The USDF Guide to Dressage: The Official Guide of the United States Dressage Foundation

The USDF Guide to Dressage: The Official Guide of the United States Dressage Foundation


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Whatever your primary equestrian discipline, dressage is an ideal way for you to increase your riding awareness and enhance your relationship with your horse. Providing an overview of basic techniques and a series of helpful training exercises, Jennifer O. Bryant stresses the tenets of harmonious communication between horse and rider as she guides you through the graceful movements of dressage. With suggestions on how to find qualified instructors and information on necessary equipment, this comprehensive guide will inspire you to explore this exciting and rewarding world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580175296
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,245,486
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 10.31(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Jennifer O. Bryant is the editor of USDF Connection, the member magazine of the United States Dressage Federation. Her writing has appeared in numerous equestrian publications including Paint Horse Journal, Horse & Rider, and Horse Show. Jennifer lives in Chatham, New York.

George Williams is an international Grand Prix--level dressage competitor and vice president of the United States Dressage Foundation.

Table of Contents




Part I. Preliminaries

1 Origins and History

2 Are You Dressage Material?

3 Dress for Success

4 Outfitting Your Horse

Part II. Basic Training

5 Selecting an Instructor

6 Your First Dressage Lessons

7 The Training Scale

8 The Walk

9 The Trot

10 The Canter

11 Basic Dressage Movements

12 Training and Cross-Training

Part III. Showtime!

13 Letters and Levels

14 Know before You Show

15 Show-Ring Attire and Turnout

16 Show-Day Pointers

Part IV. Physical Education

17 The Fit Dressage Rider

18 Your Dressage Partner

19 Keeping Your Horse Sound and Healthy

Part V. Fun Extras

20 Dressage with a Twist

21 Learning outside the Arena

22 Must-See Shows and Events

Part VI. Appendixes

Appendix A: All about the USDF

Appendix B: Dressage-Related Associations

Appendix C: Resources

Appendix D: Outfitters


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