Top Ten Most Viewed YourDressage Articles for the First Year

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YourDressage is celebrating its One Year Anniversary! More than 66,000 users have joined the YourDressage community and with over 600 posts to choose from, here are the top ten articles that sparked users’ fancy the most! 

1) Wrong! by Carly Wolfe

When an Adult Amateur from Florida first met a $700 Craigslist horse, she thought he was the wrong horse for her. What followed were many, many times of him proving her wrong!

2) Riding Is One of the Most Difficult Forms of Artistic Sport by Walter Zettl

Walter Zettl (Mark Neihart photo)

The German-born dressage master Walter Zettl wrote this essay shortly before his death in June 2018. USDF thanks Zettl’s widow, Heide, for her permission to share this previously unpublished work. 

3) 2019 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®: Recap and Results

Photo by Susan J. Stickle.

The official 2019 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® recap is here! Find out who was awarded the perpetual trophies, the results from the Regions Cup, the High Score Breed Award winners, & see our full coverage from the event, all in one place! 

4) Ageless Pursuit by Dawn Metzger

Must read for retirement-aged riders! Dawn Metzger of Region 9 earned her USDF Gold Medal at age 67.  Here, she shares what she discovered about horses, instructors, learning, & physical mental fitness, & that you do not need to be a natural-born rider to achieve all your goals.

5) The Neurologic Dressage Horse by Heather Smith Thomas

photo by DUSTY PERIN

They’re not the top-of-mind suspects when a horse is not quite right, but nervous-system problems may be more common than we realize. In this article, reprinted from the 2019 July/August issue of USDF Connection, learn about neurologic problems, diagnostics, & treatments.

6) Fancy “Prancy” Not Required by Sally O’Dwyer

Do you need to have the fanciest horse to do well in dressage? Sally O’Dwyer breaks this question down in this light-hearted feature on YourDressage!

7) 5 Unique Dressage Mounts at Finals

Photo by SusanJStickle.com

When the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® were right around the corner, we revisited some of our favorite Finals memories. Here are 5 interesting & unique breeds that have strutted their stuff at the Kentucky Horse Park since the show’s inception.

8) American Saddlebred “Born to Rage” Shows on the Devon Stage by Ruby Tevis

Before 2019, Dressage at Devon had never seen an American Saddlebred compete in Materiale, until Laura Jumpp stepped in to the ring with Born to Rage, a 4-year-old American Saddlebred owned by the American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation. Not only did the pair make history – they walked out with a blue ribbon. 

9) Know Thy Test by Sally O’Dwyer

The new dressage test cycle poses a challenge for riders: what is the best way to learn the new tests? Sally O’Dwyer breaks down all the ways you can work towards earning your “PhD” in your test with her list of helpful tips for riders of any level.

10) Five Facts About USDF’s NEW Regional Schooling Show Awards

The USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program offers regional recognition to USDF Group Members, competing in non-USEF-licensed/non-USDF-recognized competitions. Here are 5 fast facts about this new & exciting program.

We are all looking forward to year two of YourDressage.org.  We have some exciting new ideas, stories, and videos on the horizon, and we can’t wait for you to join us here for your daily dose of unique dressage content!

Ready to contribute a potential top article for the exciting second year?  Submit your stories, ideas, and photos to yourdressage@usdf.org and let our community hear from you!

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