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Thread: Ruth just punched her ticket to the Dressage Finals in Lexington KY

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    Ruth just punched her ticket to the Dressage Finals in Lexington KY

    United States Dressage Federation Region 7 and California Dressage Society Championships were held over the past 4 days Ruth and her horse Roxy Lee took the California Dressage Society Second Level Championship and was Reserve Champion at USDF Level 1 that Qualified her at both levels for the National Final in KY in Mid November

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    Excellent pics.

    She has not only succeeded personally, but professionally, as well. I'm betting she's invested much time and money to get to where she, and her horse, are.

    May it go well for both of them in Kentucky.

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    it's time to change the air in my head

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    Congratulations!
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    I'll never claim to understand what dressage is, but I do understand the value of dedication and perseverance toward a goal...Bravo, Ruth!......Ben
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    Excellent

    Another road trip in the making

    This is her "new" horse
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    Fantastic.. Congratulations

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    Yes this is her new Horse Partner. 17hand 5 year old Hanovarian Mare named Roxi Lee

    this is the ride that won the championship for her. Her riding and the horses movements are just so smooth

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    The quality of that video is impressive. I particularly like the way the horse holds its head. There's probably a name for that pose.

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    Okay, I have a couple of serious questions. I'm going out of character for a moment and not being a smart ass.

    What is the point of this type of riding? It looks very uncomfortable for the rider.

    Why does the horse drag its hoofs? Especially the right rear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I'm going out of character for a moment and not being a smart ass.
    i am marking this day on my calendar

    it has been 35 or 40 years for me since i worked at a horse farm, but from what i remember dressage was all about the training and rider to horse communication. the rider had to know and trust the horse to do its job at the show, and the horse had to trust the rider enough to follow it's instructions perfectly and perform comfortably. it was a sort of bond through trust from rider to horse and to have it look good if that makes any sense. also i might not have this 100% correct, it is just how i remember it, and i am not great with descriptions. heck i'm not good with words in either.

    that being said, i have seen dressage riding done very well, and it is like poetry in motion. the rider/horse communicate is beautiful to witness.
    it's time to change the air in my head

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Okay, I have a couple of serious questions. I'm going out of character for a moment and not being a smart ass.

    What is the point of this type of riding? It looks very uncomfortable for the rider.

    Why does the horse drag its hoofs? Especially the right rear?
    Last point first She is a 5 year old and is undergoing a growth spurt. Not everything is equal in length plus she was 4 days away from getting her hoofs trimmed and new shoes up front Hind right always grows faster for some reason and the toe was long.

    The sport evolved from Calvary Officers competing to see who was best at controlling their horse for fighting out of the saddle without killing each other. Ultimately you want to be able to control the horse with your legs and seat with little input from the hands. What you see here is a young horse that has only been under saddle one year and is just capable of the very basic movement. And yes this is a sport for the obsessive compulsive which is what my wife is
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    Thank you. It helps me understand a little bit better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Thank you. It helps me understand a little bit better!
    Mike this is from the World Championships. This is the world champion professional rider doing Grand Prix which is the top of the sport. this is what Ruth aspires to Her best at this level is a 71%

    https://youtu.be/TxOWgPC1TbU?si=0arDmASs9xhMevzC
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    The information presented shows me how, like any sport, there is tradition and function built into Dressage. Nice work, my friends.

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