I came across this funny little site. More or less, it's a caricature of some of the trends that are occurring in dressage as well as exaggeration and ingenuity written out from the point of the future. A very humorous and interesting read. Here's the link:
Super Prix Intro
A few excerpts (pictures are on the website as well)
"In today’s highly competitive world of team sports, Super Prix is acclaimed as one of the most exciting and spectacular. With a fan base exceeding that of the NFL football of the last century, SuperPrix! (formerly known as Dressage), has found a popularity unmatched by any other spectator sport. The combination of huge, powerful (and often unpredictable) horses ridden by petite, beautiful women in curve-hugging bodysuits has been embraced by a public jaded by the ubiquity of male-dominated contact sports.
For decades riders had complained of the paucity of clothing choices available to competitors, often lamenting that it was difficult to express one’s personal style when confined to old fashioned-looking black coats and white breeches. Other sports had updated their uniforms to reflect current fashions, but dressage riders still looked like something out of a fancy dress ball in the 19th Century. At least the men did. The women looked like they were in drag."
Just as Schreckmeister is the archtypical Prix Prix horse, Tarantulus displays the specialized traits that have earned him the highest scores in the history of Aesthetic Equitation. The quality of his lateral work has been favorably compared to that of the king crab because of his astonishing ability to move at leg-blurring speed in any direction, be it forwards, backwards, sideways or diagonally.
As a foal Tarantulus' appearance gave little indication of his future greatness. In fact his breeder was appalled when the hairy black foal was born, remarking that the leggy creature had more resemblance to a spider than a horse, hence his name. Further concern was expressed when it was noticed that the clumsy youngster’s preferred mode of travel was a sideways canter in which he zipped insect-like from place to place."
So, thoughts? Comments?