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to ride an Iberian dressage schoolmaster
“I was immersed in a world where both adults and children were riding stallions doing high school movements with fluidity and finesse”
WE’VE ALL SEEN the impressive grey stallions performing high school movements, either from watching live ridden displays with our mouths open in awe, or admiring canvasses hanging on gallery walls depicting their strength and agility in battle. Having a lesson on one of these beauties could improve your riding in more ways than you could imagine. “I spent time as a teenager training in Portugal and was immersed in a world where both adults and children were riding stallions doing high school movements with fluidity and finesse,” says Janine Pendlebury-Lee. Janine went on to found Pen Lynn Lusitano Stud near Pwllheli in North Wales, which offers students the opportunity to ride one of the centre’s many schoolmasters. The horses range from advanced to grand prix level and can help you learn to ride both lateral work and the more advanced classical high school movements such as Spanish walk, piaffe and passage. Known for their superb temperaments, Iberian breeds are sensitive to the aids without being reactive, comfortable to sit to, and offer a level of feel that helps teach the novice rider what to look for when riding their own horse. The more advanced student can concentrate on developing and honing their skills. By having a classical dressage lesson on a horse bred to do the job, it will challenge your perception of dressage. It will also stretch you physically and mentally while offering you an opportunity to develop a feel for the more difficult high school movements. This in turn will motivate you to bring what you learn on these beautiful horses back into your own arena, where you’re sure to reap the rewards. Returning to the classical roots of dressage is an excellent way to improve you and your horse’s performance. To find out more about riding a Spanish schoolmaster, visit lusitanocymru.co.uk.
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