A top riders keys to success using play, groundwork, trail riding, and turnout.
At last the dressage world has a sensible means of reconciling classical idealism with show-ring aspirations!
Uta Graf has made a name for herself as a trailblazer in the international dressage scene, advocating for a method of combining the highest levels of performance with natural horse care and conscientious training.
The system she uses has proven to turn talented prospects into happy athletes, while transforming t-so-perfect dressage horses into willing and able partners. In these pages, Graf shares her schooling exercises, as well as the techniques she uses to incorporate groundwork, long-lining, trail riding, creative play, bomb proofing, and turut in her training program.
The result is dressage that makes reaching your riding goals look and seem easy even effortless while ensuring a healthy, contented horse.
Author Biography Uta Graf twice won the coveted Stensbeck Award from the German National Federation for showing great promise as a rider, teacher, and trainer, completing her early training with renowned Dutch Olympic medalist Ellen Bontje and German coach Conrad Schumacher.
She and her partner Stefan Schneider then established their training facility Gut Rothenkircherhof in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany, in 1999 and have trained horses from youngsters to Grand Prix ever since. In 2004, Graf competed at the German Championships and won the bronze medal behind well-known German team riders Hubertus Schmidt and Rudolf Zeilinger.
For several years she has coached the German Paralympic Dressage Team, including Paralympic champion Britta Napel and World Champion Dr. Angelika Trabert. Graf s Holsteiner stallion, Le Noir, propelled her into the limelight with tremendous success at Grand Prix and high scores at the most prestigious international dressage competitions, including Wiesbaden and Aachen.
With her cheerful nature and wild hair, Grafs signature at competitions, clinics, and demonstrations is her beautifully ridden, content, and satisfied horses, gaining respect worldwide.
The dressage scene often perceived as strict and very serious seems to find her, and her horses, refreshingly different!
Key Features Author(s) Uta Graf
Publisher Trafalgar Square
Format Paperback / softback
ISBN-10 1570767726 ISBN-13 9781570767722
Subject Equestrian & Animal Sports
Publication Data Place of Publication VT Country of Publication United States Imprint Trafalgar Square
Editorial Details Format Details Trade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound