Let’s Talk About Camaraderie and Sportsmanlike Behavior in the Dressage Community

It’s lacking, to be honest. It’s so easy to sit on the (internet) sidelines and judge a short video, or a single photo, of a rider you don’t know personally and say some pretty harsh or critical things. (And no, we are not talking about the rider that has proven over and over again to have abusive training methods, or practice rollkur, etc).

But what happens when the person in those photos or videos comes across your comment? And they see you tear them apart for something they are working REALLY hard to get better at. Yea, you probably crushed them.

Or what if in that photo/video it is just a bad moment? Or they are coming back from an injury and are working on strength? Or one of a hundred other possibilities?

You know that old saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Maybe more of us should start practicing it.

I know for one, I am ALWAYS working on things to become a better rider. And until I can beat Charlotte Dujardin in the Olympics, I probably have no place criticizing other riders and their “flaws”.

So let’s all try to be more sportsmanlike, and help each other instead of tear each other down. We all share this passion, why not make it a little easier to keep enjoying it for everyone!