"Secrets of the Independent Seat"USDF Connection Magazine, August 2001.
This article is reproduced with permission from USDF Connection, the member magazine of the U.S. Dressage Federation (www.usdf.org). (Article not available currently.)
(Note by author: This photo was taken before I understood the connection over the back to complete the circle of aids. As noted, the horse is broken in the wrong part of the neck and the poll isn't the highest point.)
"What's This Got to do With Horses?" This article was first seen in HORSE magazine,(Great Britain), Dec 1997.For more information about HORSE, please visit www.horsemagazine.co.uk.
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My Horse, My Heart, My Soul
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Where is the artful-heartfelt aspect in the modern equestrian world?
While collaborating with Nancy for the creation of Seeing Through the Eyes of the Horse, I was inspired to start a second book, My Horse, My Heart, My Soul.
For this book, I interviewed seven horse professionals who live or grew up in America and Europe. They shared their journeys from childhood through the professional years of experience, wisdom, and passion. Working from a heart and soul level, all are voices for the horse. After sitting with this collection of interviews, I was overwhelmed by the tapestry it wove in support of the artful heartfelt aspect of the modern equestrian world. Enthralling, and in some aspects familiar, each journey provides well-examined, modern insight into staying true to the heart and soul ’s depth of connection to the horse.
Among them are: 1) Master Luis Valenca, who shared stories and insights from his life, as well as two of his teachers, Master Don Jose Cunha Menezes (Baucherist) and Master Nuno Oliveira, 2) Rosalie Lewis, who had an unusual opportunity as a civilian to train with the Portuguese Military School in Mafra and studied with Master Nuno Oliveira, 3) Lena Wedenmark, who started her riding career in Sweden and later worked with Jonas and Anders Lindgren while living in the U.S., and 4) Elizabeth Johnson works, who works with horses on a mind, body, and soul level as an equine body worker. Her insight into the energetic subtleties and true nature of the horse is revealing and transformative for both humans and horses.
It was a privilege to be the interviewer and scribe for this timeless book.