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Nine horse and rider combinations have been selected to compete in U. Olympic dressage trials, the USEF announced Monday.The list includes three-time Olympians Steffen Peters and Guenter Seidel. Guenter returned to the Games again in 20 where he won two additional team bronze medals.Both made their Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games where the U. Peters made his second and third appearances at the 20 Games, respectively.The list is as follows: Allison Brock and Rosevelt Shelly Francis and Danilo and Doktor Laura Graves and Verdades Arlene Page and Woodstock Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet Steffen Peters and Legolas and Rosamunde Guenter Seidel and Zero Gravity The three observation events, Compiegne, Roosendaal, and Rotterdam, take place between May 19 and June 26 in the Netherlands and France.
Competition occurs in a regulation size arena with specific apparel and equipment all regulated by USEF.
Dressage is a French term meaning “training” and its purpose is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider.
If you are a history buff, you might be interested in reading more about the beginnings of dressage that date back to Xenophon in Greece and include a long line of riding masters, both from the military and the famous riding schools which developed during the Baroque era.
Athletes must compete in two out of three events, with all combinations required to compete at Rotterdam.
Judges are licensed by the USEF and the FEI and are assisted by scribes who write down the judge’s scores and comments during the test.
Success in dressage is dependent on the rider’s position and ability but because of the goal of the training, many horse breeds can be quite successful.