Slow Ride

Beauty pageant for horse and rider

9/17

Dressage is one of the most exacting equestrian disciplines, requiring absolute cooperation between horse and rider. It involves virtually invisible cues from riders as horses perform an array of maneuvers that are normally very difficult to execute on command. Movements such as the piaffe, in which the horse essentially trots in place--something that only happens by accident for the casual rider. Trust us; this is really tough stuff. Riders at the highest level of dressage--the Grand Prix, the level used in the Olympics--have generally trained for 10 years or more on top-notch, specially bred horses. This Saturday and Sunday beginning around 7:30 a.m., the best dressage horse-and-rider teams from a five-state region will compete in the Yellow Rose Dressage Festival at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center, 600 E. Royal Lane in Irving. Mornings before 11 a.m. are the best times for novice spectators: They'll feature Grand Prix competition as well as Freestyle events, in which horses and riders perform a choreographed routine to music--anything from Mozart to Michael Jackson. And it's free. These are hushed crowds, though, so don't be squealing the chorus to "Billie Jean."Visit www.dallasdressage.org. --Julie Lyons

Mud Fight

9/17

Young ladies, you need to spend your free time more productively this school year. In 2004, after getting home from class, all you did was stare at Gilmore Girls, and there's a better way to spend your few free hours a week than with Lorelai. Like riding dirt bikes! Seriously, you'll be the coolest chick in school if you rock some Motocross, and Op Girls Learn to Ride at Honda Rider Educational Center, 4529 Royal Lane, Irving, offers introductory courses for women 13 and up this Saturday. The $62 fee for the 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. classes also supports Boarding for Breast Cancer. Visit www.opgirlslearntoride.com. --Sam Machkovech

Good Sports

9/20

We don't want to start any trouble here, but Kim Mulkey-Robertson has been robbed. The basketball legend, in just her fifth year with the program, helmed the Baylor Bears to an unlikely NCAA women's championship this year and will receive the Big 12 Coach of the Year Award at the 40th annual Dallas All Sports Awards Banquet Tuesday evening. That's great, but what's a girl gotta do to win the even more prestigious Tom Landry Coach of the Year honor? That's going to Rangers manager Buck Showalter. Much love to Buck--glad he's here--but he's yet to breathe the rarefied championship air into his team the way that Mulkey-Robertson has. Lee Trevino (who could probably pitch relief for Buck at this point) will receive the Lamar Hunt Award, and others, including Don Nelson, Dick Enberg and Johnny Rutherford, will also be recognized for their achievements. The star-studded event is at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St., and tickets are $150 each. Call 214-485-2088 or visit www.dallasallsports.com. --Matt Hursh

 
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