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Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851318622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851318622
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 3.2 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully produced and serious book which has a lot to offer to both competitors and judges.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars As a trainer of horses this book is a must read. 8 Jan. 2013
By Stephanie Skjoldebrand - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is of interest to those who wish to adhere to the rules of dressage and perhaps consider some 'truths'. They are clear and well illustrated and written with clear and objective concepts. However when reading this book in conjunction with "Falling for Fallacies: misleading commonplace notions of modern dressage" will make one think and be more discerning as a rider, trainer and judge. Everyone who trains horses should read both books. If all judges read this book and studied the tests the world of dressage may not be in the chaos it now finds itself in.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for dressage judges and competitors 23 Sept. 2014
By Galimages - Published on Amazon.com
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Recommended reading for candidates for certification for instruction and judging. Very useful book for me. This is a GREAT book. One of the most clearly written about what is expected in the competition dressage ring.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent 25 April 2010
By Edith McGill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have many books on dressage and yet I found information in this one that was truly helpful, both for myself as a rider and as a dressage judge. I highly recommend this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for L-Program participants! 7 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A great book for participants in the L-Program! Theory can be a bit drawn-out, but great on "how to give a score"--what makes a 7 or an 8...
My FAVORITE part of the book is the Grand Prix tests from the Olympic Games, '20's to 2000!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 May 2015
By dawn taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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For a knowledgeable rider very valuable diagrams great and interesting data on Olympic results
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