About the Author
CHRISTOPHER BARTLE has had success in both dressage and three-day eventing. In 1984 he made history when he finished sixth at the Los Angeles Olympics - the highest ever position for a British rider in dressage - and in 1998 he won Badminton on Word Perfect. After studying with his mother, Nicole Bartle, and with Le Commandant de Parisot, former Ecuyer en Chief at the Cadre Noir, Christopher trained with Olympic gold medallist Hans Blixen-Finecke. For six years he was a member of the British dressage team and his memorable partnership with Wily Trout gave him two National titles amongst many other successes. As an eventer he was a member of the British dressage team which won the gold medal at the 1997 European Championships. Christopher Bartle has trained many of Britain's top event riders and was appointed dressage trainer to the British three-day event team for the Altanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympics. He is trainer to the German three-day event team and managing director of the Yorkshire Riding Centre. GILLIAN NEWSUM is the author of four equestrian books and co-author of three others. Since 1982 she has been equestrian correspondent of Country Life and she also works for the Guardian. She has evented at novice level and is a regular follower of the Fitzwilliam Hunt.