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Back2Horseback 03-30-2013 04:54 AM

"What a GP Dressage Rider Thinks About During a Kur"....
Hi guys! This is a You Tube page I'm subscribed to, and while I am faaaar from a "dressage rider", (& honestly cannot say I ever aspire to become one, as I don't believe that is an area where MY particular talent and passion lie!), many of you either ARE truly superstars of dressage and/or will be one day!!

When I saw this video, my thoughts turned to those of you who ARE on your way (or already are!) here where this lovely lady is, and thought you might enjoy this!!:-)

existentialpony 03-31-2013 01:45 AM

This was so very lovely and encouraging! Thanks for posting! :D

tinyliny 03-31-2013 01:56 AM

what's "Kur"?

minstrel 03-31-2013 02:16 AM


Originally Posted by tinyliny (Post 2080154)
what's "Kur"?

Freestyle dressage to music. It's the German word for it - we don't tend to use it commonly here in the UK, but now and then the odd dressage diva throws it around ;)

Back2Horseback 03-31-2013 07:16 AM

I actually really enjoyed it, mainly because it showed me that this GP rider was quite down to earth, was very able to boast her accomplishments when and where they should have been boasted, but also cursed her own mishaps during the ride in exactly the same manner I curse my OWN faults during a plain old lesson!

It helped to show me that at heart, many riders, regardless of level, really are much the same. We all love what we are doing, want to do our best to understand out mount and give them our all, and want to also really go all out when the time is right! It was completely fun for me to hear her talking about how much she and her horse totally got into "showing off" for a crowd, and I loved her openness and unabashed manner of referring to the things she was thinking.

She's seemingly a pretty cool chick, from the teeny bit she let us see in her video, anyway! :wink: I would continue to follow her cable show/You Tube channel, and the information she puts out, because IMO, anyone who can laugh at herself AND feel pride in her work is well- balanced mentally and a person worthy of potentially taking some advice from!

HowClever 03-31-2013 07:30 AM

That was SO delightfully Aussie!

Kayty 04-01-2013 11:15 PM

Haha yes she is a classic Aussie -"sh*t, sh*tty, sh*t..." like a breath of fresh air :P
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equitate 04-02-2013 07:37 AM

Imho has no time to think about what they might when posting the vid after the fact (omg moments or horse enjoying xyz), and it is more than thinks about the line. Rather the rider thinks about how to set up the an exercise/movement, correctly their seat, a reward, when to employ half halts, preparation for the next. Doing a test is more a stream of self talk and consciousness.

Kayty 04-02-2013 05:16 PM

Absolutely equitate, I think this was actually intended to be more 'fun' orientated and possibly educational to those who are just commencing a dressage career, as opposed to someone readily established as yourself.
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TheLastUnicorn 04-02-2013 06:36 PM

I thought that was a hoot... Even if it wasn't exactly what she'd have been thinking during the actual test as far as the actually throught breakdown we all do when actually remembering and setting up each movement, it is exactly the kind of thing that goes through my head when watching video of myself after the fact. It is as though running through it afterwards I am reminded of all those secondary thoughts that were there, but not forefront of my mind.

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