Jane Bartle-Wilson - 1/3/17 - Improving the Gaits
shoulder-in, travers, renvers, counter canter, lift the withers,swing
Sandy Phillips - 11/24/16 - Getting the Shoulder Straight
flatwork, dressage, straightness, neck bend
William Fox-Pitt - 05/31/15 - At Least a Seven
warm up, flatwork, stretch, walk, rider position, counter canter, renvers, stretchy trot, long and low
JJDSKJANE BARTLE-WILSON - 1/3/17 - IMPROVING THE GAITS The total running time of this three part video is 43:30. Jane Bartle-Wilson joins EventingTrainingOnline.com with this new video on creating the best gaits in your horse.
Dressage The first phase of eventing shows the horse and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. Read Full Bio
The dressage phase begins every eventing competition. In French, dressage means "training." Originally designed to show the horse’s ability to perform intricate movements on the parade involved with reviewing troops, today the dressage test comprises a set series of pre-memorized movements performed in an enclosed arena. Precision, smoothness, suppleness, and complete obedience show off the horse’s obedience. Ideally the horse appears to perform the test's movents on its own accord, working in harmony with its rider. The test is scored on each movement, rather like the scoring of the compulsories in figure skating, with the overall harmony and precision of the test taken into consideration.
Dressage is also very important to the three-day event horse, as it helps to develop the muscular strength and suppleness needed in the other two phases of competition, cross-country and show jumping, where the horse must be unbelievably fit and strong, and able to lengthen and shorten stride at a gallop.
The purpose of the dressage test is to demonstrate the level of communication between the horse and rider to and displaying the power and grace required to perform each movement with balance, rhythm, and suppleness. Due to the demands of the sport, the three-day event horse is extremely fit, and only strong and tactful riders possess the skills needed to harness and direct that energy into a both polished and powerful performance.
Dressage tests are updated every three to four years and are written by the United States Equestrian Federation. For the CCI 1-4* the tests are written by the FEI. Preliminary level and below are performed in a small (20x40 meter) arena while Preliminary Level Test C and above are ridden in a standard (20x60 meter) arena. Copies of the tests are available on the USEA website under the dressage test section.