Kottas on Dressage

Kottas on Dressage

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A distillation of the practice and philosophy of one of the most highly regarded international trainers.


Kottas on Dressage is a distillation of practice and philosophy of one of the most highly regarded international trainers of the current era.

Having stressed the need for the rider to establish correct posture and a thorough understanding of the aids before attempting to train the horse, the book goes on to highlight the value of establishing rapport with the horse and enhancing his mental responses and developing his physique with groundwork, before progressing to work under saddle.

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Sub Heading No
ISBN 9781905693054
Author Arthur Kottas with Julie Rowbotham
Binding 246 x 189 mm, hardback
Extent 206 pages
Illustrations Colour photographs and diagrams throughout
Ebook Yes via your usual supplier

"Kottas on Dressage is filled with the classical training tradition of the Spanish Riding School (SRS) of Vienna by an impeccable authority, the former First Chief Rider. This knowledge has not always been accessible to the public at large.  It is my understanding that after hundreds of years in practice, this school of riding is not written down anywhere, but passed on orally from experienced riders to the trainees, to avoid error.  Having it at hand in a book, one that is beautifully organized and highly readable, is a great privilege.  There are various reasons why I loved this book, but a main one is its extraordinary clarity, in part a result of that organization.  As it progresses from the basics of starting a young or green horse to the ultimate piaffe and passage, I never once had to go over a sentence repeatedly, trying to figure out 'what did he mean by that?'  Every sentence is clear and precise and made me appreciate the mind from this this book originated as having a compassionate and deep understanding of the equine psyche... If for some reason I was forced to abandon my considerable dog-eared dressage library and was allowed to take with me only a single book, this one would be it."  Dressage Today

"Much has been written already in the 21st Century on dressage... one book that really has stood out, and in my opinion is the best to be written this century, is Kottas on Dressage published by Kenilworth Press. Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg surely needs no introduction. A former First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School he is probably one of the greatest exponents of true classical dressage. He is clearly one of those who has 'walked the walk' with authority, clarity and simplicity. I particularly liked the section on the riders' position which is clearly explained, and the author gives excellent summaries at the end of each section as well as good, fault-solving tips. When Alois Podhasky's book The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider was first published in 1965 (1967 in the UK) it very quickly became a classic and is still regarded as 'the bible' in many quarters. To my mind, Kottas on Dressage equals this book and I have no doubt that it will go down as one of the classics of the 21st century. In a time when more and more people take up dressage and, in many instances, horses appear to be pushed and hurried in their training (perhaps due to a lack of patience either from a lack of knowledge or instant gratification), then many trainers, instructors and riders would do well to invest in this publication." Patrick Print FBHS, British Horse magazine
"An essential tool for riders of all abilities from riding club to Grand Prix." Horse
"This book is excellent - a must for anyone who competes in dressage. If you want to progress up from novice and need some help with the more advanced novice and elementary movements you will find this book really helpful. Kottas looks at each of the horses paces and gives a clear guide to what is required and most importantly how to achieve this. There are some excellent illustrations which clearly show everything from the rider's aids to the flexion required from the horse. The book also includes some stunning photographs which again are very easy to understand. There are also sections on lateral movements, changes of lead and piaffe and passage for those with greater ambitions". Rider
 "Arthur Kottas, former First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna could well be considered the greatest living authority on the correct schooling of horse and rider today - and rightly so... Kottas on Dressage is a book to be handled well, read and re-read, tucked in the pocket of the car on the way to a lesson, studied in bed - if that's your habit -shown to others and dipped into - endlessly. It is clear, concise and informative - like the author himself and it is beautifully laid out with bullet points and sub-headings for every aid, every movement, every eventuality. In some places the tone reminds me of Nuno Oliveira's first book Reflections on Equestrian Art because much of the more technical work is dealt with economically, with approachable, crystal clear gems of advice... Basically, in this book you will find it all". Sylvia Loch from the Classical Riding Club Newsletter
 "As a retired riding master with the Spanish Riding School, Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg knows a thing or two about dressage, and this book is heaven for all riders wanting to give the discipline a go... Backed up by a stunning array of pcitures, Arthur takes us through a journey from the basics (rider position, lunge lessons, ground work) right through to the tricky (piaffe and passage). Being from Vienna, Arthur uses a lot of European influence in his writing, which gives a different insight into dressage training and makes for a refreshing read. I learnt lots from this book, which is easy to read and to dip in and out of'. Your Horse

'Anyone that has had the opportunity of being taught by Arthur Kottas, or watching him teach, will be able to hear and see him in their mind on every page.  It is quite simply a brilliantly written book, and could not fail to inspire every reader to want to go straight out to the stable and start working with their horse - "slowly and patiently" - the Kottas way!'  The Lipizzaner Society



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