You open up the dressage handbook and immediately you know that this book is different from any other dressage books you’ve ever read in your life. It’s a collection of facts, information and quotes to do with dressage.. the best way to describe it is that this book tries to emulate what it feels like to be a dressage queen!
Check out the Introduction:
” In this book, you’ll find the answers to many Dressage
questions, and the stories behind numerous of Dressage’s most
intriguing pieces of trivia. Each entry includes a fact, the story
behind that fact, and related quotes. I’ve tried to prioritize
them all in some way, but they don’t form a logical line – they
are there for you to explore and ZigZag through.
Together, we’ll jump around from one thing to another, always
finding something Dressage related along the way. Chances
are, wherever you wind up, it’ll be someplace interesting.
As each entry proves that there is so much more to find out
about the Dressage big picture, you’ll be able to call yourself a
true Dressage expert.
So welcome to the world of Dressage facts, trivia and quotes,
where there is much, much to learn.”
A dressage handbook without a logical line… one that zig zags through various topics?? That sounds exactly like I do my Google searches on the topic… (and if I’m really honest it also looks a lot like our centre lines… ahum… )
The book has 188 pages packed full with content. It’s not one of those fluff books with a lot of aesthetic white spaces.. nope.. every pages is filled to the brim with information and trivia about dressage.
Dressage – Arena
The standard arena is 20m by 60m (66x197ft), and is used for
tests in both pure dressage and eventing. The standard dressage
arena letters are A-K-V-E-S-H-C-M-R-B-P-F. The letters
on the long sides of the arena, nearest the corners, are 6m
(19.7ft) in from the corners, and are 12m (39.4ft) apart from
each other. The letters along the centre line are D-L-X-I-G,
with X again being half way down the arena. There is speculation
as to why these letters were chosen. Most commonly it is
believed because the German cavalry had a 20 x 60 meter area
in-between the barracks which had the letters posted above the
1992 Summer Olympics – Venues
Real Club de Polo de Barcelona – equestrian (dressage, jumping,
eventing final), modern pentathlon (riding)
’It’s very good for you, riding. You know how every model is like, ‘I do yoga.’ Well, I find horses to have the same effect, in that you have to put
your ego aside and concentrate on making the horse do the things you want it to do, and move in the way you want it to move – particularly if
you’re doing dressage.’