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DRESSAGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
"DRESSAGE AS AN ALL BREED SPORT"

1. HOW DO YOU SEE THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF DRESSAGE CHANGING YOUR BREED

The owners and breeders of Andalusian horses have always been very active in the promotion o f dressage within our breed. We are proud to own horses of a breed that was historically involved in dressage in its very earliest development. We see our horses as the original dressage horses. and we are proud and fascinated with their place in history in this regard, as well as encouraged C their place in modern dressage. Past years have seen our members often showing their horses in exhibition, both dressage inspired, and high-school exhibitions as the medium for presentation of the horse to the public. The changes in the direction of modern dressage competition towards lightness and elegance has resulted in an enormous surge of enthusiasm within our breed for this type of competition. The recent great successes of the Pure Spanish horses named EVENTO and INVASOR both at the Olympics and in Europe at the international dressage competitions have served to remind people worldwide of the value of these beautiful and talented horses. Breeders find their enquiries for Andalusians with potential for dressage have expanded ten-fold in the pas few of years. They are always trying to breed horses to serve this area of interest, while still remaining true to breed type.

2. IS THERE A PARTICULAR TRAIT THAT SETS THIS BREED APART FROM OTHER BREEDS IN SUITABILITY FOR DRESSAGE? ARE THEIR TRAITS THAT WORK AGAINST IT?

The development of the Spanish horse, the Andalusian, over thousands of years has resulted in a horse that is particularly suited to the rigors of dressage. They are strong, sound, short in the back, athletic, and masters of collection. Collection and work on the hind end are natural and easy for this breed, with extreme impulsion and explosive action being developed in the crucible of the bullfight heritage of these horses. Because of their physical structure, some of them find extended work more difficult than collection to start with, and for that reason, some of our riders and competitors start competing when they are at 2nd level and above. Correctly trained, they are, however, just as capable as other breeds of lengthening their strides, and often do so with greater balance and ease after they have been taught some collected work. In the past, it seemed that the competitive dressage ring to be rather confined to enormously large horses, and some Andalusian owners felt they were at a disadvantage. However, nowadays that does not seem t o be quite as important, and there are many horses within our breed that are quite able to compete. both in size, and certainly in talent.

It has been found by many dressage riders that the temperament displayed by the horses in this breed, both noble and active, kind and fiery, added to their extreme trainability and lack of resistance, blend together to make training a pleasure. The very exacting nature of dressage and the discipline necessary to achieve the higher levels, requires an intelligent, giving nature in a horse, and the Spanish horse seems to display a special intelligence, aptitude and understanding that has come with the hundreds of years of his service to man. Their smooth, fluid way of going has proved a great draw to many people who have found their enormous moving horses damaging to the human back and exhaustingly difficult to ride. The breeders of Spanish horses have man enquiries from dressage riders who desparately want to enjoy their sport again.

3. DOES DRESSAGE AID THIS BREED IN ITS MORE ESTABLISHED DISCIPLINES

The versatility of this breed is well known to the public. Besides dressage, they are used in high school exhibitions, 3 day events, jumping, cutting, reining, western and english pleasure riding. saddleseat and driving. Within the breed are individuals who excel at one or more of these disciplines according to their individual talents. As with many open disciplines, the Andalusian seems to attract a great deal of attention when he is presented in public, and it is particularly dressage that their physical beauty, balance and grace are displayed to their superbly best advantage. As with any discipline, most of our breeders are fully aware of the benefits of dressage as a method of training for the fulfillment of the athletic potential of a horse, giving it balance and strength for any discipline.

THESE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED IN HUMILITY BY
LANYS KAYE-EDDIE - WHO HAD THE PLEASURE AND HONOR OF RIDING AND COMPETING A PURE SPANISH STALLION, IMPORTED FROM SPAIN, FROM TRAINING LEVEL THROUGH HIS MIDDLE TRAINING, AND THEN WATCHING WITH PRIDE AND ANXIETY AS HIS CAREER TOOK OFF IN THE HANDS OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS. LANYS HAS MAINTAINED HER TIES TO THE DRESSAGE DISCIPLINE IN CALIFORNIA, AND IS DELIGHTED TO SEE NEW AND WONDERFUL ANDALUSIANS COMPETING IN THE OPEN DRESSAGE COMPETITIONS, IN CALIFORNIA, THE U.S., EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD.



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