Academic Art of Riding - What does that mean?
The name itself nowadays leads to a lot of questions and misunderstandings.
Frequently asked questions are:
Is that a kind of riding just for people who have studied? Can you pass an exam there? Do I need a special horse for that, e.g. a P.R.E.? Am I only allowed to ride with a curb?
Unforgettable is for sure: Knighthood - and what is your level there - Princess???
And, last but not least: What kind of clothes do I have to wear then?
The Academic Art of Riding is nothing newly invented, it is something very, very old. It is the knowledge about the art of how to educate a horse and a rider in the most logical and easy way.
In former times, this knowledge was easily passed from generation to generation. After a very unsettled 19th century and a lot of wars at the beginning of the 20th century, most of this knowledge was lost.
But all of you, who ever became involved with the old masters, for sure got into touch with the most important ones of the last 2500 years:
As names out of more modern times you may be familiar with e.g. Egon von Neindorff or Bent Branderup, continuing and upbuilding the long lost tradition of Academic Riding.
Originally the Art of Riding was taught in Academies for noblemen, like foreign languages, math and fencing as well. Therefore, the "Academic" within the name explains itself.
Academic Art of Riding ist not elitist, not bound to special baroque clothes, special saddles, curbs or whatever.
Everybody interested with any kind of horse, not depending on age, colour, breed, malpositions or whatever is welcome to deal with the Academic Art of Riding (and no, it does not have to be spanish horse, and yes, a pony is fine, too.....).
The Art of Riding is only oblidged to your own emotions, your conscience and before all other things the responsibility for your horse.
You are supposed to be the educator and teacher of your horse - or at least to become one - and keep your horse physically and mentally healthy with the help of the rider's handkraft and knowledge.
The journey is the reward - and the journey can be very long, but as well very exiting and satisfying.
To reflect one's own abilities and ideals every day, to have enough courage to look into the mirror that my horse is giving me every day and every minute, to continue the journey of horsemanship becoming art - is my personal interpretation of the art of riding.