Horse ballet to perform in Eagle

Pictured is Nadine Schwartsman, riding Harvard R at the 2016 National Championships, where they were fourth place in the 4 year old class.

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) – Fancy horses doing fancy moves – a kind of “horse ballet” -- that’s dressage!

It’s an Olympic sport, and we in Idaho are fortunate to have several top-notch riders, trainers and training barns.

One Idaho rider, Debbie McDonald, represented the United States at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and the 2002 and 2006 World Equestrian Games.

Her student, Adrienne Lyle, competed at the 2012 Olympics and represented the United States at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

One of those high-level training barns – Les Bois Dressage in Eagle – will hold a two-day show on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4.

This show is recognized by the United States Dressage Federation, the United States Equestrian Federation, the Idaho Dressage and Eventing Association and the Oregon Dressage Society.

High scoring horse and rider teams will go on to regional and perhaps national or even international competition.

The owner of Les Bois Dressage, Nadine Schwartsman, is an international competitor at the Grand Prix level, one of the highest levels a horse and rider can achieve.

Spectators are welcome at the show.

For those not familiar with dressage, show organizers recommend arriving in the late afternoon on Saturday in order to see the upper level horses and attend the Freestyle Gala, which will feature horse and rider teams competing to music.

There will be food and drink for purchase or you may bring your own.

During the day on Saturday and again on Sunday, there will be an opportunity to rent headsets on which to listen to one of the judges explain how and why horses and riders are scored.

This “dressage radio” is a great way to learn about a fun, new sport!

Les Bois Dressage is located at 4221 N. Linder Road, just north of Beacon Light.

The show will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and is expected to end in the late afternoon on Sunday.

“Dressage” comes from the French for “to train,” and is defined as the art of training a horse in obedience, flexibility, balance and precision of movement.

It can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, and was for many centuries primarily a military exercise.

It was first seen in the Olympics in 1912, and after the U.S. Cavalry was disbanded in 1948, became a civilian sport.

Men and women compete together and equally in dressage, one of the few Olympic sports in which that is true.

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