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The dressage warm-up arena can be a crowded place. Photo by Amber Heintzberger from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON.

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event 2017 starts today with the first horse inspection, and the dressage phase kicks off tomorrow morning. To make sure everyone’s ready to go, here are five tips for warming up prior to your dressage test from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON:

1  Start in walk on a 20-meter circle if the warm-up area is large enough. Introduce “inside leg to outside rein.” I usually start on the left rein, because most horses go better to the left and it starts them off well mentally. Get the horse walking nicely forward, slightly bent around your inside leg, and encourage him to reach softly down and forward.

2  Use some leg-yielding exercises to reaffirm your training and get the horse listening to your leg in both directions, left and right. Once you have his attention at the walk, go to rising trot. Rather than thinking about the the test, focus more on the correctness of the horse: You want him reaching for the bit softly; obedient to inside leg to outside rein; and with flexion to the inside.

3  Do lots of changes of direction and transitions within the trot to keep your horse’s attention and prevent him from getting “stuck.” Once his back is supple and loose, do a little bit of sitting trot, then ask for the canter. 

4  Do canter-trot-canter transitions on each rein. This is a great way of testing how well the horse is on the aids. I don’t want him to run or hollow out, and he should stay obedient through the transition.

5  You can practice specific parts of the test a few times, but when there is one horse to go before you, go back and work on your horse’s correctness–getting him in tune with your aids. Do lots of transitions, keeping the horse listening and thinking. Also, vary the horse’s frame. This last part of the warm-up is really to reinforce his attention on you.

Find more eventing advice in MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to download a free chapter or to order.

We’re thrilled to have two TSB authors competing at RK3DE this year: Phillip Dutton and Doug Payne. In addition, professional grooms Emma Ford and Cat Hill, and horseman Dan James, are involved in this exciting equestrian event.

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As the first day of of the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event wraps up and the dressage scores are in, we’re following along from the TSB offices. Two of our authors are competing: Phillip Dutton is author of the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, and Doug Payne has a book on the way called THE PROBLEM HORSE REPAIR MANUAL. Sign up under our SUBSCRIBE option (see right side of the blog) to receive updates regarding these books and their release dates later in 2012.

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TSB wishes the best of luck and safe riding to all this year’s Rolex competitors!


Phillip Dutton, author of the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, is competing at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Doug Payne, author of the forthcoming book THE PROBLEM HORSE REPAIR MANUAL, is competing at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

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Mary King, winner of both first and second place at the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, shares her words of advice in TSB author Denny Emerson's new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD.

The UK’s Mary King became the first rider ever to win both first and second place at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Sunday, May 1, 2011. King, who also led the British eventing team to a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, is one of the 23 riders–chosen from the best in the world in a variety of different horse sports–featured in Denny Emerson’s fantastic new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD.

Olympic eventer Denny Emerson’s book shares the very best of his advice and experience gathered over a lifetime of riding, teaching, and competing in several equestrian disciplines, and tells us all just how we can make better choices over the course of our own riding careers and turn into the very best rider we can be. The 23 rider profiles scattered throughout the book give us a little glimpse into the different backgrounds from which some of our riding idols arose and disclose some of the obstacles they overcame, in the hopes that their own success stories can help inspire us as we forge forth on a quest for riding greatness.

“Follow your dreams, even if they seem impossible,” says Mary King in HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD. “My own dreams seemed farfetched…but I have been able to do what I dreamed of doing.”

You can order your own copy of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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