter 4 – Get it right from the start by understanding the Dressage rules and regulations

Dressage Rules and Regulations
Whether you’re doing this for fun or are really serious about competing, it’s worth knowing the rules so you know that you’re doing things right and can help to properly train and advance the horse you’re riding.

Dressage Rules

Chapter 5 – Buy a winning Dressage horse

Buy the Right Horse
You may be riding and competing using someone else’s horse or you maybe looking to buy and train your own. If it’s the latter, then these resources will guide you when it comes to where to buy and what to look out for when thinking about buying a dressage horse.

Dressage Horses
The ABC’s of Buying a Dressage Horse

Chapter 6 –┬áCompete with the best

Competition time. Once you’re ready, it’s time to find some competitions and prepare yourself.

Equestrian Events
Dressage Tests
Preparing for a Novice Dressage Test
Carl Hester Talks Dressage

Chapter 7 – Amazing Dressage Videos

Dressage Videos
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, tips or just want to see some amazing horses in action, the dressage videos below will provide you with some great viewing. If you have some great videos you’d also like to share, please feel free to add them to the comments below.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro – Olympic Gold Medallists Kur London 2012
London 2012 Olympic Grand Prix Dressage
2 of the most beautiful olympic dressage horses of london olympics 2012
Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas

So, there you have it. We hope you found the resources about useful and we wish you the best of luck for your first/next dressage event.

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