Suellen C. Mally of Dog-Pond Farm (Port Jervis, NY), Owner/Trainer.
Suellen, "Rosie" as this superb Dressage trainer and coach is affectionately called by friends and clients, has been teaching and training riders and their horses in dressage for well over 25 years. Suellen has coached students and their mounts to their own USDF medals and national titles, and has worked with the best from all performance disciplines in many countries.
Suellen herself has trained with the classical dressage master, Karl Mikolka of the Austrian National Spanish Riding School, American Dressage Olympian Lendon Gray, Hungarian Olympic Dressage Judge Charles de Kunffy and American Ellen Miller, a long listed Olympic Dressage team member and good friend.
A USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, Suellen Mally has been a four time All Breed Dressage Award winner with her Half Arabian gelding, Que Sera. The pair has trained in dressage through Grand Prix before Que Seraís retirement at the age of 22.
Currently Suellen has established a new partnership with her 6 year old Friesian stallion, Gideon. In 2007, Gideonís first dressage competition season, this pair won 4th place in the USA International Friesian Sport Horse Assoc., 16th in the Friesian Horse Assoc. Of North America, top 10 in Region 8 USDF, and Grand Champion Training and First Level in the Potomac Valley Dressage Competition Ride 4 Life Benefit for Breast Cancer. They consistently score in the mid 70ís!!
2008 ADEQUAN/USDF ALL BREEDS AWARDS RESERVE CHAMPION VINTAGE CUP WINNER!!
Suellen Mally makes the
learning experience in dressage fun and interesting by teaching not only the how of dressage but also the why. Lessons for all ages and all levels of
experience. Learn why Dressage is the natural precursor to all disciplines.
Our rates are reasonable, however there is limited space available.
Offering in the 2010 season, lessons on DAD school horses, openings for training/boarding clients,
Rosie's Clinic on Saturday, April 24th. was a fantastic success!
See pictures on the lessons page or click on the picture below.
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Dressage ....... the precursor to all disciplines!
Come join us!
Services Available: Training/Board, Instruction at your place or ours, coaching, clinics, Judging open horse
shows and Dressage Schooling Shows - Certified NC Open Horse Show Judge
©Dressage at Dogpond Farm 2008
|Dressage is a French term meaning "training" and its purpose is to develop the horseís natural athletic ability and
willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider. See our Glossary.
Success in dressage is dependent on the riderís position and ability but because of the goal of the training, many horse breeds can be quite successful. Watching dressage can be very exciting, especially the musical freestyle rides or tests at the FEI (highest) levels.
Dressage, is a path and destination of competitive horse training, with competitions held at all levels from amateur to the Olympics. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, it can smoothly respond to a skilled rider's minimal aids by performing the requested movement while remaining relaxed and appearing effortless. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet" (cf. nl:Dressuur). Although the discipline has ancient roots, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit in the West during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of trained modern dressage.
Early European aristocrats displayed their horses' training in equestrian pageants, but in modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of "tests" of prescribed series of movements within a standard arena. Judges evaluate each movement on the basis of an objective standard appropriate to the level of the test and assign each movement a score from zero to ten - zero being "not executed" and 10 being "excellent". A score of 9 is considered "very good" and is considered a particularly high mark, while a competitor achieving all 6s (or 60% overall) should be considering moving on to the next level.
Dressage competitions may begin in local communities with Introductory level classes where riders need only walk and trot. Horses and riders advance through a graduated series of levels, with tests of increasing difficulty at each level, until the most accomplished horse and rider teams compete at the Grand Prix levels and international competition, such as the Olympic games.
Dressage consists of the lower levels: First, Second, Third and Fourth. Introductory and Training levels prelude First level in the United States. The FEI (Federation Equestrian International) levels: Prix St. Georges, Intermediare I, Intermediare II and Grand Prix.
Apart from competition, there is a tradition of classical dressage, in which the tradition of dressage is pursued as an art form. The traditions of the masters who originated Dressage are kept alive by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria and the Cadre Noir in Saumur, France. This type of schooling is also a part of Portuguese and Spanish bullfighting exhibitions.