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 Heather Rocca's Dressage Students

 

Dressage is a French term which translates to "training".  Dressage is competitive horse training with competitions held at all levels from amateur to the Olympics.  It's fundamental purpose is to develop a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, through standardized progressive training methods thereby maximizing it's potential as a riding horse.  At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development,  it can smoothly respond to a skilled rider's minimal aids by performing the requested movement while remaining relaxed and appearing effortless.  Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet".  Although the discipline has ancient roots, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit in the West during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then and classical dressage is still considered the basis of trained modern dressage.

 

Classical Dressage evolved from cavalry movements and training for the battlefield and has since developed into the competitive dressage seen today.  Classical riding is the art of riding in harmony with, rather than against, the horse.  Correct classical riding only occurs when the rider has a good seat and a correct and well-balanced body position, moves with the horse's motion, and gives and times the aids correctly.

  

 

 
Ruth riding "Ariel
A Twelve year old "off the track" Thoroughbred.
 

                            

 

                                                                 
Emma riding "Cassie"
A Seventeen year old Quarter Horse
 
Ruth riding "Ariel"
A Twelve year old Thoroughbred

 

 

Ally riding "Buzz"

A Nine year old Thoroughbred

   

MRF Dressage Show

August 2008

 

 

 
Sherrie showing "Pippin" 

  

 

 

 
Heather showing "Pippin"
 
 Kim showing "Asher"

 

 

 

  MRF Dressage Show

 October 2008

 

 

 
 Kim showing "Asher"

 

 

 
Sherrie showing "Pippin"
 

 

 

 

Heather riding "Willow"

A Seven year old Hanoverian

 
 
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