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Selecting the Dressage Horse

Horse Books

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Selecting the Dressage Horse by Dirk Willem Rosie. Regardless of the level at which a dressage rider competes, at some point in his or her career, most find themselves in search of a horse with the physical build, gaits, and personality to make their dreams a reality. But do riders really know what they’re looking for? What does it take for a talented prospect to go from lower to upper levels?

Selecting the Dressage Horse contains a complete description of the ideal dressage horse, covering all aspects of conformation, movement, and temperament in depth. Breeding expert Dirk Willem Rosie closely analyzes all components of dressage performance, using traditional mare and stallion selection and performance testing; the common wisdom of world class breeders and trainers; scientific research into equine biomechanics; and a survey of over 200 upper-level dressage riders. He discusses: desired conformational characteristics from poll to tail; necessary qualities in the three basic gaits; different “styles” of equine movement; physical ability for collection and self-carriage; the importance of sociability, learning ability, and rideability; current FEI rules and their effect on preferences within the industry, and more.

At the end of each chapter, international superstar Anky van Grunsven offers her own practical tips, techniques, and theories. DIRK WILLEM ROSIE worked for the KWPN (Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook) from 1994 until 2006. During this period he was editor–in–chief of the Dutch equestrian magazine In De Strengen. Today he runs his own equestrian communications company. Rosie was a 2004 presenter at the Global Dressage Forum where he offered an examination of how conformation, movement, and temperament can contribute to the FEI ideal of the horse as a “happy athlete.” He lives on his breeding farm in Haaksbergen, the Netherlands.

120 pp ∙ 8 x 11 ∙ 70 color photos, 20 diagrams ∙ 978 1 57076 362 5 ∙ $29.95