U.S. Takes Team Sil­ver!

Dressage Today - - Inside Dt - Jen­nifer mel­lace, Edi­tor jmel­lace@aim­me­dia.com

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,

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