A Lovely Exercise!
Dressage is a French term, most commonly translated to mean “training”. Dressage is occasionally referred to as “Horse Ballet.” (Wikipedia)
While it is absolutely beautiful to watch the seemingly effortless interaction between horse and rider, it is a competitive equestrian sport and considered to be “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. Its main purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse.
Although dressage goes way back to ancient Europe, it was first truly recognized as an important equestrian pursuit during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of modern dressage.
Watch this beautiful video and be inspired!
Source: Will Rogers, Vimeo: Dressage at the Beach