Stephen Clarke's Dressage Dreams opens up the world of dressage by taking the reader from the spectacular performances of the show ring to behind the scenes, to stable and home to capture a unique look at what it really takes to reach the top of this beautiful sport. The up and coming record breakers are included such as Totilas and Mistral Hojris, the current world champions Salinero and Satchmo, plus the gone but not forgotten legends Ferro, Farbenfroh and many many others.
Dressage Dreams bridges the gap between a technical teaching book and a beautiful picture book using more than 200 stunning images throughout its 208 pages. This book will capture the interest of a wide audience - from those who are experienced dressage riders who want to know how the top riders train and prepare for big International competitions to those readers who simply love to look at the grace, elegance and power of beautiful horses in motion. Stephen has managed to take Dressage into a whole new dimension. It is exciting reading and will grace any coffee table with the stunning image of Totilas on the cover. You can feel the high quality paper used and clearly see the excellent printing from one of Italy’s finest colour printers – Printer Trento.
The book is divided into chapters, one for each of the Grand Prix movements. A top International rider and their talented mount demonstrate each movement using breathtaking photography from some of the best names in the business. The author gives his technical account 'from the judge's box' of what he looks for to give a score of excellence. Rider and trainer then give their personal account of what inspired them to take up this sport, their training techniques and their most memorable test allowing the reader to get behind the Top Hats and Tails and into the mind of the competitor and their trainer. A closer look at the equine partner including its pedigree, competition record and daily routine concludes the chapter. The common denominator which runs through each chapter is the strong bond between horse, rider and trainer; a bond developed over time through endless kindness, patience, understanding and good training practices.
Not forgetting the youngest participants on the FEI ladder to success Stephen has included four of the most famous ponies in the history of Pony international dressage, Dornik B, Dulcia, Deinhard B and Konrad.
Dressage Dreams is a book you will not want to put down and it makes a perfect gift for horsey friends and relatives. It can be purchased direct from the publisher on www.lewishardingpublications.com, good tack shops, Amazon and Ebay retailing for £25. There is nothing like it on the current market and for less than the price of a riding lesson it is a source of great information and enjoyable reading.
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Photo: Dressage Dreams jacket by author Stephen Clarke