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  • Dressage in military uniforms
  • Dressage military uniforms

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    02-21-2012, 07:25 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
The rider and the horse bow and salute and thank the judge, and sometimes they kiss her hand.
I prefer to get off my horse and courtsy, do a little twirl then do a graceful leap back onto my unicorn and canter off with a trail of rainbows behind me. First impressions count for a lot in a dressage test
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    02-21-2012, 07:37 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
I prefer to get off my horse and courtsy, do a little twirl then do a graceful leap back onto my unicorn and canter off with a trail of rainbows behind me. First impressions count for a lot in a dressage test


You know... I saw you at a show recently... doing exactly that!
(You little show off!!)

     
    02-21-2012, 07:51 PM
  #13
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Well, MY horses are usually perfect gentlemen. They go up to C and shake hands with the judge.

But, if you must bow.....get it right!!

     
    02-21-2012, 08:05 PM
  #14
Trained
Allison, I tried to teach one of my horses to wave at the judge with its front legs - unfortunately the judge didn't appreciate flailing front legs less than a meter from their car for some weird reason... hence I went with the courtsy and rainbows idea ;)
I'm actually teaching Billy how to tap dance now - so when he's ready to compete, I'll do my courtsy/ballet routine, while he taps music for me
     
    02-21-2012, 08:12 PM
  #15
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I much prefer this. It's too bad I didn't serve long enough to retire from the Navy or I would ride my tests in uniform too.

     
    02-21-2012, 10:00 PM
  #16
Trained
Males can still salute like that Mildot, females do not ;)
     
    02-21-2012, 10:16 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Males can still salute like that Mildot, females do not ;)
I wish you were right, but that's not so in the US.

As a former serviceman, law and military regulation permits me to render a military salute to the flag and anthem of the United States or to those of countries recognized by the United States while in civilian clothes.

However, US Equestrian Federation dressage rules permit only military and police personnel in uniform to render a military salute. Men must either remove their hat and lower it by their side or perform the same salute as women.

I've come up with kind of a hybrid from the days of top hats: touch the brim of my helmet as if to remove it in salute, then slowly drop my hand at my side and incline the head. It feels more proper than just imitating what women do.
     
    02-21-2012, 10:20 PM
  #18
Trained
Thats not unique to you mate, its what most blokes here do. Just the male version of a salute.
     
    02-21-2012, 10:35 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Thats not unique to you mate, its what most blokes here do. Just the male version of a salute.
Good. It may not be exactly to the letter of the rules, but it looks a whole lot better.
     

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