The USDF Guide to Dressage: The Official Guide of the United States Dressage Foundation

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In this, the official guide to the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), Jennifer Bryant demystifies basic dressage techniques for riders of all disciplines. Assuming no prior knowledge of the sport, The USDF Guide to Dressage leads you through a full course of exercises, from simple to complex, illustrated by easy-to-follow full-color photographic sequences. This authoritative guide also includes the dramatic and colorful history of dressage; an overview of proper terminology and equipment; and information ...

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The USDF Guide to Dressage: The Official Guide of the United States Dressage Foundation

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Overview

In this, the official guide to the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), Jennifer Bryant demystifies basic dressage techniques for riders of all disciplines. Assuming no prior knowledge of the sport, The USDF Guide to Dressage leads you through a full course of exercises, from simple to complex, illustrated by easy-to-follow full-color photographic sequences. This authoritative guide also includes the dramatic and colorful history of dressage; an overview of proper terminology and equipment; and information on competition, cross-training for other disciplines, management of the dressage horse, cross-training for achieving rider fitness, and much more.

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“Bryant gives a thorough discussion of what a rider needs to know to survive the entry into dressage….It’s a wonderful book...”

Eventing USA

“This is an excellent book for all levels of riders…This fantastic guide will be a treasured work for students of dressage.”

The American Quarter Horse Journal

“Whether the reader has been in the saddle for years or has just begun, The USDF Guide to Dressage offers an essential key to building a more satisfying relationship between horse and rider.”

Alaska Horse Journal

“[Bryant] provides a solid overview of basic dressage movements and useful lessons that will help you and your horse learn as a team.”

Albemarle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175296
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 704,286
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer O. Bryant is the editor of USDF Connection, the member magazine of the United States Dressage Federation. Her writing has appeared in numerous equestrian publications including Paint Horse Journal, Horse & Rider, and Horse Show. Jennifer lives in Chatham, New York.

George Williams is an international Grand Prix—level dressage competitor and vice president of the United States Dressage Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I. Preliminaries

1 Origins and History

2 Are You Dressage Material?

3 Dress for Success

4 Outfitting Your Horse

Part II. Basic Training

5 Selecting an Instructor

6 Your First Dressage Lessons

7 The Training Scale

8 The Walk

9 The Trot

10 The Canter

11 Basic Dressage Movements

12 Training and Cross-Training

Part III. Showtime!

13 Letters and Levels

14 Know before You Show

15 Show-Ring Attire and Turnout

16 Show-Day Pointers

Part IV. Physical Education

17 The Fit Dressage Rider

18 Your Dressage Partner

19 Keeping Your Horse Sound and Healthy

Part V. Fun Extras

20 Dressage with a Twist

21 Learning outside the Arena

22 Must-See Shows and Events

Part VI. Appendixes

Appendix A: All about the USDF

Appendix B: Dressage-Related Associations

Appendix C: Resources

Appendix D: Outfitters

Glossary

Photography Credits

Index

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