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Cadre Noir Doing What It Does Best – Classical Dressage

Founded in 1828, the Cadre Noir of the French National Riding School in Saumur gets its name from the black uniforms that are still used today. It is one of four of the most prestigious horsemanship schools in the world,  the most famous of which is the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

But where the Spanish Riding School consists exclusively of grey Lippizaner stallions, the Cadre Noir uses Thoroughbreds, Anglo-Arabians, Hanovarians, Lusitanos and Selle Francais horses in their performances, as well as a combination of geldings and mares. They also include jumping in their performances and cross country work in their training.

Here is a lovely video that showcases some of their work:

There are also two other schools of classical dressage that are perhaps not so well-known, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Lisbon.  The Spanish Riding School uses only grey Lippizaner stallions. These four ancient schools continue to promote the art of classical training, including the famous high school movements that include the airs above the ground.

Read more about the Cadre Noir here.