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A practical and comprehensive guide for dressage riders. It covers those important early years where there should be both trust and respect between the horse and riderwithout which no good riding can result. Lungeing, backing, and the rider's seat are discussed in depth with particular emphasis given to early training and lateral work. A problems and answers section at the end of each chapter looks at solutions for both horse and rider. Illustrated throughout with photographs and diagrams to show correct examples and faults, Dressage Solutions is an invaluable dressage guide for both intermediate and advanced riders.
Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg was accepted as an Eleve (trainee) in the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in 1960, he rose rapidly under the tutelage of Colonel Alois Podhajsky to become the youngest ever First Chief Rider in the history of the School. He became an Assistant Rider in 1964, a Rider in 1969, Chief Rider in 1981, and in 1983 Riding Master. From 1995 until retiring from the School in 2002, he was First Chief Rider. Arthur Kottas is a rider and trainer of the highest international repute, and has successfully trained many horses and riders up to Olympic standard.
Andrew Fitzpatrick has ridden and trained for over 30 years worldwide. He was both a BSJA course builder and joint organizer of horse trials. He became involved with Training the Teachers of Tomorrow Trust (TTT) in 1988, and through the Trust began training with Arthur Kottas. Since then he has worked with Arthur Kottas regularly, including on the text of Kottas on Dressage. He is a firm believer in the benefits of classical training for both horse and rider. As a freelance trainer, he has worked both in the UK and internationally, including the USA, New Zealand, and Ireland.