Moving Onward and Upward:
The Gypsy Horse in Dressage
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 Freestyle Freestyle high scores of 79 and 83.167 Currently showing in Second 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