noun, often attributive
dres·​sage | \ drə-ˈsäzh How to pronounce dressage (audio) , dre- \

Definition of dressage

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

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This is a sport involving the execution of precise movements by a trained horse in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider. The word dressage means “training” in French. 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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Recent Examples on the Web Venues that can host surfing, sailing, equestrian dressage and track cycling? Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Grappling With Coronavirus, Tokyo Olympic Leaders Have No Good Options," 26 Feb. 2020 The police arrested Michael Barisone, 54, the Olympic dressage riding coach and owner of the farm. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "She Warned That Her Life Was in Danger. 5 Days Later, She Was Shot.," 9 Aug. 2019 Hoedebecke agreed, and for two years CTR rented the property, a turnkey equestrian facility where Hoedebecke had taught dressage lessons, boarded horses and provided training for riders, Schmidt said. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding finds its ‘forever farm’ in northern Harford County," 15 Nov. 2019 Barisone participated in the 2009 Beijing Olympics and owns Barisone Dressage, which bills itself as a world-class development of dressage horses and riders. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Former Olympian charged in shooting that left woman with multiple gunshot wounds at equestrian facility," 10 Aug. 2019 My cubbing experience began in the warm-up area outside the dressage ring at a horse competition. Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Candace Bushnell on Sex and the Much, Much Younger Man," 6 Aug. 2019 After bringing wild horses out of BLM holding pens, Yates will train them in dressage, a highly skilled riding technique that is also an Olympic sport. Charlotte Bausch, chicagotribune.com, "Montana farm rescues, finds homes for penned wild horses," 10 July 2019 An Equestrian dream with 3 stall barn with automatic waterers, 3 stall corrals, full size dressage arena with irrigation, lighting, sand and rubber mulch footing. Pomerado News, "Home of the Week - 17059 Rio Maria Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040," 25 July 2019 Most exciting was the great presentation of fine horsemanship when five of the club’s riders gave us samples of dressage, hunter-jumper and Western riding. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Flintridge Riding Club hosts June chamber of commerce mixer under the oaks," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of dressage

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dressage

French, from dresser to train, drill, from Middle French

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The first known use of dressage was in 1912

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“Dressage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressage. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dressage

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

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