Global Dressage Forum More Exciting Than Ever
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Posted by Claartje van Andel dressagedirect
New study on canter
The famous American 'horse professor' Hilary Clayton will speak about the canter, the changes that occur with training and the rhythm problems that may arise. She will give a unique demonstration with a horse that can show the typical young horse canter, the FEI collected canter and the canter pirouette. Clayton: "by looking more careful and studying the movement with high speed video we found out that things are different then we have considered them to be for a long time. This might even have consequences for rules and judging".
Charlotte Dujardin will bring her phenomenal horse Valegro
It's a fact that after years of domination, first from the German and later from the Dutch, the relations in the international dressage sport have been completely reshuffled. Ten months before the Olympic Games, the organization of the Global Dressage Forum invited these riders to Hooge Mierde " to study once again and see what we can learn from the top riders" says Joep Bartels. Since 11 years the international dressage in crowd is yearly gathering at the Forum. "This year we expect more the 350 riders, trainers and other dressage enthusiasts from 25 different countries", Bartels explains.
Bridleless Grand Prix: why not?
French Grand Prix rider Alizee Froment will even go one step further. During the Global Forum she will ride her Grand Prix horse bridleless.
Alizee Froment is the French pony Chef d'Equipe and a young Grand Prix rider who competes at CDI level. Riding dressage horses is her profession. Alizee says that it is sometimes essential to break the routine of riding the one after the other. "It is the reason why one day, when my Grand Prix horse Mistral was saddled and waiting for me, I decided to leave the bridle aside and just put his head-collar on. I needed to check that Mistral and I were still one. From the first tentative steps, I once more felt pleasure with blood running through my veins, found a taste of freedom and the immense confidence I had in him. More than anything, what came out was an optimal concentration between us, each on the other. In my eyes, dressage is the way toward perfect understanding and absolute harmony and working in the head-collar is a further step along this path. This is why I decided to work all my horses regularly in this way from my 5-year olds to my two Grand Prix horses".
Alizee Froment will demonstrate her bridleless riding at the Global Dressage Forum and discuss with trainers, judges and an audience of international dressage experts from over 25 countries some of the following questions. Is bridleless riding compatible with 'classical' dressage? What about the technical riding details, how does one work like this, and how often, and how does it combine with usual double-bridle riding? And finally, to be discussed with the FEI representatives: to what extent should the rules of competitive dressage adapt?
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