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Dressage Riders of a Certain Age: Interview with Jessica Costello

  Recently, I attended a Dressage show to groom for a couple of my friends.  Being a rider of a “certain age” myself, I noticed how most of the competitors were like me or older.  When I have been to Event shows or Hunter/Jumper shows, it seems like most of the participants are quite young.  What is it about Dressage that attracts mature riders?  It most certainly doesn’t look easier than the other riding sports. I know that some mature riders are also professionals.  At the 2012 Olympics, a 71 year old rider from Japan competed quite respectably at the top level.  For this article, I am most interested in the adult amateurs who started competing in Dressage later in...

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