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The Dressage Chronicles

The Dressage Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Karen McGoldrick
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You know what happens to all those girls who are just crazy about horses?
Once they discover boys, the horses are history.
Or maybe not.
For Lizzy, and others like her, no boy, no man who knows what’s good for him, speaks the unspeakable.
“It’s me or the horse.”
It’s no contest.
And so Lizzy snips the threads that hold her, however tenuously, to a conventional life, and begins her journey into the world of horse sports.
She signs on as a working student for dressage superstar Margot Fanning, heading to south Florida with her six year old mare, for “the season.”
She immerses herself in an extraordinary world of high-dollar horses and ambitious women and receives an education in more than just riding dressage.

Welcome to The Dressage Chronicles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Deeds Publishing; 1 edition (5 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AX8HX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for Dressage enthusiasts! 28 Nov 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this book after hearing about it on the British Dressage forum.

It follows a young American rider who leaves her friends and home behind to go to train with a GP rider at her winter base in Florida.

It gives you an insight into what it takes to make the most of these working student positions (and how hard they have to work) at the same time contains a lot of useful training information and an interesting view of US dressage shows.

It doesn't have a complicated plot and the characters will probably develop further in the sequels, which I understand the Author has planned, but I'm sure anyone who loves dressage and reading will not be disappointed with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 29 Jun 2012
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A good read, well written and very interesting for those particularly interested in horse, would recommend.

Also had a good story line and gives an insight into the american dressage scene and also the difference in routines and terminology of horse care.

So go click on amazon and get a preview
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great horsey girl read 13 May 2013
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This book is a fantastic pick me up whether you are an advanced rider or a less advanced rider looking to move forward and perhaps feeling a bit disheartened. Karen has that rare gift of letting her reader live the life of her characters. I loved it I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for dressage lovers 11 May 2013
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Could not put the book down, so well written must have been a very knowledgable dressage rider who wrote it. Very good story too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dressage Chronicles 8 Nov 2012
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A good easy read for anyone involved and loving dressage. More romance than equestrianism, but a relaxing and fun holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!! 25 Jun 2012
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This book was an absolute joy to read!! I ride dressage and often think it to be the misunderstood poor relation of the other 'exciting' disciplines.....however Karen brings to life a sport that requires so much focus and dedication and hours of gruelling hard work in such a way that it is easily accessible and gripping for even the least 'dressagy' of people. I have recommended this book to my clients and liveries who are not all dressage riders and everyone who has read it has loved it. Can't wait for the sequel!!! X
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If you imagine the hind legs like a spring, you press the spring down. On each step through the short stride, you imagine you are compressing the spring. The driving aids tell the horse you must ‘go,’ and the restraining aids say, ‘not yet.’ That combination of driving and restraining aids are what we call a half-halt. It keeps the weight on those hind legs, bringing him into a more uphill balance, and keeps the horse alert for the next movement. Once you have the horse straight on the diagonal line, you release the stored energy, and off you fly. &quote;
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“Now, you must ride your horse in front of the driving aids. You must allow her to reach into the contact. Do not let the contact with the bit hold backwards. Give her freedom in front without dropping the contact to her mouth. Ride her forward. Even in halt she must have a forward desire. Your arms belong to her mouth. Your seat belongs to her back. The back must swing. &quote;
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Before entering the corner, ride a half-halt; enter the corner and ride it like a quarter of a circle; rebalance with another half-halt as you leave the corner; and exit uphill and forward. &quote;
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