I'm just saying I see no reason why people are told they are ruining their horses because they don't practice 2nd level dressage, or training under a top level dressage trainer, or blah blah blah.
I don't recall anyone saying that you have to have 2nd level dressage, nor train under a top lovel dressage coach.
You must have dressage under you, in order to jump.
Jumping is Dressage with speed bumps. The evidence is there, with those who show up at comps and have strong basics of dressage under them, are beating those who do not. Plain and simple.
Horses who have their rides focus allot on dressage with their horses, are cleaning up in the competative ring, and are progressing higher and higher and higher in levels.
Plain and simple.
If you look at the world of Eventing. Look at the dressage tests for Beginner Novice, and Novice.
Now - in accordance to those dressage tests, take a look at the height of fences they are jumping. Nothing exceeding 3'0".
Now, look at Training Level. Look at their dressage tests. Much different. They are in accordance to the heights they are jumping.
Continue to do this from Prelim to CIC**** and CCI****.
Vast differences in levels of dressage, and heights of fences from Beginner Novice/Novice to 4 star.
Because the dressage has to coincide with the heights of fences - designed by the masters such as Jim Wofford, Davidson's, O'Connors and the list goes on.
BECAUSE DRESSAGE IS THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GOOD PERFORMANCE IN OUR SPORT!
It creates an all round, developed, balanced mount. And it creates a rider who can use their aids independantly, efficiantly, effectively, with balance and strength.
If you even attempt to Event, with little basics of dressage - you will not place.
Our Masters stress time and time and time again, how important dressage is. Because there is strong evidence to support it.
No one here said you have to train 2nd level dressage just to jump 2'3" - 2'6", 2'6" - 2'11". No one said that.
But it is clear evidence, that when a horse is plowing around heavy and fast and flat, that there is lack of education in the dressage department.
Be FAIR to your horses. Be FAIR to you.
The heigher you go up in heights, the more dressage you must put into your horse and yorself. Doesn't mean you have to train 2nd level movements, but I'll tell you what - it sure does help.
You don't have to have a Top Level Dressage coach to do this eiter - but lets be honest and frank here. How many good "All Round" coaches are there out there? Slim to none.
Another beef of mine. Too many coaches thinking they can teach everything. But that's another topic.
Venture out there, venture out of your little world of lessons at your barn. Venture OUT. Go to clinics and audit them. Listen, watch, observe, ask questions. Ride in clinics if you can. You can obtain so much!
Take what you've learnt and bring that home with you.
No one here is telling you, that you have to go to 2nd level dressage to jump - that is an over exaggeration or have to have a top level dressage coach - another over exaggeration.
What we are telling you, is that dressage shows its evidence of proper training, education, in both horse and rider. The evidence is there.
I have cliniced under 4 star Rolex Eventers, and whenever a student has an issue, they always stress - go back to dressage.
Jim Wofford stresses it in his columns. David and Karen O'Connor, Ian Millar, Beezie Madden, George Morris - all of them, and the list goes on - tell their students that dressage is the fundamentals to good riding. Without it, you are doing an injustice to both you and your horse.
I've heard it. I've read it. I've seen the evidence.
I am no top level dressage competator. I do not train under some top level dressage coach. I compete Novice/Training eventing - and I am not doing 2nd level movements.
But I'll tell you what - I focus on dressage more so than anything else. We have our issues and things to work on - BUT - I know my horse can jump. I know I can jump.................but I want to make that jump just that much better.
If it wasn't for dressage, we'd look like others out there - not representing our sport, and their horses, to the best of their abillities.