Horsing Around in Omaha
Have you seen the big digital clock in our neighhhhhhh-borhood (Turner Park)?
It's the countdown to the LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals - MARCH 29-APRIL 2, 2017 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
You know it's important when we hafta use superscript TM.
Perhaps, like me, you're unfamiliar with equestrian events. I did a little Googling to brush up on the event.
First, the acyronym FEI:
The international organization for equestrian sports is the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), or International Equestrian Federation. Nine different disciplines are recognized by the FEI, including show jumping and dressage, which will be featured here in Omaha.
Side bar: Mr. Ed was a horse show, too! (baaa-daaa-bing!)
The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final features the world's best dressage horses and riders and the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world's best show jumping horses and riders.
Wow. The World Cup. The big time! As our president would say, "It's bigly." Horses from France will be here. I'll do my best to not act like hayseed.
So, I understand what jumping and riding is, but what the hoof is "dressage"?
I doubt it's decorating a horse in designer wear. That would just be wrong = PETA would be stepping in. And where would you get Louis Vuitton for hooves? I Googled that, too, and no, they are not a thing.
"So, I understand what jumping and riding is, but what the hoof is "dressage?"
Dressage is a French word that means "training" and is an international equestrian sport sometimes referred to as "horse ballet." The purpose of dressage is to develop a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to listen to his rider's cues.
Pun break: Help I've fallen and I can't giddyup.
Dressage has its roots in the cavalry. Warhorses needed to be obedient and maneuverable, and a system of training was created that reflected that need. This training system evolved from the first writings of Xenophon in the 4th century B.C. to the inception of equestrian sports into the Olympic games.
Impressive stuff. At first I thought it sounded a bit stuffy, but after my brief study-up, I quickly learned it's an exciting sport that bonds families, riders, and horses.
Once again our awesome Midtown location means we're only minutes away from the action the Century Link Center. Pass on the parking hassles and $ and take the Metro bus #2 or #30. Google Maps says the bus can get you there in 11 min.
The photos you see in my blog here are from the Omaha Equestrian Foundation website.
To learn more about the event, or to become a volunteer, click here: http://www.omahaworldcup2017.com/