Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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You wouldn't believe how many people jump with no dressage background what-so-ever.
I cannot tell you how many times I've heard Hunter/Jumpers at low levels in my area say "I want a lesson, but I refuse to do any of that dressage nonsense" and my coach laughs at them - who competed A circuit and went GP. He rides and trains Level 3 dressage.
When you walk, trot, canter - guess what.....you're doing dressage. When you do 20 meter circles and do serpenties and work on roll backs - guess what!!!! You're doing dressage.
Oh no - the evil D word! *covers sides of face with hands* lol -
Flat Work = Basic Dressage.
Grand Prix Jumpers - do minimally level 3 dressage. Most GP Riders, will spend countless hours doing flat work/dressage with their mounts - more so than going over fences. Most will jump once a week and will do dressage the rest.
I find it funny how lower level riders try to mimic GP riders - clothes, riding gear, tack...but the one thing many fail to mimic....is the discipline itself and the work it takes to compete successfully.
I have heard of World Class Barrel Racers - taking Dressage Lessons. Reiners taking dressage lessons...................Dressage is the fundamentals to all aspects of riding.
Without it, you have holes.