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Apr 22, 2007

Step aside, Travolta

Um. This is beyond weird, People, it's like disco dressage—with ridiculous commentary. [shaking head] After Christopher Guest does a Hedgehog party, he should tackle this...

Extraordinary vid, Melissa M.

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now i've seen everything. amazing horse

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:28 PM

Is the music actually in the performance? I never did dressage when I rode, but what of it I saw was simply controlled motions, not dancing...

That said, beautiful horse and beautiful work!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:30 PM

that's really cool!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:34 PM

Yes, this is a high level type of dressage tes called "kur" or musical freestyle. It is carefully choreographed in advance though. This is one of the best ever!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:34 PM

Maggie, I suppose dancing is really controlled motions to music (well, not when I do it.....). Awesome, though, isn't it?

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:34 PM

I guess it must be. The crowd claps...

I'd like to point out that the rider seemingly does nothing. That is what has *always* amazed me about dressage.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:35 PM

I Am In Total Awe.....That Was Absolutle AMAZING.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:44 PM

This dressage event is done in rhythm to the music chosen - there are certain steps that have to be done, but otherwise is freestyle.

This horse's performance is absolutely amazing. She should hve gotten 10's across the board.

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 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:47 PM

I don't know anything about dressage but I was half expecting the rider to start stripping when Lady Marmalade came on.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:49 PM

Hey he dance better than ME

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:50 PM

That horse weighs upwards to a half a ton or more, and STILL manages to make it look easy. I'm having to pick myself up off the floor, here!


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 01:50 PM

WOW. Just Wow. Never have I seen a freestyle where *every* footfall was dead on the beat. Even that mare's TAIL SWISHES were in rhythm!!! I *love* that he hugged her neck at the end. He knew she'd just given him the ride of a lifetime. Sigh. I miss riding.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:02 PM


 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:05 PM

Welcome to the Mare-lin Rouge!

Peg of Tilling
 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:10 PM

Omg, I love the Grace Jones "Slave to the Rhythm" at the beginning. That horse has great taste...

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:18 PM

Very cool.

However I think I can hear the other horses making fun of him.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:18 PM

That gave me shivers (and not just because the music was from my high school years). Amazing horse! Makes me wonder exactly HOW they are trained. Oh, Google..... what can you tell me about dressage? :)

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:22 PM

uuummmm I can list at least 17 things that are wrong with this vid...but you already know what they are...LMAO!! Poor horse! She is a sweet horse but it's not her fault that she's got a tosser on her back and another two tossers commenting...TFFD!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:27 PM

God knows ya just gotta luv a dancing horse!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:31 PM

OMG! Dancing pony!

Alex Wells
 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:37 PM

Incredible movement... Stupid music.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:38 PM

Wow! Absolutley amazing! I have never seen a Danish rider nor team win a dressagecompetition. Good for them!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:38 PM

Welcome to the world of musical freestyle dressage - I rode when I was younger and it was so much fun to pick out your songs and plan your "dance"!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:40 PM

Wow, just... wow. I agree with the commentators. The second she started in on those first flying lead changes, and dead-on straight at that, I knew this was going to be special. I can't believe she's only 9.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:40 PM

I was totally expecting the horse to do "Jazz Hands" at the end. Amazing!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:43 PM

Have y'all ever seen dog dancing? It is a lot like this, and it is absolutely adorable. I could watch videos of dog-dancing forever.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:44 PM

Wow. I did not know Snape moonlighted as a horse commentator. @__@

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:52 PM

It's twelve times funnier if you sync it up with "Love Potion #9" by Herb Alpert. Suddenly it's a burlesque show.

My sides. They ache.

R. Moore
 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 02:53 PM

I love that the horse danced to lady marmelade. And frankly how the anouncer was speaking, I'm suprised there was no Michael Jackson nor moonwalk from the horse. If I were a judge, no moonwalk, no 10's. :)

All things aside, that was cool. I don't really know what I was looking for but I've never seen a horse do that before. Very entertaining.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:06 PM

Why is this weird? That's frikkin' AWESOME.

