I used to be very active in playing the saxophone, and even started college as a music major before deciding I didn't like it. But it taught me a very important lesson: when you get into something, you should know both its history and what's going on with it in the present.
I just started dressage this year: I'm an intro level rider after being a hunter/jumper for 2 years. So as far as dressage, what are some big names I should know? Current trends? What else should I do other than take my lessons? Obviously, attending live shows and going to clinics will help. And obviously, working out and doing things like pilates and ballet to improve my balance. But am I missing anything? Can I be doing anything else? My goal is to one day get into eventing. But so far I know the least about dressage.