Some breeds are better suited to dressage competition than others, especially in the ever trendy world of equestrian dressage.
Here I’ve compiled a list of the most popular breeds used by the 2008 Olympics equestrian dressage teams.
Also called Pura Raza, the Andalusian breed dates back to the 15th century and was influenced by the Barb during Moorish invasions. Since then a dramatic effort has been made to keep their bloodlines 100% pure.
Found on all five continents the Hanoverian has made a name for itself as a true athlete in every aspect of english discipline competitive riding.
Originally a carriage horse, the Oldenburg has developed into an effective sport horse. This breed matures early for such a large horse, which lends an inherent kindness to the bold tendencies of their youth.
Note the similarities in their confirmation and which breeds are versatile enough to cross competition lines and work well in eventing and stadium jumping too. Take a moment to meet the horses of the US olympic teams, jumpers, eventing, and dressage.