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Dressage for the 21st Century Hardcover – February, 2002
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From the Publisher
This major, eagerly–awaited work from Paul Belasik combines modern, innovative thought with an unshakeable belief in the timeless, layered progression of the classical system of training horses. While it deals comprehensively with all the technical aspects of training, from breaking to the most advanced movements, the book also offers many examples of the author’s philosophy: to view riding and training essentially as an art form, to be practiced and celebrated for its own sake. Dressage for the 21st Century is a truly inspirational, thought–provoking book from an emerging modern–day master of horsemanship. Paul Belasik has already gained a large and appreciative international following from the publication of his trilogy, Riding Towards the Light, Exploring Dressage Technique, and The Songs of Horses. He lives and trains at his farm in Pennsylvania.
About the Author
Paul Belasik is a graduate of Cornell University and has written many articles on horses and horsemanship. He is the author of Riding Towards the Light, Exploring Dressage Technique and The Songs of Horses, the trilogy which gained him a large and appreciative audience. Paul Belasik gives clinics, lectures and demonstrations internationally, and trains a large cross-section of clients at his Pennsylvania Riding Academy at Moonlight Park where, in particular, his celebrated short courses concentrating on the rider's seat and position have brought him both acclaim and students from all over the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The photographs which lavishly illustrate the book are exemplary in every way- Belasik's seat is impeccable and the horses look at ease in their work- real harmony between horse and rider.
Paul Belasik's vast knowledge of Classical Equitation, is woven effortlessly with his own conclusions, arrived at through the odyssey of research that he undertook, and chronicled in his book 'Riding Towards the Light'.
This book is a must for anyone who sees dressage first and foremost as an Art, and only secondarily as a sport.
I also like the very subtle examples in which the author himself does the stuff, so it is not at all purely academic.
Furthermore, I simply liked the tone of the author. He is one of unfortunately few horsemen that do dressage, or riding, purely for the fun of the harmony with the horse, not for their ego. His erudition shows in the text, which makes it not arrogant, but pleasant to read.
Out of print, it seems, unfortunately.