by Amber Heintzberger for USEF Equestrian Magazine
Dressage is not only a sport that is likely to take a lifetime to master, but one that most people can actually participate in throughout most of their life. While there are only a few marathon runners who keep racing in their 80s and 90s, there are quite a few riders who are able to climb aboard a horse and complete at least a Training Level test.
Special awards for senior equestrians in dressage include the Vintage Cup, Master�s Challenge and the Centurion Award. The Vintage Cup, for riders over age 50, and the Master�s Challenge, for riders over age 60, are presented by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). The Centurion Award, presented by The Dressage Foundation, is given to a horse and rider pair whose combined ages total more than 100 years old, who are able to ride down the center line and perform a dressage test.
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