CLAUDETTE LAWTON PATS her Morgan horse, UVM Finnegan, at the Salisbury stable where she boards him. The duo, ages 80 and 22, are members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club, which recognizes a horse and rider whose combined age is at least 100.
Independent photo/Russell Jones
GOSHEN — “Dressage” is a French term most commonly translated as “training.” It is a highly skilled form of horse riding where the rider shows their mastery by having the horse perform a series of movements with very subtle cues.
Dressage competitions vary in the levels from amateur all the way to the Olympic games. Each level involves more pressure for horse and rider to perform as a team.
During competitions, the horse performs an intricate routine that involves trots, canters and walks.
“It’s very similar to a dance,” said Goshen resident Claudette Lawton. “You have to be in sync with each...