The Idea of Order: The Most Dangerous Part of a Dressage Show

No, it isn’t the risk of falling asleep from boredom.

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As a dressage rider, I speak from experience here. When my husband won in the Air Races a few weeks ago, he got to be paraded around on a fire truck. While that doesn’t sound like a ton of fun to me, personally, it does seem a lot more like a “reward” than being asked to gallop around with six to eight other small dragons who aren’t used to playing nicely with others.

Go Riding! 

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 34-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a now beastly 7-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at

Photo (c) Tamara with the Camera

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