Dressage is a french word which is interpreted as ‘training’. It is considered widely as the most artistic and elegant of equestrian sports. This sport requires a rider and horse to be in perfect harmony together whilst performing. Dressage riders and horses perform ‘tests’ that consist of a course of movements and are judged on a scale of one to ten on these.
Dressage is seen to be the foundation for mostly all equestrian disciplines. Due to the precision required in the movements, the rider and horse need to be balanced and aware down to the most subtle aids.
There are ten different levels of dressage. These range from very basic skills up the highest levels which require literal perfection and years of training to master. Each level until the sixth has three tests of which the rider can choose.
For the first four levels of dressage there is only one judge for tests. Judges score movements on a scale of one up to ten. Competitors and their horses are scored on collective marks and the score for each movement is added together to come up with a final number of points. After this the number of points is divided by the highest number of points achievable and multiplied by ten to create a final percentage score.
Dressage riders are required to wear formal clothing in tests. The dress code for all tests up to the fourth level is a short riding coat of conservative colour with a tie, choker, stock tie or integrated stand-up collar, light coloured breeches, boots, and protective headgear. There are more specific rules relating to certain levels.
Generally expensive breeds of warmbloods are used for dressage. Warmbloods are extremely talented horses with nearly all breeds having foundations in European countries. Whist these horses are beautiful and athletic you do not have to have a warmblood horse if you wish to compete in dressage.
5 Classic Australian Backyard Sheds
What Aussie property is complete without a nice backyard shed? They’re an iconic addition to any backyard.
Below are 5 great examples of iconic Aussie sheds, built by Central Steel Build.
An unusual shape, this car garage and workshop offer an excellent space for any Australian to get their hands dirty. Humble but interesting.
A beautifully designed building, The two rollers doors and open centre make this versatile and useful. The windows also make the interior space great for a range of activities, making it more than just a warehouse.
For those with a large car collection, this nice little shed has room for them all. A simple green colour, this shed is reminiscent of the beautiful bush that surrounds it.
For those with some small farm machinery to keep protected – a shed like this is perfect. The sliding doors give ample access to a nice sized storage area.
A huge workshop for anyone planning on getting up to some real hobbies! The roller door and the access door make this a great space for working on vehicles.