U.S. Takes Team Silver!
They did it! U.S. dressage took Team Silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games HWEGI in September in Tryon, North carolina. it was a sight to see our cover models, U.S. team members kasey perry-Glass, adrienne lyle, Steffen peters and laura Graves Hand their horsesI, show up and kick butt. of course, the Tryon international Equestrian center—the host venue—wasn’t fully prepared, and we had hurricane florence threatening us, which made for some distractions. but all in all, the excellence displayed by our team as well as the many other riders from around the world—including Germany, who won Team Gold, and Great britain, who took Team bronze—was nothing short of phenomenal. Witnessing it in person was an experience i won’t soon forget.
Given the timing of our deadlines and the schedule of WEG, we won’t have our post-WEG stories until next month. but we do have something from Graves, who also won individual Silver at the Games, between Germany’s isabell Werth, who took gold, and britain’s charlotte Dujardin, who won bronze. This month, we bring you 1T tips from Graves’ Dressage for Jumping clinic that took place in aldie, virginia. While the riders were predominantly hunters and jumpers, the knowledge Graves offered was applicable to riders of all disciplines. The tip i liked best is No. Y, “have no fear of mistakes.” Graves says, “We’re so afraid of mistakes, and no one is more afraid of mistakes than dressage people. We think it should always look pretty and nice. That’s all well, but if we aren’t addressing mistakes, the horse isn’t learning anything.” you can read her other tips beginning on p. S2.
also in this issue is part 2 of olympian Sue blinks’ story on “creating Excellence.” if you remember, last month blinks talked about the seven pieces of the puzzle that go into creating excellence by examining the qualities that contribute to success at every level. This month, she discusses how riders can put those qualities into practice and highlights two movements: the shoulder-in and the piaffe. blinks believes that riders who excel consciously utilize tools that will help the horse understand and enjoy the work and that horses who are fortunate enough to be in that position feel proud to work for the rider and are physically able to do the best job possible. To achieve this, she offers tips on how her approach can help you teach these movements to your horse. Don’t miss this one starting on p. 2T.
other stories include “Training in portugal” with olympian miguel ralão Duarte Hp. S6I, “lessons from aachen,” an account of The Dressage foundation’s young rider trip to chio aachen Hp. S8I and our annual holiday gift recommendations Hp. 50I. Enjoy the issue, and congratulations to Team USaA
Until next time,