Dressage (Horse Jumping)
February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
On the edge of the Ocala National Forest not far from our campsite was a national dressage competition at the Rocking Horse Stables which is a 150 acre equestrian paradise according to their website. People with horses came from all over to compete and stayed in a temporary village of campers and horse trailers some of which put our camper to shame. The trailers shone in this photo extended for maybe a half mile or more and included horse barns for hundreds of horses. We have never seen anything like it.
We were there during the earlier contests where the bars were not too high.
One area of the grounds had vendors of food and horse riding equipment such as bits and saddles. We noted one vendor that had riding boots hand made in a South American country that were selling for $850. This is definitely a rich peoples sport.
Another vendor had air vests as safety wear – presumably to guard against broken ribs.
We only saw a few male riders and hundreds of female riders – interesting.
We really enjoyed the hundreds of beautiful horses. There were all kinds and colors of horses but all the riders were dressed alike with most wearing black coats and a few wearing other dark color coats.