Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse: Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love (Hardcover)
Janet Foy's expertise, fundamental solutions, good stories, and
good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their
"not-so-perfect" horses everywhere. Thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage across the globe,
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 daily face the
challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian pursuits 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--behavior quirks,
conformational impediments, age or soundness, you name it. International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet
Foy has ridden many different horses in the course of her riding and horse
training career--different size, shapes, colors, and breeds--to the highest
levels of dressage competition. Now she has compiled her best tips for training
and showing the horse you have (or the horse you love, despite his "faults")
through the levels. With lists of common "imperfections and evasions"
experienced when riding movements--from simple transitions and leg-yield to
zig-zags, tempi changes, and piaffe--followed by training tips and creative ways
to "perfect" the "imperfections." Riders are bound to discover countless ways to
apply Janet's advice to their dressage pursuits.
About the Author
Janet Foy's interest in dressage started when she livedin Oxford, England, and she passed several British Horse Society InstructorExams. She is currently an FEI5* (Level 4) Dressage Judge, Young Horse 5*Judge, and a USEF "S" Dressage Judge. She has judged at all the major shows inthe United States and Canada, as well as national championships and many topCDI-W and CDI 5*s around the world including the famous Aachen, Germany 5*.Janet judged the 2018 World Cup Finals in Paris and in 2019 the European Championshipsin Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Shejudged the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. In 2022 she will officiate as the FEITechnical Delegate for the World Dressage Champions in Denmark, the CentralAmerican Games, and the Bolivarian Games, and judge the World BreedingChampionships for Young Horses in the Netherlands. Janet is a former member of the USDF Executive Board, the USAEquestrian Board of Directors, and the International Disciplines Council. Sheis a current member of the Dressage Sport Committee. She is also on the USDF LFaculty and instructs federation judges training programs throughout the UnitedStates for dressage and sport horse breeding. She splits her time betweenColorado 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)