WBEZ | dressage http://www.wbez.org/tags/dressage Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A message from Ann Romney's dressage horse, Rafalca http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/message-ann-romneys-dressage-horse-rafalca-101541 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP567107494021.jpg" style="height: 473px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Jan Ebeling, of the United States, rides Rafalca in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP/David Goldman)" />On Tuesday, Ann Romney&#39;s dressage horse,&nbsp;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/ann-romneys-horse-rafalca-fails-to-advance-olympics-dressage/story?id=16945587#.UCFmck1lSCU">Rafalca, failed to get</a> anywhere close to Olympic gold. But the legacy of the horse &mdash; &nbsp;the presidential candidate&#39;s wife&#39;s horse &mdash; lives on.&nbsp;Michael Patrick Thornton gets inside the mind of Rafalca to almost <em>become </em>the horse, and even defends his owner.&nbsp;Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>You know how like in baseball you have three strikes and you&rsquo;re out, according to the Major League Baseball Association? Well in dressage, at the international level at which I compete, dressage is governed by the FEI and the Prix St. George Intermediare 1, Intermediare 2, and the Grand Prix. Dressage tests are segmented into a number of sequential blocks. Each block is scored between one and ten and marks are awarded for gaits, <u>impulsion</u>, the rider&rsquo;s performance, and <u>submission</u>. Some segments are given increased weight by the use of a multiplier, or coefficient typically given a value of 2, which then doubles the marks given for that segment including <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaffe">Piaffe</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passage_(dressage)">Passage</a>, Extended gaits, collected gaits (trot and canter), <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_change">Flying changes</a> (informally called &quot;tempi&quot;; one tempi or &quot;oneseys&quot;), two strides (two tempi), or three strides (<u>three</u> tempi).</em></p><p><em>So it&rsquo;s basically the same thing. Everyone picks on Ann&rsquo;s hobby, but dressage saved her life. Yes, I cost $77,000 a year, but Ann said that riding me has helped combat the effects of her multiple sclerosis by providing &ldquo;joy therapy.&rdquo; I&rsquo;m not just some pampered beast who costs $50,000 more than the nation&rsquo;s per capita yearly income; I&rsquo;m a joy therapist. So, if any of you are suffering from or a loved one is suffering from MS, buy a dressage horse. And, you&rsquo;re welcome.</em></p><p><em>Dressage saved my life . . . My sire, a Hanoverian jumping stallion named Argentinus, was dating an Indian mare named Dosha before he met my mom, Ratine, a dressage horse, who was introduced to my sire so that they&rsquo;d breed a horse like, well, me! If not for dressage, my dad would have stayed with Dosha, I would have been born in India and drafted into the 61st Cavalry Regiment of The Indian Army, the only mounted horse regiment left on the planet. I&rsquo;m a pacifist allergic to curry. Thank God for dressage!</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/message-ann-romneys-dressage-horse-rafalca-101541 Sports that are no longer or have never been part of the Olympics (but dressage is) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/sports-are-no-longer-or-have-never-been-part-olympics-dressage-101530 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/prancing copy.jpg" style="height: 347px; width: 620px; " title="Dressage rider Edward Gal of the Netherland and his horse Undercover, prancing. " /></div><p>- baseball</p><p>- cricket</p><p>- croquet</p><p>- golf&nbsp;</p><p>- lacrosse</p><p>- softball</p><p>- polo</p><p>- tug of war</p><p>- American football</p><p>- bowling</p><p>- water skiing</p><p>And for those wondering about what you&#39;re in for when watching dressage: almost silence, except for classical music of course, and the sound of horses subtly&nbsp;panting.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/prancing 2.jpg" style="height: 332px; width: 620px; " title="Prancing again." /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dressage fans.jpg" style="height: 341px; width: 620px; " title="Ravenous fans" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/sports-are-no-longer-or-have-never-been-part-olympics-dressage-101530