A NOBLE PASSION. THE HIGHEST FORM OF EQUESTRIANISM, BETWEEN ART AND SPORT
As harmonious as a dance, as strict as a theorem, as challenging as the toughest of sports, dressage boasts a long-standing tradition. Its origins date back to the Italian Renaissance. A true art, it was later improved at the French courts, becoming widespread all over Europe that is today still based on a wealth of knowledge and skill handed down across generations. The traditional sport of aristocrats and generally considered as the highest equestrian style, it has been an Olympic discipline in its own right since 1912. A timeless, yet utterly modern sport, practised in the world’s most exclusive equestrian clubs, dressage is the object of spectacular competitions. Enthusiasts know only too well that at the core of this sport is a combination of rigour and intuition, determination and passion, strength and exercise. Of all the equestrian sports, it serves best to enhance the beauty in the movements of its two main players – the horse and the rider. Their unique synergy exudes from the seemless and fluid sequences they perform, known as “tests”. Dressage is a code of honour, founded on the rider’s deep respect towards his or her horse. A sporting culture that falls under the heading of high horse-riding. A fascinating sport, a universal icon of elegance and nobility.