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Klaus Balkenhol: The Man and His Training Methods Hardcover – 30 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851319548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851319544
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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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Format: Hardcover
Klaus Balkenhol is proof that traditional classical dressage methods work, and the current fashion for rollkur is not only detrimental to the horse, but also to the higher level movements such as piaffe and passage, of which Balkenhol is without doubt the best trainer outside the Iberian peninsula, of these movements today.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an informative and fascinating book which covers Balkenhol's life history with horses which underpins so much of the training techniques which the book also discusses. The double storey format on each page is a bit of a challange but it is undestandable when you comprehend that his experiences and intuition learned from many hours in the saddle as a mounted police officer are so formative in his development as a world class rider and arguably the most succesfull dressage trainer of our times.
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Format: Hardcover
I Like Klaus Balkenhol but don't think the book really explored his training methods enough and found the way it is written - two stories sharing the same page throughout the book very irritating.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, easy to read, really about his life and his thoughts than the how of riding. Good inspiration.
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A wonderful book
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