Riding - Dressage

HOW TO IMPRESS A DRESSAGE JUDGE

What is a dressage judge looking for when judging Preliminary and Novice dressage tests? We asked a List Five judge to give us a few tips. The horse's way of going Your horse should be relaxed, working actively forwards over a…

THE IMPORTANCE OF STICKING TO YOUR RIDING GOALS - Richard looks back on 2016

Richard looks back on 2016 as very much a training year for him and Tommy and that included not missing out on all the ups and downs of competitive riding.Richard continues.    I started 2016 with a plan to push…

DOES A BAD SCORE IN DRESSAGE KNOCK YOUR CONFIDENCE?

Does a bad score knock your confidence?"I am not a number, I am a freeman!"  was Patrick McGoohan's often remembered line from the cult TV show The Prisoner, but Richard sometimes feels he could shout this out loud  about his…

DRESSAGE - MOVING UP TO ELEMENTARY.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS – Richards Dressage JourneyHalfway through 2016 and Richard is doing well with his Dressage challenge. After stepping up to Novice in the New Year he has now reached a point where he is ready to step up…

DRESSAGE - DON’T PANIC, PRACTICE! Build confidence in your horse

Preparing your horse correctly for a dressage test is essential to build his confidence before his big day. Taking your horse to a dressage test can be nerve racking, both for you and your horse, but if your schooling is…

DRESSAGE-Help your horse become more engaged

This exercie will help you to refresh your training regime, encourage your horse to want to work and to show that you do not need an arena to be successful in Dressage. It explains how polework can help a horse…

DRESSAGE TRAINING - Improve your dressage scores with practice and rehearsal

Practice and Rehearsal – Know the differenceAs a musician Rich was made aware of the difference between practice and rehearsal.  On the surface the two words may sound the same but they represent distinctly different roles for the musician.  Rich…

PRELIM TO NOVICE - NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DRESSAGE GOALS

After reaching his target of three scores over 65% at Prelim on the Dressage Anywhere competitions Richard made the move up to Novice level.  But this turned out to be a bigger step than Richard imagined. Richard continues;Novice dressage tests…
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