It’s an Art Form
The sport developed initially as an art form based on training for battle, and not as a competition. It rose in popularity during the Renaissance. Since then it’s been developed to become a competitive sport set in a 20 x 60-meter arena, marked by a series of letters that indicate where specific movements should be done. Dressage was not a competitive sport until it was introduced to the Olympics in 1912.
It’s All About Accuracy
Judges assess accuracy, athleticism, artistry and, level of training. Movements are scored on a scale of one to 10 — the higher the score, the better. Also, the better the horse responds to cues and commands, the better results Some moves can include a canter Pirouette (a 360-degree turn in place), a Piaffe (trotting in place) and Flying Changes (these make it appear as though the horse is skipping). It’s almost like ballet for horses!
It Took Off In The U.S
It took decades for the sport to become popular in the States. By the early 1980s, more Americans had visited Europe and began to learn from the French art form. Slowly horsed began to be bred for this purpose. It’s now super popular and was even dubbed the “Official Colbert Report Sport of the Summer.” by talkshow host, Stephen Cobert.