Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
I give up, regardless of what I post I'm snobby and a bitch.
As far as I know I'm actually the only one out of every poster on this thread who actually is offering WD classes at my shows in 2013.
Go have fun being dressage riders everyone. Obviously the lifetime and life savings I've spent on dressage lessons, training and learning is worthless when I could have just bought a cutting horse and winged it without a single lesson and be in the same place with my riding. As an open invite you all can just call me and come out to ride my horse and then we'll see how "easy" dressage is. I never claimed any other discipline is easy or does not require knowledge (go back and read my post), I don't know why its perfectly ok to discipline bash dressage and dressage riders and claim its easy. Just because a cutting horse isn't doing dressage is no reason to get your hackles up. If a dressage horse does what a cutting horse does in either the warm up or the competition ring, then it gets eliminated for being dangerous. Food for thought.
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Anebel, I don't think any of us Europeans has ever bashed dressage as sport. Quite the opposite. Nor did we bash any other equestrian sport. To get to the higher levels of any equestrian sport, a lot of work, training, lessons and not to forget money is needed. And certainly a good horse.
What we, and I guess I can speak for jaydee, bluebird, muppetgirl and longride, and some others, don't get is that some dressage riders think competitive dressage is the only sport, and nobody but them has a right to use the term dressage. If these people could see a little beyond the edge of their plate, so to speak, they would acknowledge dressage as a means to train a responsive, precise, light, well rounded, obedient horse who can perform for a long time and has fun doing so, regardless of what type of sport it's being used in.