Classical Riding2021-04-12T15:50:26+00:00

CLASSICAL RIDING

We are a high quality center of classical riding and classical horse breeding.

A Holistic Training Approach

Classical riding and dressage training have been around for centuries, as early as the 4th century BC. This holistic approach to equine training was developed around horses’ natural movements, which, when focused on, increase strength, flexibility, and balance. Classical training teaches patterns that develop both horse and rider in these areas, with the goal of maximizing potential to each horse’s and rider’s level of ability. Classical dressage training also avoids putting unnecessary strain on horses and riders, helping to prevent the need for medical intervention and promote longer, healthier careers.

Classical riding is also noted for the deep connection and bond it creates between the horse and rider. It is a relationship built on trust and teamwork. Horses become more confident in their rider, and are less likely to spook or react poorly. Riders can trust their horse to behave well, moving with the horse instead of against them. Without this relationship and trust, it’s impossible for horses and riders to move in harmony and perform classical dressage movements at their best. Riders must not only understand and trust their horse, but also themselves. The harmony needed for classical dressage requires a rider to be aware of his or her abilities, body, and mind. Classical dressage training, similarly to other methods of working with horses, creates a peaceful and reflective space where you can explore yourself and find your heart’s purpose.

A Historical Art Form

Classical riding isn’t just a training method – it’s an art form. Classical dressage pulls heavily from military horsemanship and cavalry disciplines, dating back to the 4th century BC, though it was also used for entertainment. There are various schools of thought for classical dressage, but the first thing that comes to mind for many when they hear “classical riding” or “dressage” is the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. They are renowned for their beautiful Ballet of the White Stallions and excellent classical training. At Tempus Renatus, we follow the Weyrother System, a school of thought that originated at the renowned Spanish Riding School.

There is some disagreement in the classical riding and dressage community these days as to which direction the art form should go – Should it focus on art or competition? For us, the answer is to do what is best for the horse. We don’t want to lose the true value of classical riding and dressage to mere showmanship. Only as we immerse ourselves into the historic training can we perform at our highest level.

Whether used to train horses for the battlefield or for show in royal and imperial courts, the movement and control of classical dressage are beautiful to behold. It’s one of the many reasons this practice has stuck around throughout the centuries. Classical riding is a complex art form, requiring time and focus to learn, but it’s many benefits make it well worth the effort. While time has brought changes to dressage, we strive to preserve true classical riding for the safety of horses and riders, and the celebration of this beautiful, historic art form.

Some of our Stars

6942 Conversano VI-20 “Mila”

Year: 2000 Height: 15.1h Breeder: Topol'cianky, Slovakia Mare Family: Presciana "Mila" is our amazing, wonderful, fantastic lesson mare. With the temperament of an overgrown Golden Retriever, she is a quintessential lesson mare, adapting herself to each rider's level. She is gentle enough [...]

Cha-Cha

Year: 2000 Height: 15.1h Breeder: Pine Mountain Lipizzans Mare Family: Capriola Cha-Cha is a phenomenal broodmare and riding horse. She is a blast to compete, a blast to simply ride, and a gentle, loving soul to be around. She produced several [...]

Bresciana “Bresci”

Year: 2001 Height: 14.1h Breeder: Mare Family: Presciana Offspring: Ballesta, Maestoso Bresciana, Belafiamma "Bresci" is one of our best broodmares and a lovely riding horse. She is a quiet, sweet mare with massive, ground-covering gaits despite her little size. She passes on a friendly [...]

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