The competitors who dominated the Intermediaire I, Grand Prix and Under 25 national dressage championships at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. had something special in common.
As befits a global championship, the performances were world-class in the musical freestyle at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, but no one came close to getting between Isabell Werth and her title.
Today’s competition set the stage for Saturday’s freestyle title match, with world number one Isabell Werth of Germany topping the roster.
German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg shares stories of her equine partners to illustrate how the same basic training techniques help horses with different temperaments and body types excel.
Volker Brommann shows you how to make your horse stronger and more supple with shoulder-in, "the mother exercise of all lateral work."
Debbie McDonald prepares for the Olympic dressage jog before competition begins.
In spite of the bad weather, the U.S. Olympic dressage team are finding ways to get in the right frame of mind for what is to come with mock shows, dressage boot camp and more.
After a soccer game goes awry at the U.S. dressage team's headquarters in Hadleigh, they find other ways to work on their fitness leading up to the Olympic Games.
Debbie McDonald lands in England and writes about settling in with the U.S. Olympic dressage team.
Debbie McDonald writes about her experiences as the trainer of Olympic dressage rider Adrienne Lyle, who will represent the U.S. as a individual at the 2012 Olympic dressage competition, as they prepare to depart for London.