Dressage a French term, most commonly translated to mean "training") is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as "the highest expression of horse training", where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. International Equestrian Federation, Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games.
"Nothing forced or misunderstood can be beautiful" -Xenophon
"Dressage is striving for the equation 1+1=One" -Author Unknown
"The trust between human and horse is based on the same behavioral rules that regulate social life within the herd: Those who have obtained a higher rank in the herd assume at the same time the responsibility for the weaker members." -(1983; translation: T. Ritter)
"DRESSAGE, n.: the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively imperfect" -Author Unknown
"Competitive riding should be classical riding at its best." -Charles de Kunffy
"Horsemanship is not merely a matter of bodily skills, but is based on scholarship and, therefore, is a matter of the mind and intellect. Good horsemansip is based on proper character development and, therefore, is also a matter of mentality and spirit. Without the correct attitudes and insights, there cannot be the right sport." -Charles de Kunffy
"Dressage. It's a science before it's an art" -Author Unknown
"Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you a horse" -Author Unknown
"They say that princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom." -Ben Jonson
"Poll flexion is not Pull Flexion." -DR. Thomas Ritter
"give and take...the art is in the give not in the take" -Author Unknown
Quotes by Nuno Oliveira:
“Descente de main: the rider relaxes his fingers and the horse meanwhile maintains the same pace, the same attitude and the same cadence.”
"A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities."
"Training a horse is above all feeling and trying, according to what you feel, to help the horse and not to force him."
"Equestrian art is the perfect understanding and harmony between horse and rider."