P.e. coursework- Dressage analyse of performance project

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                What is dressage?

                Dressage a French term meaning training. Dressage is an equestrian sport in which the horse and rider perform a test of specific movements in an arena in front of a judge/s, and are judged on the horse's obedience, acceptance of the bridle and of the rider's aids, gaits, impulsion and the Harmony between horse and rider. Dressage principles, which trace to the earliest days of riding, are used in virtually every form of horse riding these days for example show jumping and eventing as the rider must learn to control and master the techniques to supple and develop muscles which both the rider and the horse need, to perform increasingly difficult movements. The rider first has to win the horse's co-operation and respect so that they can work together in harmony.

Dressage is the fastest growing Olympic equestrian discipline with competitions being held at all levels from amateur to the Olympics!

Rules and regulations

Equipment and dress rules;

  • It is compulsory for anyone mounted on a horse at an Affiliated Dressage competition to wear a hat.
  • Boots must be black or brown and may be top boots or jodphur boots. Gaiters may be worn providing they are identical leather to the jodphur boots and have no decoration of any sort
  • Gloves must be worn when riding a test
  • Ordinary snaffle bridle must be worn at lower levels and a double bridle is permitted at Elementary level upwards, Bridles may not be decorated with tassels or any additions to the normal configuration. Discreet padding of the bridle at the poll or noseband is permitted.
  • Other tack, Martingales and bearing, side or running reins of any kind are forbidden, as are bandages, boots and any sort of blinkers.
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Arenas and riding the test;

  • The arenas may be marked in the following ways:

a) By a continuous surround of white boards.

b) By intermittent white boards placed at each corner and opposite each marker.

c) By a white line painted on the ground, in which case white posts 3 feet high should be placed at the corners of the arena.

d) By ropes but where ropes are used to mark the arena, at least six breaking points must be incorporated in case of accidents.

  • Competitors’ conduct,

Riders and owners of competing horses and their assistants must, under ...

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