Rarely in the world of sport are athletes called upon to muster the combination of strength and artistry demanded by dressage. Requiring the power and precision of gymnastics, and the grace and subtlety of ballet, dressage challenges mental preparation as well as physical prowess.
The word "dressage" is derived from a French term meaning training. The basic tenets of classical horsemanship were first recorded in a book by Greek general Xenophon around 400 B.C. and further developed at the royal courts of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. While once an activity of royalty, today dressage has evolved into a discipline and competitive sport accessible to all horses and riders.
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Entering a Show? Please Read!
We know that entering a recognized dressage show can be complicated! Please read the important information below to help you on your way. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
GMHA now accepts online entries through Horseshowoffice.com! If you are sending entries by mail, please use www.eqverification.org to print out your membership cards.
A Complete Entry Includes...
Sent by mail, a complete entry includes:
- A completed entry form with rider, owner, and trainer signatures
- Negative coggins within 12 months & proof of rabies vaccination (can be noted on your coggins)
- All horse, rider, and owner membership cards printed from www.eqverification.org- Learn more about required documentation.
Through HorseShowOffice.com, a complete entry includes:
- A completed online entry with payment (credit card or electronic check)
- If you enter current membership numbers correctly, the system will verify ALL memberships! No need to upload or send cards!
- Uploaded negative coggins within 12 months & proof of rabies vaccination (can be noted on your coggins).
- Uploaded signature page with rider, owner, and trainer signatures.
Please note: Incomplete entries will be charged per the Omnibus listing!
Fall Dressage Show
(October 3-4, 2015)
Intro-Grand Prix level tests, Dressage Equitation, Para-Equestrian ToCSee event details »
USEF/USDF Recognized Level 2 Competition
GAIG/USDF Region 8 Championship Qualifying Competition. Offering Intro through Grand Prix level tests, as well as Dressage Equitation and Para-Equestrian Test of Choice.
Enter online through HorseShowOffice.com! Be sure to upload your signature page, coggins, and proof of rabies vaccination when you enter online.
Dressage & Jumping Mix & Match (May 2, 2015)
Dressage and jumping options for all levels: Intro through Fourth Level, 18" to 3'6"!See event details »
Join us for a day of dressage and jumping fun to kick off your season!
- Intro through Fourth Level Dressage Tests
- Eventing Dressage Tests
- Jumping Rounds from 18" to 3'6"
Tons of Options!
Ride dressage only, jumping rounds only, or mix it up. Compete in multiple tests and/or jumping rounds at the same level or different levels. There's something for everyone!
(June 19-21, 2015)
Qualifier for NAJYRC, Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse championships, & Region 8 ChampionshipsSee event details »
Two chances to qualify for the Region 8 Championships!
June 19: June Dressage Day
Level 3 USEF/USDF Competition
June 20-21: June Dressage Show
Level 3 USEF/USDF Competition
Official Qualifying Competition for the 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North. Official Qualifying Competition for the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships.
This show offers a great variety of classes! Intro through Grand Prix, with Freestyles on Saturday afternoon, Para-Equestrian tests, Dressage Equitation, and Opportunity classes.
The June Dressage Show is TWO competitions with TWO chances to qualify for the 2015 Region 8 Championships!
High Horses Schooling Show (June 24, 2015)
To benefit High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program, Offering Dressage, Jumper classes, Equitation, pleasure classes, and fun & games!See event details »
To benefit High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Join us for a great day of equestrian competition and fun!
Offering Dressage, Jumper classes from 2'3" to 3'6", Equitation up to 2'9", pleasure classes, and fun & games!
Visit Showgroundslive.com to enter online, view class counts, and see live results!
(July 24-26, 2015)
Qualifying Competition for Region 8 Championships.See event details »
July 24: GMHA Dressage Day
USEF/USDF Level 3 Competition
July 25-26: GMHA Dressage Days
USEF/USDF Level 3 Competition
Two chances to qualify for the GAIG/USDF Region 8 Championships!
Official Qualifying Competition for the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships; the 2016 USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship; 2016 AGCO/USEF Junior and Young Rider Dressage National Championships; and the 2016 USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship.
Offering Training Level through Grand Prix classes. Three days of competition in four rings.
- Omnibus Listing- UPDATED per USEF. Note: Ray Denis will be filling in for Joan Fleser as Technical Delegate
If you have won a High Score award and did not pick up your ribbon at the show, please send a self-addressed envelope or box with postage paid and a note listing the awards you expect to recieve to GMHA and we will be happy to pack up your prize and send it back to you.
Want More Dressage?
The Central Vermont Dressage Association hosts several educational activities and schooling shows at GMHA throughout the season.
For more information, visit their website: www.cvda.org