THE FACE OF MAS­TERY

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Although un­mis­tak­able when it ap­pears, mas­tery is dif­fi­cult to de­scribe. It is not a ti­tle that one can take to one­self; it can­not be faked, it can­not be pur­chased and it can­not be forced. It can­not be hur­ried; it is an in­ter­nal “move­ment” or de­vel­op­ment that must be al­lowed to ma­ture and to un­fold or­gan­i­cally. For those de­sirous of putting them­selves on the path to mas­tery, some of the best ad­vice was penned by Austrian poet Rainer

Maria Rilke. “Be pa­tient to­ward all that is un­solved in your heart,” he said, “and try to love the ques­tions them­selves, that are like locked rooms and like

books that are now writ­ten in a for­eign tongue. Do not now seek the an­swers, which can­not be given you be­cause you would not be able to live them. And the point is,

to live ev­ery­thing. Live the ques­tions now. Per­haps you will then grad­u­ally with­out notic­ing it, live along some dis­tant day into the an­swer.”

The pho­tos above fea­ture five dif­fer­ent horse­man­ship masters— but only one ex­pres­sion. Each man is highly knowl­edge­able and ex­pe­ri­enced, yes; but un­der­ly­ing that in ev­ery face are com­pas­sion and con­cern for the stu­dent and the horse. Even when the ex­pres­sion is mo­men­tar­ily fierce, the mas­ter’s face al­ways seems to be just on the edge of break­ing into an un­der­stand­ing smile.

Franz Ro­chowan­sky Ray Hunt Tom Dor­rance

Fredy Knie, Sr. çn­gel Per­alta Pineda

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