Dressage

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Dressage

Dressage is all about learning to work with your horse and help him achieve greater suppleness, flexibility and obedience.

While doing dressage can lead you into horse riding competitive tests, your horse will also become more responsive to ride. No more leaning on your hands, no more kick, kick, kick… and opening and shutting gates from the saddle is so much easier when your horse will react calmly to your leg.

It is for exactly these reasons that dressage was originally developed by the cavalry in the 17th century – after all, having an unresponsive or undisciplined horse on the battlefield could have meant the difference between life and death. Only later did it develop into some of the more flamboyant moves still seen today at places like the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.

Dressage is a sport for any rider – it is up to you how far you want to take it. But, be warned, it can become addictive!

British Dressage (BD) is the governing body for the sport in the UK. Whether you are already a competitor or just starting out, a regular spectator or keen to get involved in other ways, British Dressage has plenty to offer you from quality training and a packed schedule of competitions, to the latest news from our international teams.

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Quest Club from British Dressage

 

Team Quest

In 2014, British Dressage (BD) launched a new competition for riders of all ages and abilities called ‘Team Quest’ (TQ). In 2015, Team Quest became even bigger and better with over 2,000 riders taking part and riding down the centre line for their team.

TQ is looking for riders at Intro, Prelim, Novice and new for 2016, Elementary, to take part in a fun and relaxed dressage competition, even if you’ve never competed before. Teams of three or four riders will ride as individuals across the four test levels and the best three scores count towards an overall team total with the highest percentage winning the day.

There are two age categories for teams; BYRDS teams, 25-years and under and open for riders of any age. 

Find out more about the power of TQ, from rider Anna Tomlinson, click HERE to hear her story of the success she has achieved thanks to TQ. 

Click HERE to find out more and how you can get involved!

 

My Quest

 

2016 sees the beginning of a new exciting initiative for riders competing at Intro to Elementary level; a competition league for individuals to run alongside TQ.

Relaxed rules and dress, sections for Open and BYRDS riders and competing against riders of a similar ability. My Quest will follow the same regional structure as Team Quest, with regional leaderboards taking the top riders to a regional, and then a national, final.

Riders will earn 'Quest points' according to the percentage they achieve to the same scale as other BD competitions. A rider's five best results and resulting Quest points will then feed into the regional leaderboard for each section (Open and BYRDS) at each level (intro to elementary).

Click HERE to find out more and how you can get involved!