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Behind the scenes: dressage

Well, if all commercials were like this, I might get cable TV again. http://youtu.be/-EFVMBUDYG8  

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Rider Position with Kyra Kyrklund

Kyra Kyrklund is a dressage god. You should listen to everything she has to say (plus, she has a cool Swedish accent). Here’s a clip from an older USDF Symposium with Kyra discussing effective rider position. Kyra calls the rider’s … Continue reading

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Long and low — my favorite exercise

I am a huge believer in riding horses in “long and low.” I think it keeps them happy and sound. It’s not an easy exercise for the rider, nor is it something that a horse who’s previously been improperly ridden … Continue reading

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Organize your upper body

Remember, your horse will only perform as well as you do. Here’s a good article on a few upper-body control exercises using Pilates, from the September 2012 USDF Connection magazine. http://www.usdf.org/EduDocs/The-Rider/Upper_Body1.pdf

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Charles deKunffy: Training sessions: physical, mental and spiritual

Sit down, turn off all distractions, and watch this 5-minute video of Charles deKunffy talking about the dynamics of a riding lesson. “An ever changing, dynamic, complex effort” between rider, horse and teacher. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10102188852793263

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Valegro at six years old

Okay, so apparently not only is Carl Hester one of the greatest horsemen and dressage trainers of his time, but he also can predict the future. Follow the link to watch a fun clip of Carl talking about Valegro and … Continue reading

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USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program

Calling all dressage Young Riders! WWU dressage riders, this is the perfect opportunity for you: “The Young Rider Graduate Program is designed to help bridge the gap between young rider status and the professional world of international competition, teaching, training, … Continue reading

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The ten habits of highly effective dressage riders

This has been going around Facebook for a little while, but I thought it was good enough to point to again. The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Dressage Riders http://watapama.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/the-ten-habits-of-highly-effective-dressage-riders/ I was going to pull out a couple quotes as … Continue reading

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Dressage Radio

For those times you want to immerse yourself in dressage information, but can’t sit down to read a book or magazine or watch a video, try The Dressage Radio Show. You can listen to the weekly show through the dedicated … Continue reading

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Video: Correct rider position with Hilda Gurney

Hilda Gurney is one of the greats of American dressage. Here’s a quick (3 minute) video overview of correct rider position, filmed during the 2012 USDF Annual Convention and Symposium. Correct rider position with Hilda Gurney And here’s a good … Continue reading

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