Horse and rider in Olympic dressage competition.


(French for ‘training’)

Dressage is a classical form of horse training, as well as a sport designed to gauge how well a horse has responded to this training.

In a dressage competition, a horse must execute a variety of
movements, called airs, in response to barely perceptible signals
from its rider.

Judges take into account a horse’s pace and bearing as it executes
walks, trots, pirouettes, canters, and other maneuvers.

Dressage is divided into two levels: the elementary campagne
and the advanced haute école.

I cringed when Luke told me he used to compete in rodeos. I am also a horse person, but I used to compete in dressage.