Saturday, Apr. 13, 2024

Between Rounds – George Williams

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Our columnist believes that the completion of our country’s pipeline for horses age 4 up to Grand Prix is imperative for getting our international results back on par with the world’s dressage superpowers.

The “three Ps” normally associated with Grand Prix—piaffe, passage and pirouettes—could easily be replaced by different ones when summing up the current state of dressage in the United States: practice, patience and perseverance.

Our columnist ponders how technology is changing dressage from the top levels to the grassroots.

Our sport is changing in many ways. As is always the case with changes, some are for the better, some raise new questions and challenges, and some I’m not really quite sure about.

At times it seems like it’s judges versus competitors or professionals against amateurs,but we all have to work together in dressage for the sport to grow.

While at the WEG, our columnist enjoyed watching a special horse, as well as taking the opportunity to learn from the program used by the Dutch gold medalists.

In the early 1970s, while living in New Hampshire, I remember my mother made what seemed at the time like a pilgrimage when she drove to Saratoga, N.Y., to see Secretariat. Upon her return home, she couldn’t stop talking about him—his special qualities, how he was a “once-in-a-lifetime horse” and how she was so glad she made the effort to see him.

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With a plethora of championships just concluded and others on the horizon, our columnist wonders if dressage is taking the right course.

For dressage, this has been the summer of championships. Fully one third of the season has been taken up by championships of one sort or another.

Our columnist reflects on the first half of 2010 and the many challenges and accomplishments the dressage community has seen.

The world of High Performance dressage has indeed had quite a dynamic year so far!

In his first installment, our columnist believes elementary-level trainers deservemmuch more credit for the solid foundation they provide the sport.

One of the things I love best about teaching is that, on an almost daily basis, you can reconnect with the people from the past who made you the instructor you are today.

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