Calgary Dressage.com – The Princess Principle

Dressage, from the French verb, dressager, “to train” has a reputation for elitism.  After all, the sport is based on highly trained cavalry manouvers shown at court before kings and queens. The “princess principle” embodies the entilted few who have the means to compete a made horse, sometimes observed showing at a level above capacity. These riders as seen with […]

Calgary Dressage prepares for the Mane Event in Red Deer April 26 – 28, 2013

  The Mane Event, Equine Education & Trade Fair at Westerner Park in Red Deer, April 26 – 28, 2013 is pleased to announce our jumping/equitation clinician and dressage clinicians for this year are: George Morris  and Tom Dvorak If you would like to participate in their sessions or simply audit please visit http://www.maneeventexpo.com for […]

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 […]

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 […]