On the first day of the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic, riders and auditors arrived bright and early, eager to learn. The day officially began with participants busily feeding horses and finishing barn chores to be on time for the 7:00 workout. We worked with trainer Bob Gutowitz. Starting with a series of stretches, the workout consisted of a mix of cardio, strength, and agility. It is very important to stress the physical fitness of the rider because if we are training the horses to be athletes, we must be true athletes as well. After the workout, Robert Dover gave an incredible talk on “The Art of Dressage”. He reviewed with us the groups of aids and how they work to harmoniously create a half halt with in the period of a single breath. The rider uses the driving aids which are the left leg, right leg, and seat to, of course, send the horse forward while using the bending aids of the inside leg, outside leg, and inside rein to create bend. The outside rein, or rein of opposition, counteracts theses two groups of aids to keep the horse in balance. Robert discussed how while doing a half halt, the rider’s inhale is the dictation of the aids, and the exhale is the reward for listening to the rider. The half halt also enables the rider to balance the horse in such a way that tempo, stride length, frame, and rhythm are easily controlled.