CalgaryDressage.com Dressager’s Log…Kim Cox

Roderick is a 12 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, imported KWPN (Ferro X Dance-O-War XX).  He has awesome presence and potential.  I am truly fortunate that he is my equine partner.  To achieve our goals, as a team I must target “suppleness”. General suppleness, in the jaw, poll, through the back and in lateral work.  This means […]

No more Top Hats Allowed in National Level Tests!

Equine Canada/Dressage Canada have issued a late rule change that as of May 1st, 2011, only competitors above 4th level will be allowed to wear Top Hats in Canadian Competitions.  All others must wear a safety approved helmet with harness when mounted on the show grounds. Failure to comply will cause the rider to be eliminated from […]

Calgary Dressage Tips: How to Ride a Diagonal…

When you prepare to ride the diagonal line: Take a half halt (outside rein), make the  turn to ride your diagonal. Line up the letter with your outside hip as you make the turn to the diagonal, then ride toward the letter lining it up with the new outside hip ( your hip, not the […]

New – Revised Technical Requirements for 3rd and 4th Level Freestyles

  This is from Dressage Canada as of March 1, 2011 (Very important for Calgary Area Freestyle riders): “Freestyle riders, please take note that in keeping with the new dressage tests, the third and fourth level freestyle tests have been revised. In Third Level, counter canter is no longer a required movement. In Fourth Level, […]

How to Remember Letters Around the Dressage Arena…

I hope this helps Calgary Alberta area dressage riders. I’ve come up with a way to remember the letter positions around the Dressage arena. Starting with A and going clockwise around the ring: A-All K-Kings V-Visit E-Each S-Special H-Horse C-Cantering M-Merrily R-‘Round B-Beautiful P-Pastures F-Free I understand that the original Dressage letters were abbreviated names […]

First Level Requirements….Tips

Calgary Alberta area show season begins next month with the Carrots & Cocktails Series at Anderson Ranch.  If you choose to move up to 1st Level classes from training level be aware that the expectation is “to confirm that the horse, in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed thrust (pushing power) and […]