Mov­ing On­ward and Up­ward:

The Gypsy Horse in Dres­sage

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A study in beauty, in­tel­li­gence and gen­tle­ness, this pow­er­ful, hard-work­ing breed makes a wor­thy part­ner, both in and out of the arena.

The United States Dres­sage Fed­er­a­tion states, “Dres­sage is a French term mean­ing ‘train­ing,’ and its pur­pose is to de­velop the horse’s nat­u­ral ath­letic abil­ity and will­ing­ness to work, mak­ing him calm, sup­ple and at­ten­tive to his rider.” Thus, ev­ery breed can do dres­sage, and Gypsy Horses are no ex­cep­tion.

Not­with­stand­ing its smaller stature when com­pared to warm­bloods com­pet­ing in up­per lev­els of the sport, the Gypsy Horse can per­form the re­quired move­ments with pre­ci­sion and grace. Dres­sage de­vel­ops a horse’s mind, and this breed’s in­nate calm­ness and will­ing­ness to work lends to its easy train­abil­ity. The Gypsy Horse is one of the most hon­est, hard-work­ing and gen­tle breeds of horse in the world to­day. In­di­vid­u­als of this breed pos­sess a ca­pac­ity for a deep con­nec­tion with the peo­ple in their lives, en­abling them to be life-long part­ners in the dis­ci­pline of dres­sage.

As many own­ers and train­ers have re­al­ized, th­ese qual­i­ties bode well for Gypsy Horses in com­pet­i­tive dres­sage, mak­ing them suit­able for not just ad­vanced rid­ers, but am­a­teurs, youth and the dis­abled as well. In 2014, there are 14 Gypsy Horses com­pet­ing in Train­ing Level through Third Level, and those num­bers are in­creas­ing ev­ery year. This is a clear in­di­ca­tion of recog­ni­tion and ac­cep­tance of this breed’s suc­cesses in the dres­sage arena.

Indigo’s Royal Knight Owner: Theresa Yates of Gone Gypsy Farm Trainer and Rider: Eline Eck­roth of Eck­roth Dres­sage Ac­com­plish­ments: Triple (2012) and Quad (2014) Qual­i­fied for Re­gional Cham­pi­onships 2012 USDF Re­gion 3 Re­serve Cham­pion First Level...

Gypsy Elite Mys­tic Prince Rider and Owner: Tarra Gak­stat­ter Breeder: Gypsy Elite Ac­com­plish­ments: 1st level scores up to 70% Cur­rently show­ing 2nd Level with score up to 66%

Aod­han Owner: Lori Wilson Trainer and Rider: Gil­lian Muir Ac­com­plish­ments: 2014 show­ing in First Level with scores in the mid to up­per 60’s

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