James on Dancing Bells Set
Dressage is French for training and refers to a long history of military training that horses have been involved in. Their use in conflict extends throughout written history, although the ancient Greeks first wrote about extensive training for military use. Dressage focused mostly on military purposes as it became a staple Olympic event at the beginning of the twentieth century, but as militaries disbanded their cavalry units after World War II due to mechanization, the desire for well-trained horses lived on. In 1973, the United States Dressage Federation was formed, and intensely competitive events are still popular today.