Worth citing - folks rip it appart - is that it was clearly written for a larger audience of non-dressage folks. This is the most widely read newspaper in the US so to have it cited is good
The whole article reads just a little awkwardly, but when you realize that one author is Japanese and the other is in Spain, it's not surprising that it doesn't capture American Horsey idiom. 'Hoofwork' I thought it was fairly nice. Maybe more Old Retired Executives will decide to seek their Olympic Dreams through equestrian sport.
And I think it's quite cool that the FEI has generated more slots. The more countries take part, IMHO, the better. That's why it's the Olympics.
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My hubby just walked in with the WSJ and shared it with me. I love it! He is non-horsey and thought the descriptions were great. If you don't know anything about I don't think they are half bad myself--correct, just a different perspective.
The FEI: "The global riding federation"
The half-pass: "in which the horse moves diagonally across the field, feet crossing and uncrossing in a sort of four-legged Electric Slide."
The flying change: "where the horse switches the order in which its legs touch the ground."
Dressage is judged by: "how well they make their steeds twirl, skip and walk sideways."
Way to go Hiroshi Hoketsu! We'll be cheering for you!
Dear Mr. Forelle of the WSJ,
I wish you were more informed about dressage. I believe, you have done a “disservice” to those of us who LOVE this “obscure” sport; those of us who strive for a perfection which we will never attain. In addition to telling a wonderful story about Hiroshi Hoketsu, you had an opportunity to enlighten the public about dressage, to describe its beauty and history as well as the hard work to attain the upper levels of the sport. It could be you are taking your que from the person in 2000 who wrote a whole book about the various sports competing in the Summer Olympics and all they could say about dressage was “until knitting is admitted as an Olympic sport, there will never be anything more boring than Dressage”.
The descriptions of the dressage movements in your article ended up sounding like something out of “dressage for dummies – kindergarten edition”.