DOSWELL, VA (WWBT) - Dressage is based on the relationship between a horse and his rider and it's taking the international stage during the 2012 London Olympic Games. While Ann Romney's Rafalca and the elite horses and riders take the field in the games, the sport of dressage is more popular in the Richmond area than one might think.
Area stables, such as Chestnut Oak in Doswell, are teaching riders of all levels and ages the sport. Dressage takes time to learn as riders develop chemistry with their horses. In the event, horses perform several moves and routines as judges observe their calmness, relaxing and attention to their riders throughout the ride. It takes place in a 20 meter-by-60 meter arena.
Dressage experts in Richmond have said that they are seeing a growing number of professional middle-aged women take up the sport. Wanda Escobar, who trains at Saddlebrook Stables in Powhatan, and Pati Pierucci, who trains at Chestnut Oak, both say that these career women are using dressage as an outlet and a therapy.
Those interested in learning more about dressage in the Richmond area can visit the following websites: