History

17/11/2016
History

It doesn't matter if in private discussion, different internet forums, social networks or certain publications on equitation, the cry for the "Good Old Times“ in dressage is heard regularly. It becomes even louder when international dressage suffers from unpleasant news, may it be bleeding mouths, neurotic horses or judging discrepancies.

08/07/2016
History

From all nations excelling in dressage nowadays, Great Britain had to take the hardest way to get to Mount Olymp in the most refined of all Olympic disciplines, dressage. Within less than 60 years dressage in Great Britain evolved from an ignored sport practised by a few passionate ladies to the country's most successful discipline, taking home two gold and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games on home-turf in London.

30/01/2016
Greatest Oldies

In the summer of 1974 the world looked rosy for Harry Boldt, one of Germany’s most successful post war dressage riders. With a black Westfalian gelding named Golo he became 4th at the World Championships in Copenhagen. It was a nice surprise coming so close to the podium with a horse whose conformation was so far from ideal nobody betted a penny on him. However only months later Boldt’s chances of joining the German team in 1975 diminished, when Golo sold. Where this door closed, it opened a window for Woyzeck to move in.

18/12/2015
History

At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki Germany did not win the team gold medal in dressage, but the team set a record of a different kind: All three horses had been bred by the same breeder: Count Clemens von Nagel. His historic mote of Vornholz not far from Warendorf had been one of the Germany's most successful private breeding stables until von Nagel's death in the 1970s.
The legendary Anglo Arab Ramzes x called the beautiful old stables his home.

12/12/2015
History

Helsinki probably was the most peaceful location ever to battle for Olympic dressage glory. In the middle of the woods of Helsinki's biggest park the dressage arena was naturally nestled into a wood-glade. It seemed horses and riders who warmed up to enter this natural arena were on a walk through the park with thousands on their feet to accompany them. However, books should never judged by its cover: In reality this piece of wood near Ruskeasuo only provided a deceptively idyllic spot for the run for gold, silver and bronze.

04/12/2015
History

Helsinki Central Park, this green heart in Finland's capital is still a place where stressed modern minds can find some hours of recreation. Sixty-four years ago the peace of this narrow wooded oasis next to Ruskeasuo, a suberb of Helsinki, was disturbed by the sound of saws and hammering. The preparations for the equestrian events at the 1952 Olympic Games had began with the renovation of the old stables of the Ruskeasuo riding centre.

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