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Dressage a French term, most commonly translated to mean "training") is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as "the highest expression of horse training", where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. International Equestrian Federation, Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games.


  • They say that princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.
    • Ben Jonson
  • Competitive riding should be classical riding at its best.
    • Charles de Kunffy
  • Horsemanship is not merely a matter of bodily skills, but is based on scholarship and, therefore, is a matter of the mind and intellect. Good horsemansip is based on proper character development and, therefore, is also a matter of mentality and spirit. Without the correct attitudes and insights, there cannot be the right sport.
    • Charles de Kunffy
  • The trust between human and horse is based on the same behavioral rules that regulate social life within the herd: Those who have obtained a higher rank in the herd assume at the same time the responsibility for the weaker members."
    • (1983; translation: T. Ritter)
  • Poll flexion is not Pull Flexion.
    • Dr. Thomas Ritter
  • Descente de main: the rider relaxes his fingers and the horse meanwhile maintains the same pace, the same attitude and the same cadence.
  • A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities.
  • Training a horse is above all feeling and trying, according to what you feel, to help the horse and not to force him.
  • Equestrian art is the perfect understanding and harmony between horse and rider.
  • Nothing forced or misunderstood can be beautiful.
  • Dressage is striving for the equation 1+1=One
    • Author Unknown
  • DRESSAGE, n.: the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively imperfect
    • Author Unknown
  • Dressage. It's a science before it's an art.
    • Author Unknown
  • Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you a horse
    • Author Unknown
  • give and take...the art is in the give not in the taker.
    • Author Unknown

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