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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The show features several divisions including miniature, dressage and saddle seat; also 4-H drill team competition.
Danish polio victim Lis Hartel won the silver medal in dressage at the 1952 Olympic games.
Maryland's Fair Hill equestrian sports venue and a Virginia site are finalists to permanently host an annual event that could draw as many as 80,000 spectators to watch elite riders and their horses compete in jumping, cross country and dressage.
Jane Cleveland, a Wellington resident and competitive dressage rider who is the chair of the Equestrian Preserve Committee in the village, says that 75 percent of the horse population is hunters and jumpers.
Similarly, the sports simulates traditional equestrian events including competing in dressage and show jumping, and is physically demanding.
Headquartered in Chester County, a rural and horsy part of Pennsylvania, about an hour’s drive west of Philadelphia, Dansko was founded in 1990 by Peter Kjellerup and Mandy Cabot, a pair of married ex-dressage trainers.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of dressage
French, from dresser to train, drill, from Middle French
First Known Use: 1936See Words from the same year
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: a competition in which horses perform special movements in response to signals from their riders
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