A thinker
 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:09 PM

R Moore -- how bout Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On"? [snicker]

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:15 PM

Am I the only one who found herself clapping with the crowd at the end?

That was fantastic! the only dressage I'd ever seen was my best friend learning it at the stable where she boarded her horse and learned to ride English. *Now* I understand what she was doing.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:15 PM

Too bad she's dancing to a "Not By The Original Arists" remix! That music sounds like cheesy airport-lounge music.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:16 PM

Amazing, amazing---but how weird is it to see a horse dancing to "Lady Marmalade," a song that asks the musical question, "Voulez vous coucher avec moi c'est soir?" Or, "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" Uh . . . no, thanks. Or perhaps the best response is "Neigh!"

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:19 PM

I am SO excited that this was put on CuteOverload, it is absolutely fabulous for our sport. Everybody, make your friends watch this--the kur has changed so much in recent years, and we really want people to enjoy this sport and consider riding dressage.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:27 PM

Callan -- presumably because you were busy watching something on a real network?

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:31 PM


So, uh, people spend their lives working on this, huh?

I'll never consider ANYthing I do a waste of time now.

Beautiful horse, though.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:35 PM

OMG! This is was absolutely amazing!!!!!! I seriously have never seen anything like this before.
I have watched plenty of Dressage competitions but never Freestyle Dressage. I was mesmerized by the horses feet! I have to go watch it again!

China's Mom
 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:44 PM

Speech. Less.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:49 PM

"So, uh, people spend their lives working on this, huh?

I'll never consider ANYthing I do a waste of time now." - Amy

I couldn't say it better.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:53 PM

OMG It's the pwny step!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:54 PM

Nothing in the world more beautiful that that. Thank you for posting it!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:56 PM

Wow. That mare was oh so light on her feet and looked to be having fun out there, good for her! What a blast though, I love seeing a sport, especially one like dressage done that well.

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 03:58 PM

Oh man.. My dressage tests were never anything like that!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 04:20 PM

Absolutely amazing. What a beautiful horse, and she looked like she was enjoying it! I hope she was. I had to clap at the end, so you weren't the only one, Teri!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 04:23 PM

That was great! That horse is obviously very smart, and her trainers worked tirelessly with her. It must've taken a very long time to teach her to do that!

Pardon me folks, but I truly don't understand anyone who can view something like this and CRITICIZE it! You don't like the music, it's a waste of time, yadda yadda yadda. When was the last time YOU put this much time and dedication into ANYTHING? PLEASE people, this was joy personified! (Horse-on-ified?) ;-) Enjoy it for its beauty and pure pleasure, delight, bliss! Are you that much of a curmudgeon that you get a kick out of criticizing something so beautiful? Choose JOY! OPTIMISM! Take a happy pill! Geesh! *steps down offa soapbox*

THANK YOU Melissa M for sharing this! :-)

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 04:52 PM

Wow...I'm wondering how much training that takes, and how do you get a horse to learn that double skip? Now that was cute!

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 04:55 PM

Waste of time?

Sure, just like all Olympic sports! Not that the ancient Greeks believed it a "waste of time" - those movements have their origins in making cavalrymen and horses into more effective units, and I know mounted posse members who use dressage movements and training to increase crowd-control and improve teamwork. If you can stop snickering at what you don't understand long enough to actually look at what she's doing, imagine yourself as a foot soldier having to deal with a horse who can pivot, knock you down, then stomp your face into pulp in a very short amount of time. Dressage is brutal movements, designed to kill, done very prettily.

Guess I shoulda spent my teenage years glued to the TV instead of working 8 hours a day on this waste of time. Who needs to *accomplish* something, anyway?

 |  Apr 22, 2007 at 04:58 PM

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