exhibition riding or horsemanship in which the horse is controlled in certain difficult steps and gaits by very slight movements of the rider
Origin of dressageFr, training from dresser, to arrange, train from Old French drecier: see dress
The guiding of a horse through a series of complex maneuvers by slight movements of the rider's hands, legs, and weight.
Origin of dressageFrench preparation, training, dressage from dresser to set up, arrange, train from Old French drecier to set up, arrange ; see dress .
(countable and uncountable, plural dressages)
- (uncountable) the schooling of a horse
- (uncountable) an equestrian sport in which the horse and rider perform a test of specific movements in an arena, and are judged on the horse's obedience, acceptance of the bridle and of the rider's aids, gaits, impulsion, and the harmony between horse and rider
- (countable) an event or competition of the sport of dressage
- I'm competing in two dressage shows and a jumping show this weekend