noun, often attributive \drə-ˈsäzh, dre-\

: a competition in which horses perform special movements in response to signals from their riders

Full Definition of DRESSAGE

:  the execution by a trained horse of precision movements in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider

Origin of DRESSAGE

French, from dresser to train, drill, from Middle French
First Known Use: 1936


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Equestrian sport involving the execution of precision movements by a trained horse in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider. Particularly important are the animal's pace and bearing in performing walks, trots, canters, and more specialized maneuvers. Training is divided into the elementary campagne and the advanced haute école. Dressage competitions have been included in the Olympic Games since 1912. Riders compete as individuals and in teams.


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