Have you ever wondered, half way through a dressage test, why they chose the particular letters that are used in a dressage arena?
The numbers seem random, but they aren’t.
Who Chose The Dressage Letters?
The dressage letters came to be in the German courts. The royal stables would have its horses prepared for members of the court and royalty to ride.
So each horse was ready for its rider, they were taken to a designated spot. That way, the King (or Kaiser) could come in, knowing that his horse would be ready at his letter ( K ).
The letters and their known corresponding roles were:
K = Kaiser
E = Edeling/Ehrengast (Guest of Honour)
H = Hofsmarshall
M = Meier (Steward)
B = Bannertrager (Standard Bearer)
F = Furst/Prince
P = Pferdknecht/Ostler
V = Vassal
S = Schzkanzler (Chancellor of Exchequer)
R = Ritter (Knight)
Other letters may have represented other roles, or they may have been chosen at random to fill in extra spaces when dressage was developed as a discipline.
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10 Masterpieces of Art that Have Horses in them
1. The Lascaux cave paintings.
The paintings are found on the walls of caves in France. They are estimated to be 17,000 years old. The paintings depicted horses, as well as now-extinct deer that were many times larger than modern deer. The horses are usually depicted as peacefully coexisting with other animals.
2. The Bayeux Tapestry
A 70 metre long length of cloth with embroidered artwork, this medieval artefact depicts horses amidst battle. The tapestry is over 900 hundred years old and tells the story of the fight for England.
There are a total of 190 horses in the tapestry, all hand-embroidered.
3. The Uffington White Horse.
This enormous artwork was made in prehistoric times, using a very unique technique. The artists cut into the surface of a hill and filled the trenches with white chalk, creating an enormous depiction of a horse.
The figure is approximately 2,000 years old. Strangely, it is very difficult to see the artwork from any position other than the sky.
4. The Standard of Ur.
Made of mosaics inlaid into wooden panels, this incredible artwork was found in a royal tomb, beside a man that had been sacrificed for the king.
The mosaics are made of shells and stone and depict horse-drawn chariots in a scene of war. Other sides of the wooden box show scenes of peace. This artwork is believed to be 3,600 years old.
5. Horses of Saint Mark.
1,700 years old, these incredibly well detailed horse sculptures are made of copper. They were stolen by Napoleon, but eventually returned to Italy.
Although only the horses remain, they would have originally been pulling a chariot.
6. Leonardo’s Horses.
Leonardo Da Vinci was commissioned to create the largest horse statue ever created. Unfortunately, the sculpture was never complete and even his clay tests were destroyed.
Illustrations and studies that Da Vinci did for the for the project have survived, however, and show a characteristically detailed understanding of a horse’s anatomy.
The horse was later built to show what Da Vinci had intended and had not been able to complete.
7. The horses of Achilles.
Anthony Van Dyck was an artist in the 1500’s often asked to paint portraits or royalty on their horses. He also painted horse-only images that were often darker and more emotionally challenging.
In this painting, he is depicted the immortal horses of the Achilles, from Greek mythology.
8. A lion attacking a horse.
George Stubbs is perhaps the artist most associated with horses. His famous depiction of a horse being bitten by a lion is particularly harrowing.
Stubbs painted the exact same arrangement multiple times, with minor changes to the surroundings, and returned to the theme 17 times in total.
Created by Pablo Picasso in response to Germany bombing the Spanish village Guernica, the painting is the size of an entire wall. In the centre of the violence and chaos is a dying horse.
10. The Horse in Motion.
Less likely to be considered an artpiece, this collection of images was derived from photos
taken by 12 cameras in quick succession of a trotting horse.
The images were made to better understand the horse’s movement while trotting.
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Building A Large Shed – Quotes, Examples & Cost Estimates
What this article covers: Farm/Rural Shed – Equestrian – Industrial – Commercial – Educational – Aviation – Architect-designed – Domestic/Backyard.
Broad acre farming often requires huge sheds to store stock, feed, machinery & livestock. Wide spans give you the ability to have large openings that allow easy access for large farm machines like harvesters. They are robust and hardy against the elements; a lifelong investment that will serve you for decades.
Average cost for a big span farm shed: $68,261
Large equestrian structures are indoor riding arenas, often with stable complexes attached. We have a high level of expertise producing indoor arenas for dressage and other equestrian sports reaching up to sizes 77m x 46m. These structures are designed to fit the client’s need and can include all features you might desire.
Average cost to an indoor riding arena: $124,000.
Commercial & Office Buildings
Commercial builds need to be expertly engineered and flawlessly erected, particularly when building large offices & factories. We have experience building commercial structures up to 100m x 50m. Infrastructure is a valuable investment and will improve your business.
Average cost of a commercial building: $166,900
Large Backyard Sheds
Residential and domestic sheds usually include small storage sheds and garages. However, client often go bigger with an American-style barn. These sheds offer a larger space for storage big enough to house multiple vehicles and a workshop. The American-style barn is not only a stylish addition to your property, but offers large storage space for a range of purposes.
Average cost for an American barn: $43,005
Industrial Sized Sheds
This larger category of building refers to warehouses up to 80m x 80m. Value-engineering and intelligent design will ensure that your industrial investment will work efficiently and will increase your business’ productivity. It’s a great idea to talk to a consultant from the very beginning of your project to endure your budget is adhered to and your building suits the functions it needs to.
Average cost for a large warehouse is $80,000 to $400,000.
Educational Buildings & Ball Covers
Those in the educational industry looking at building a big construction, covered-over learning areas offer you bespoke sizes and designs for ball court covers ranging up to 48m x 43m. This is a lasting investment for schools and their students’ safety, as well as those in educational or sporting. Covers like this have padded columns, anti-bird netting and roof insulation.
Average cost for a large ball court cover: $114,00
Aviation Hangars & Buildings
Bigger aircraft hangars can range up to 64m x 30m. We provide a variety of options for those interested in building a large aircraft hangar, customised to your aircrafts and needs. We have the decades of experience in aeroplane and helicopter hangars that are required to get the precision and value a large aviation building requires.
Average cost for an aircraft hangar: $98,782
Taking a more architectural and customised approach to sheds, people often choose to engage an architect to design a unique, one-of-a-kind homes that make use of steel frames. Larger constructions that come under this category are referred to as liveable sheds, reaching up to sizes of 100m x 50m. These buildings are completely customised to fit your dreams and your vision.
Average cost for bigger habitable sheds: $56,488