Dressage

Amazing Brilliant Wonderful Kyra

November 22nd, 2016 at 12:23 pm Chris Hector sits in on a Demonstration Day with one of the world’s great riders… It was a gathering of the clan the like of which we have never seen before; the organisers stopped selling tickets – at fifty bucks … Continue reading Read Article

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From the Archives: Sally Swift and the Alternative!

November 18th, 2016 at 12:33 pm Sally Swift arrived in the 80’s as the first Guru of Alternative Riding. Gone the rigid discipline of the Cavalry School, and in its place the touchy feely world of Centred Riding. “The ultimate goal of Centered Riding is not … Continue reading Read Article

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The Purpose and the Importance of the Circle

at 11:12 am The reason why the circle is one of the first schooling movements is that it initiates the horse to lateral flexions. Therefore it is very important that the rider really tries to bend the horse around the inside leg. The horse cannot follow the track of the circle if he is not bent... Continue reading Read Article

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A lunge lesson with Malcolm Barns

November 17th, 2016 at 9:51 am Malcolm Barns was one Australian rider who realized that travel to Europe was absolutely essential if his understanding of the Equestrian Art was to progress. Malcolm studied in England and in Germany - and took the (at that stage) unthinkable gamble of shipping his Thoroughbred stallion, Hawa Mahal over with him. ‘Aubery’ performed with distinction in Europe, and returned to Australia where he sired many very good dressage horses, and died only recently. Continue reading Read Article

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Saddleworld November Rising Star: Annie Simmons

November 16th, 2016 at 2:01 pm Eighteen year old Annie Simmons won the FEI Young Rider CDI-Y Individual test at the Australian National Championships on her mare Florett while also coming second in both the CDI-Y Teams test and Freestyle. Originally from the Northern Territory, Annie grew … Continue reading Read Article

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Australian Dressage Championships

November 11th, 2016 at 11:54 am It was a story of ‘The Next Generation’ at the Nationals this year. From 18 year old Mary Warren beating the “older riders” in the Grand Prix Freestyle with her 24 year old coach Elliot Patterson, to 27 year old Alexis Hellyer winning the Inter A and B classes. The top three of the Inter 1 freestyle were all under 33... Continue reading Read Article

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Making it on your own! Rebecca Ashton profiles Allison Brock…

November 10th, 2016 at 4:48 pm Rebecca Ashton profiles the newest star on the American dressage team – Allison Brock! Rebecca also took the photos… Allison Brock was a member of the bronze medal winning US Olympic dressage team at Rio. The 36-year-old upped and left home … Continue reading Read Article

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IAHP November Rider of the Month

November 2nd, 2016 at 11:48 am Mary Warren had the weekend of her life at this year’s Australian Dressage Championships. Successfully competing her eight year old Mindarah Park Raphael in the FEI Young Rider CDI-Y classes, she went on to pleasantly shock us all by winning the Saturday night Willinga Park Grand Prix CDI-W Freestyle with a score of 71% on her 13 year old stallion (and Raphael’s Dad) Mindarah Park Ramadan. Because that wasn’t enough pressure for the 18 year old, she also sat her HSC maths exam in-between tests! Continue reading Read Article

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Understanding the German Training System with Christoph Hess

at 11:37 am Christoph Hess is the coaching and training co-ordinator German Equestrian Federation education unit in Warendorf. Christoph is also an international FEI judge. He is generous in sharing his time and knowledge and provided the following simple explanation of that crucial … Continue reading Read Article

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Making contact… Stefan Wolff in Australia

at 9:13 am With contact being the main point of discussion, it can only mean one thing. We must be at a Stefan Wolff clinic. The young German trainer, a regular to our southern shores for many years now, was back at Lesley-Ann Taylor’s property making sure this important concept was being well understood by Australian riders. Continue reading Read Article

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The dressage competitions of the Bundeschampionate…

October 5th, 2016 at 9:42 am Thomas Hartwig reports from the Bundeschampionate... Continue reading Read Article

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From the Archives: An Eye for a Horse

September 28th, 2016 at 3:07 pm Here we have three Arab bred horses, all looking to a career in dressage. We asked Malcolm Barns who has had enormous success in the dressage area with Arabian bred horses - first with Rami - then on Christopher - to give his expert opinion. Continue reading Read Article

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