THE FACE OF MASTERY
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