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Klaus Balkenhol: The Man and His Training Methods Hardcover – 30 Nov 2007
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"Those with a passion for dressage won't want to miss this volume. If you believe that the more you know, the better you will be in the competitive arena, this is a must-read." --"Ride!" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dr Britta Schoffmann is a journalist, recipient of a gold German riding badge, Grand Prix rider, competition judge and instructor. She is the author of various horse books that focus on the value of a strong mutual bond of trust between a person and a horse.
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That the American dressage team has improved so dramatically, is down to their immense good sense in grabbing the opportunity of Balkenhol as team trainer, and it is a great pleasure to watch a rider such as Debbie MacDonald, and her perhaps not so naturally extravagant mare Brentina, perform with such fluidity and elegance.
I was present at the 1996 WEG at the Hague, when Balkenhol and ex police horse Goldstern, were in the opinions of many of the crowd, myself included, that he was cruelly robbed of the gold medal, winning only silver. I have never felt an atmosphere of such anger and disappointment on his behalf, at any international dressage competition, as on that balmy night in Holland, and I have never witnessed a kur performance like it, before or since. If ever a horse and rider danced, Balkenhol and 'Goldi' did that night.
Explanations are very clear, and with case history/anecdotes to illustrate and overcome the various training problems met when teaching the horse these movements, it makes the book exceptionally readable.
Balkenhol's love and respect for the horse shines throughout the entire book. Each horse is treated absolutely as an individual and the key to training him found, always without force.
This book is an absolute must for anyone aspiring to the higher levels of dressage.