Dressage competition brings peace of mind

A sport that you may have seen on the Summer Olympics took place in South Bend Saturday as Reins of Life held its second annual dressage competition.

It is the only dressage competition in Michiana.

In dressage, the rider communicates with the horse through movement with their legs and hands. Organizers say the sport brings peace of mind.

“I think often times in our day we get so carried away with we have to do this at this time, and when you are on a horse, that horse demands your attention at that moment and it's in that moment we let the world wash away and we can be one with our horse,” explained Elizabeth Grainger, the show secretary.

Reins of Life was established in 1978 and is a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities.

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