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History of Equestrianism


The long and colourful traditions of dressage go as far back as Ancient Greece. Dressage, the highest expression of horse training, is considered the art of equestrian sport and is used as the groundwork for all other disciplines.

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks recognised that if rider and horse were to survive in battle, complete cooperation was necessary between the pair, and developed dressage as a method to train the horses for war. A horse’s ability to move quickly from side to side, burst into a gallop or change direction immediately were all considered vital skills.

With the disintegration of Ancient Greece, the art of riding slowly fell into oblivion until its revival during the Renaissance period. In the 18th century, classical dressage reached its peak with the creation of the world-famous Spanish Riding School in 1729 in Vienna that laid the basis of the modern discipline.  Continue reading from Olympics


Check out a Book on Equestrianism 

link to Lexington by Kim Wicken in the library
Link to The Complete Horse Riding Manual by William Micklem in the Catalog
Link to Horse People by Michael Korda in the Catalog
Link to Half Broke by Ginger Gaffney in the Catalog
Link to The Game of Polo by T.F. Dale in Hoopla
Link to The Complete Book of Horses by Sly in the Catalog
Link to Buying and Selling Horses for Sport by Amy Ganci in Hoopla
Link to Champions Day by James Carter in the Catalog
Link to Sandsablaze by Kimberly Gatto in Hoopla
Link to The Horsewoman by James Patterson in the Catalog
Link to Crossing the Line by Rosser in the Catalog
Link to High Stakes by Dick Francis in the Catalog