Dressage Today Review
I’ve left my most loved magazine for last…Dressage Today. Why is it my most loved? Probably because I’m a dressage rider, but I also love the amount of pure riding information they give you in this magazine. Very rarely is space given to equine healthcare (there are entire other magazines that do that). There are no pages of show results (because why would I want to pay for the information that I can easily find online?). They do have topical/promo articles from time to time (ex. The Olympics, World Cup, WEG), but I can forgive them those usually dull articles for the rest that the magazine offers.
The articles in Dressage Today that I love most are:
Through the Levels offers sometimes multiple articles per issue on topics pertaining to certain levels, like Leg Yields at 1st level or Counter Canter at 2nd – FEI. They recently did a wrap up on the training pyramid and how that should be developed as well. This article series is based around correct teaching of different basics and level required movements at the appropriate time, and I’ve found them to be extremely helpful. I look forward to these every issue.
The Clinic is monthly article that analyzes one (or sometimes two) reader submitted photographs of dressage tests and gives critiques based on those still shots. I have found some really good position information in this monthly article and enjoy reading this one each month.
Tips from Trainers Who Teach are articles from well known trainers/riders that also happen to be instructors. These articles are a great way to get into the mind of the trainer and understand their point of view and their “toolbox” for dealing with a variety of issues.
Book Excerpts – these articles are chunks of newly released training books that not only provide a good deal information as stand alone articles, but also tease the book. If you like the article, you’re probably going to buy the book. These articles are one of the reasons I have a stack of unread books as tall as I am..
Ask the Experts is a Q & A style article that has professionals (sometimes trainers, vets, etc) to answer the reader submitted question. Sometimes these questions and answers are a bit basic and don’t give you much you don’t’ already know, but sometimes they happen to coincide with exactly a problem you’re having, and provide more help that you expected.
Solutions is the imagery based tip on the last page of each issue. This is a simple concept on seat or horse broken down into a great visualization explanation of the moment/exercise. I have kept every single Solutions page from every issue I’ve ever received. They’re a great learning tool (and teaching tool).
There are a few articles that have recently been discontinued that I will miss, but these above give a load of information each issue.
Dressage Today also does a yearly Baroque issue, which is always filled with insane photography and topics that are particularly relevant to the ever popular Baroque breeds.
For your low level, average, or even above average dressage rider, this magazine is incredibly helpful. For professionals, it’s good to keep an eye on changing training ideas, the Solutions page (for visualizations for your students) and so you can see what your students are reading.