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Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003
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About the Author
Wolfgang Niggli is one of the most eminent figures in international dressage. Formerly a successful competitor in all the major disciplines, he has been an international dressage judge since 1964 and has judged at numerous major events, including three Olympic Games. From 1981-1993 he was Chairman of the REI Dressage Committee and he remains an honorary member of the FEI Bureau. For many years, Niggli has worked to improve the consistency and standards of dressage judging, and has held courses and seminars worldwide to that end. In recent years, he has spent an increasing proportion of his time helping riders, giving clinics on a broad international basis. Now, he has marshalled his knowledge and experience to offer clear guidelines to both riders and judges in one book.
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The text is divided into two sections, the first of which deals with the basic breakdown of any dressage test working logically from overall impressions up through basic movements and onward to the advanced elements of piaffe and passage. Each of these chapters is illustrated with fantastic photographs and clear helpful diagrams which demonstrate not only faults but also present an ideal for imitation. The chapter covering the paces is particularly clear on explaining exactly what judges are (or should be!) looking for in each of the types of pace. This section concludes with a fascinating discussion of judging freestyle competitions, including a reproduction of an FEI marking sheet for freestyle at Grand Prix level.
Part Two of the book is a detailed history of dressage at the Olympic Games which reproduces details of all the dressage tests at each Games from 1912-2000 and illustrates them with photographs of competitors, list of participating countries and the individual scores of the medal winners and their rivals. This whole section is strangely compelling reading...
For anyone involved in dressage, either as judge or rider, this is without doubt among the most helpful explanations of the all important difference between a 7 and an 8 for any movement. The book as a whole is a lovely big chunky thing with high production values and a clean intelligent layout. It would be nice though if perhaps the first half could be produced separately from the Olympic history section as a smaller volume at a lower price for the benefit of those who are not quite as thrilled by statistics and tables of data as some of us are!
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My FAVORITE part of the book is the Grand Prix tests from the Olympic Games, '20's to 2000!