DressageTrainingOnline.com presents new videos that show the required movements of each level, Training through Third level, and helps you understand what they need to look like from the Judge's view. In these videos you will gain more understanding of the following: what a long and low frame looks like for optimal stretching over the back, super example of a free walk and stretchy circle, shoulder in, haunches in and renvere, counter canter, simple changes, extended gaits as well as the snaffle vs. double bridle discussion. Axel Steiner has been involved with dressage most his life. Judging and teaching have been his primary horse activities in recent years. Axel holds the highest judge ratings - Nationally "S" and Internationally (FEI) "O," and has judged so far in 31 countries. More recently he was on the panels for the 2000 Olympics, the 2003 Pan American Games, and the World Cup Finals in 2005. Col Steiner is a member of the USEF Dressage Committee, instructor/examiner for all judge promotions, and faculty member for the USDF "L" program.
Axel leads the Developing Nations Dressage Symposium, which was hosted by the Bear Spot Foundation, August 2011.
This symposium aimed to offer an intensive and high level learning experience for judges, trainers and coaches from the FEI Developing Nations. These include nations in South America and Central America, and Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands.
The Developing Nations Dressage Symposium is a USDF University Accredited Program and is viewable on DTO for submission to USDF for credits. Click here to view for credits.
New Video - Training Level through Second Level
At training level there is a beautiful demonstration of how to lower the poll to the correct spot to get the horse to stretch and swing through the back. Excellent free walk shown and super stretchy circle example. At first level there is a showing of leg yield and the shallow loop serpentine as required in the 1st level tests. Next at Second level-Axel begins to explain the reasoning behind the required movements and why they are sequenced as they are and how they are the building blocks to the higher level movements. Shoulder in demonstrated. He challenges you to ask yourself if you feel the outside shoulder coming up, lifting...because this is a great way to see if your riding a good shoulder in. Travere and renvere are nicely demonstrated. Counter canter is demonstrated and discussed. Two 10 meter half circles are shown and explained how they are supposed to be executed. Think curved line, straight line, curved line. Axel explains this is purposeful as a balance exercise.
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New Video - Third Level/3rd Level
Turn on the haunches is demonstrated and what is shown is what often happens, which is that the horse steps out and not around. This is an example of what you are not supposed to do. Next we move onto shoulder in and half pass is shown and discussed. This rider tactfully demonstrates using the whip without disruption to the contact. They also discuss use of the inside and outside leg in the half pass and Axel mentions that it is the inside leg that is the most important, to keep the bend and the impulsion. Emphasizing that you must always sit in the direction of the movement during your lateral work. They next move into flying changes. Extended canter and medium canter shown and discussed. Emphasizing the desire to gain length in stride and length in frame, but NOT to quicken. Next they move into the medium and extended walk. Discussing how to best show off your horse through this movement. They show the release of rein contact required at 3rd level. You want to show NO CHANGE when you do the release, proving that your horse is listening to the riders seat and not the hands. Simple changes are demonstrated. Paying special attention to the downward transition. If you have a good downward you should have a good upward, but not vice versa. Lastly, Axel fields questions from the audience on the use of a snaffle vs. the double bridle.