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“Dressage is going in the wrong direction”

“Dressage is going in the wrong direction”

ANDREW GOULD: “I feel very strongly at the moment that dressage is going in the wrong direction. Listening to people talking, they’re so casual about ‘not needing to win any more’ because they just need a percentage. I think current qualification criteria promote...
Claire Moir considers the art in freestyle performance

Claire Moir considers the art in freestyle performance

Well-known dressage rider and experienced compiler of freestyle music programmes, as well as a UKCC3 coach, Claire Moir, remembers the days when dressage competitions were held in front of Goodwood House Claire Moir’s current dressage partner is 19hh Davonport...
“Dressage is about the whole package” Mary-Anne Horn

“Dressage is about the whole package” Mary-Anne Horn

UKCC3 coach and BD List 1 and FEI Para 4* judge Mary-Anne Horn talks to Out and About Dressage about her interest in mentoring riders, the dressage horse as ‘a happy athlete’, the role of competition and dressage as an art form “I REALLY ENJOY mentoring riders at a...

“I would ban double bridles at elementary”

Mark Ruddock, BD List 1 judge, UKCC level 3 dressage coach:  I strongly believe that there should be a blanket ban on double bridles at elementary because that is when I start to see so many open mouths. (I sometimes see a horse go by my judge’s box with its tongue...
Ponies need to go to school, too!

Ponies need to go to school, too!

Jo Price, who has been busy teaching at the Crawley and Horsham Pony Club Camp this summer, asks: “Why is it that children and parents think you just get on a pony and ride it, but usually never think about educating it?” “A lot of people take on young ponies without...

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