In the heart of Dressage Country
Positioned for year round training and competition, McDowell Equestrian is located in southeastern Florida, just an hour from Wellington.
With it’s tropical climate, and an average of 246 days of sun a year, there is no better location for raising or training such athletic horses.
The Spanish Breedaka: Andalusian or PRE Horse
Historically bullfighting horses, are known for being obedient, brave, intelligent, and sensitive. They are fast learners, and respond well to advanced training and difficult situations when treated with respect and kindness. Agile and responsive, Andalusians are versatile and can adapt well to most modern disciplines. Andalusians are one of the few breeds consistently capable of the focus and determination required of the airs above the ground.
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PerformanceObedient - Brave - Intelligent - Sensitive
is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an “art” sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. As an equestrian sport defined by the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is “the highest expression of horse training” where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.”
Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games. 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, the horse responds smoothly to a skilled rider’s minimal aids. The rider is relaxed and appears effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement.
is an in-hand class, much like a simple obstacle course, developed to evaluate and encourage the breeding of horses suitable for dressage, working hunter, eventing, jumper, combined driving, and competitive trail and endurance. Form to function will be emphasized over sheer brilliance of performance
is a type of horse show class where horses are shown “in hand,” meaning that they are led, not ridden, and are judged on their conformation and suitability as breeding stock.
is a type of ridden show horse, exhibited to a standard first established in England.
Affiliated showing and breeding of the show hacks in the United Kingdom is overseen by the British Show Horse Association.
In the USA and Canada, show hack is solely a form of competition open to various breeds and overseen by the USEF and Equine Canada (EC).
In the average English pleasure class, the horses perform as a group, exhibiting the natural gaits of the walk, trot, and canter, and may also be asked to extend the trot or to perform a hand gallop. Horses are judged on their manners, performance, quality and conformation. The horse is to give the impression of being a pleasure to ride.
is recognized as a sport in many countries, mostly in South America and Europe, all countries have their own governing body of the sport. The sport tests the horse and rider’s partnership and ability to maneuver obstacles. There are four different levels of Working Equitation: Novice, Intermediate, Junior and Advanced. At advanced level, the rider must ride with just one hand, most commonly their left hand, on the reins.
is a western style competition at horse shows that evaluates horses on manners and suitability of the horse for a relaxed but collected gait cadence and relatively slow speed of gait, along with calm and responsive disposition. The horse is to appear to be a “pleasure” to ride and very comfortable, while being very smooth.
is a horse show class which features light breeds of horses and ponies hitched to a two or four-wheeled show cart. Horses are driven at a walk and two speeds of trot, generally designated as a working or regular trot and an extended “strong” trot.
is the traditional working riding discipline of Spain, from which all the working riding styles of the Americas and many of those of Europe appear to derive.