Classical riding isn’t just a training method – it’s an art form. Frequently, 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. In fact, it is thanks to them that classical riding is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Performances of the past often included exceptional displays of difficult maneuvers, such as the famous “airs above the ground,” choreographed groups of riders, skills with the rider on the ground, and even skills with weapons. Live musicians and even dancers have performed alongside the equine artists. Today, each riding school has its own “signature” of art and performance.
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 persisted throughout the centuries. It takes many years to become a skilled classical rider, but like all art, it is well worth the effort.
At Tempus Renatus, we strive to preserve as much of the classical art form as we can. We include a variety of expressions in our performances, and no two performances are exactly alike. For training, it means students may come and enjoy learning about the art without the pressure of competition. Students can also find where their talents lie in the equestrian art, as there are so many aspects that can each be a specialty on their own. In the near future, we hope to include local music and other talent in our performances for a more moving and powerful experience.