What a perceptive and illuminating seminar! The title and main topic of the three-hour event, the parallels between riding and dancing, offered new perspectives to dressage riders within an engaging framework of entertainment, insights and beautiful horses. Susanne Miesner, the brain behind the ‘Classical Sales Warendorf’ concept, inaugurated the seminar with a talk touching upon several crucial points of the training of both horse and rider and of the correct management of the dressage horse. She stressed the importance of a global, comprehensive approach to riding, which ranges from the physical fitness of the rider (leading to correct muscle use) to the importance of daily turnout for the horses.
Miesner was soon joined on the stage by Michael Hull, a ten-time World Champion in several dancing disciplines with three different partners. It was easy to highlight the similarities between riding and dancing, from the attraction between two beings which triggers the partnership, to the value of trust within that partnership. It was clear that most of the key points of dancing, such as the concepts of tension, relaxation, beat, and correct posture, can also be applied to riding, in an almost identical way.