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post #1 of 4 Old 11-21-2010, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Question the "harvard" of the dressage world?

I am looking seriously into a career in dressage training, coaching, and competing. I have been looking around in Europe for a high class Dressage school to attend after highschool ( hopefully ). I was just wondering if there is a specific riding stables / school that, if accepted, would put you at the top of any coaching list, ect. the largest riding school i know of is the Spanish riding school of Vienna.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-21-2010, 08:42 PM
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The spanish riding school is not a riding school as such.

They only accept the best and it is an entire career, those that learn there spend 20+ years learning and then stay on at the school, it is not a stepping stone to training career, it is a serious long term commitment.

To behonest there are no real dressage "schools". The best way to learn top level dressage is to become a working pupil on a top yard, you spend the first few years learning to care for a horse at that level and generaly doing all the horrid work. within this there will be lessons on good horses.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-22-2010, 01:52 PM
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Your best bet is to talk to someone that has been to Europe and trained and get some contacts through them. They don't take just anyone. If you are not bringing your own horse and are not paying your way, be prepared to be doing barn work.
If you are bringing your own horse and paying your own way then you will get a good education. In dressage, money buys success.

Question - why are you travelling to Europe when you have a very high quality, international rider and trainer in your area who was trained in Europe (If your location is right on your post)?? Way cheaper to stay in your area and train than take a gamble on going to Europe in my opinion...
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Definitely what anebel said. How much dressage have you done? It is not a sport that you can just walk into a 'school' and have a good trainer, then immediately be a brilliant and successful rider. It takes an incredible amount of hard work, dedication and natural talent, feel and patience to achieve in dressage, and of course, money!
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