“I absolutely LOVE this book…it is where the magic begins!” –Debbie McDonald, Two-Time Olympian and USEF Developing Dressage Coach. What is Debbie McDonald—and Axel Steiner, and George Williams, and Henk van Bergen, and Bo Jena, and George Morris, and Maryal Barnett—so excited about? The new book from Trafalgar Square Books (www.HorseandRiderBooks.com): When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics by Dressage Today writer and editor Beth Baumert. “This book is truly timeless,” says FEI 5* Dressage Judge (Retired) Axel Steiner. “I can humbly admit that it clarified some subjects, even for me, after a lifetime of being involved with dressage.” “Sometimes when I’m teaching I find myself thinking my student really needs to read Beth Baumert’s book,” admits George Williams, President of the USDF.
In When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics, Baumert provides insight gleaned from years of working with the best riders, trainers, and judges in the dressage world, and details practical ways riders can learn to harness the balance, energies, and forces at play when they’re in the saddle. Readers will discover what Baumert calls the four physical “Powerlines”—Vertical, Connecting, Spiraling, and Visual—to become balanced and effective in the saddle, and ultimately how to properly align their spine with their horses’. When the center of gravity of a balanced rider is directly over the center of gravity of a balanced horse, that place where two spines align becomes the hub of harmony—producing a dynamic and remarkable riding rapport that yields beautiful performance.
Beth Baumert trains horses and riders at Cloverlea Dressage LLC in Columbia, Connecticut, the farm she and her husband Alan have owned since 1973. She is a USDF-Certified Instructor and was the initial editor for Dressage Today magazine, and she has served as its technical editor for most of the years since the magazine’s beginning in 1994. In that capacity, Baumert is in constant contact with the best dressage riders in the world as they discuss and write about the technical aspects of dressage. Baumert is on the Board of Directors of The Dressage Foundation (TDF) and serves as President. TDF is on a mission to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States.
When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics is 245 pages and features 145 color photographs and 20 illustrations. It is available now from the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, www.HorseandRiderBooks.com, where shipping in the US is FREE.
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