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Dressage 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." Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the... MORE
Dressage 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." Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental 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. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, the horse will respond smoothly to a skilled rider's minimal aids. The rider will be relaxed and appear effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet." Although the discipline has ancient roots in Europe, dressage was first 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. LESS
Brentina and Debbie McDonald scored 73.042 and took 3rd place in the Grand Prix at the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions held at the Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, California on Saturday June 28th, 2008. Debbie McDonald Born: August 27,1954 Hometown: Hailey, ID Horse: Brentina (17-year-old Hanoverian mare; Owned by Peggy Thomas) A true Olympic success story at a mere 50 years young, Debbie McDonald set out to bring home a Team medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics - a goal she saw to fruition as an integral part of the Team USA Olympic Bronze-medal effort. She again proved her mettle with legendary partner Brentina with a Team Bronze medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. She focused on an up-and-coming star in 2007, and her diligence with Felix paid off that summer - they won three consecutive Grand Prix. McDonald had had an impressive season thus far in 2008 with both horses. Felix earned a first in the Grand Prix at Los Angeles Winter Dressage and a second at the CDI-W Burbank. Brentina brought home a first and a second in the Grand Prix at the CDI3 Burbank. McDonald's prowess has earned her a first among American dressage riders-the title of World Cup Champion in 2003-an honor she shares with Brentina. McDonald's score of 78.890% in the Grand Prix Freestyle earned the combination the coveted title. In June of that year, McDonald was an integral part of the US team finishing second in the team competition at ...
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