Of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, dressage is generally the least-loved outside the horse world. “Horse Dancing,” as it’s regularly called by non-equestrians, lacks the suspense of a potential refusal or fall at every fence, and is therefore dubbed boring. To be fair, it is also probably the most difficult to appreciate without an advanced understanding of horse training.
But now, Super Deluxe “a community of creative weirdos making videos that are more substantial than much of what you see on the internet,” has a suggestion to change all that. It’s a video game called “Extreme Horsing: Hardcore Equestrian Dressage.”
Complete with dodging stray arrows and ping-pong balls from other Olympic competitions, dressage will never be boring again! In fact, it’s probably a more accurate portrayal of competing in Rio than the designers realized. From dangerous insects to shouting fans and stray bullets, the Rio atmosphere was not without its unique distractions.
So, dressage riders everywhere, get ready to rack up some serious points with your “advanced bow,” and watch out for those “horse wobble” deductions!
About the Author
Marjorie Wilkinson is the co-founder and co-editor of Counter-Canter Culture—a revolutionary online publication intended to unite the equestrians and equestrian-enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to kick up the dust that has settled on the conventional equine lifestyle. She is also a real-life Hollywood music supervisor and the official curator of Counter-Canter Culture’s musical column, 100% Sound.