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Monroe's "Horse Ballet" preparing for show

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The Inn at Rosehill and Rosehill Stables is prepping for it's dressage show on Sat., June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Up to 60 dressage rides will take place and be judged in junior and adult divisions.

Dressage has been called "Horse Ballet" and the "highest expression of horse training." The horse is ridden in an arena and goes through a series of prescribed moves with the rider.

"I guess for me it's a lot about dancing with my horse and having that connection with them that you have in the other sports but there's a lot more for me in dressage," assistant trainer Sarah Keck said.

With dressage, the rider attempts to almost become one with the horse -- feeding off each other's instincts to master predetermined runs.

Which, of course, means there is a lot of time not only getting to know the horse, but preparing it for the grind of workout and competition.

"The fun in dressage for me is developing the horse's body," trainer Stacy Davenport said. "It's a lot like developing a human athlete."

Rosehill Stables rests on 52 acres of land. The full-service equestrian center offers lessons, lodging and more.
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