Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse: Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love (Hardcover)
Tens of thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage in North America, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have--or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or even if they have been, may not be top prospects for any number of reasons. International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses--different sizes, colors, and breeds--to the highest levels of dressage competition, and now she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere.
About the Author
Janet Foy's interest in dressage started when she lived in Oxford, England, and she passed several British Horse Society Instructor Exams. She is currently an FEI5* judge, USEF S Dressage Judge, and USEF Sporthorse R Breeding Judge. She has judged at all major shows in the United States, as well as national championships and CDI***/W in Guatemala, England, Colombia, Costa Rica, Barbados, Canada, Poland, Australia, and Mexico, and the FEI World Cup League Finals for the United States, Canada, and Australia. Janet is a former member of the USDF Executive Board and the USA Equestrian Board of Directors, and a current member of the Federation Dressage Committee and the International High Performance Dressage Committee. She is also on the USDF L Faculty and instructs federation judges training programs throughout the United States for dressage and sport horse breeding. She splits her time between Colorado Springs, Colorado and Wellington, Florida.
"Now [Foy] has compiled her best tips for training and showing the horse you have (or the horse you love, despite his faults) through the levels. Her lists of the common 'imperfections and evasions' experienced when riding movements are followed by Janet's creative ways to perfect those imperfections, sprinkled with numerous personal stories." —Lone Star Horse Report (August 2012)
"The book is divided into three sections . . . each section includes chapters on individual movements, making it easy to find exactly the kind of insight and help you might need. The book is well-organized and easy to understand and makes for a good read for those of us with 'imperfect horses.'" —The Chronicle of the Horse (October 2012)