Steps Top to the
magine riding a horse that’s simultaneously light and powerful, whose relaxed back is easy to sit with the neck rising in front of you out of the withers. Feel the carrying power of quarters that are engaged, center of gravity shifted toward the hind. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Your mind’s eye has conjured collection. In dressage, collection holds the heady placement at the pinnacle of the training scale [see graphic]. As with most things at the top, you don’t get there overnight, and while the road to collection is long, it’s also a rewarding one.
| December 2013
Photo: AK Dragoo Photography
By Natalie DeFee Mendik
USDF Gold Medalist Pati Pierucci Shares Advice for Introducing Collection at the Lower Levels