I started out my riding (35 years ago) as a hunter/jumper. Then about 12 years ago I got a TB that would only accept a dressage saddle as her riding attire! So I started riding dressage. I now realize how important it is as a base to any discipline. Actually, I don't know how horses can jump successfully without it. As I've grown in this discipline I realize the depth of the horse's sensitivity and our need to be able to communicate to them in a language they can understand. It develops (if done correctly) an incredible partnership between horse and rider!!! It does take time (lots of it) and patience as the two of you learn to work together, but the results are immeasureable.