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Taking Up the Reins: A Year in Germany with a Dressage Master

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Twenty-five years ago, the European equestrian art of dressage took root in the United States. Since then, serious American riders dream of what it would be like to train abroad where dressage has been practiced for centuries. Taking Up the Reins finally gives readers a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what this training entails--and how such an experience, at once ri ...more
ebook, 413 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published November 1st 1999)
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I really enjoyed this journey to Germany to train with a dressage riding master. Part training journal, part travel journal, this story is authentic and honest and I found myself caught up the author's adventure. Sure, I would have liked more details about what she was learning technically about riding and dressage and training her horse. But I found many gems of wisdom and perspective in what she was learning about hard work, dedication, and patience. It's so true that American culture runs cou ...more
Truly awesome. Another book to be housed on my read again shelves--to go to for inspiration and growth. I loved this book.

"Because I think of my life as one long lesson, I like to reflect on the high points--the places where learning was an experience of great intensity, fired by the inspirational passion of a unique teacher."

Priscilla Endicott
Chapter 13--Master Teacher
For any dressage enthusiast, this book is a wonderful account of an American being introduced to classical dressage in the 1970's. An American rider takes a year to concentrate on her dressage riding with Walter Christensen (who has trained many Olympians and professional riders). The book chronicles the ups and downs of training, the frustrations and small daily successes that all riders experience at all levels. Walter Christensen highlights the necessity for building success through the basic ...more
Meg Hilly
Enjoyable read, good insights on living in Germany and studying dressage.
A good easy read on one woman's year training in Germany.
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