The Foundation for Classical Horsemanship
A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization
The Foundation is privileged to enjoy the goodwill of many respected professionals in the world of classical dressage. From time to time we are fortunate to have several outside instructors lecture at our annual symposium and/or serve on the advisory board.
Thanks to Paul Belasik of the Pennsylvania Riding Academy, who donated his time and expertise to the Foundation with two superb lectures on the history of classical equitation at both the 2009 and 2008 classical symposiums (available on DVD soon).
A graduate of Cornell University, Paul has trained and competed through Grand Prix dressage, and also through the upper levels of eventing. He studied with such acknowledged masters as Dr. H.L.M. van Schaik and Nuno Oliveira, and his wide-ranging interests include the concepts of Zen Buddhism and martial arts.
Paul is the author of a number of thought-provoking books of interest to the classical rider. His trilogy, Riding Towards the Light, Exploring Dressage Technique, and Songs of Horses, gained him an international following. In 2002 he produced his major work, Dressage for the 21st Century, which has been recently re-released.
Carol McArdle is shown competing a PRE stallion at Intermediaire.
Paul Belasik demonstrates the courbette in hand with his PRE stallion.
Thanks also to Carol McArdle of Tir Na Nog Dressage in Washington state. At the Foundation's 2009 symposium Carol delivered a pivotal lecture on classical training for the competitive rider (available soon).
Carol grew up in Europe riding jumpers and eventing, and in Germany learned the "German system" of classical dressage. After receiving degrees in zoology and biochemistry she trained under Jim Wofford, Jack LeGoff, and Bruce Davidson, returning to Europe to compete for the USET. She trained with Christopher Bartle for several years, moving to pure dressage under his tutelage in the French classical system. Carole competed Grand Prix in Europe, was short-listed for the World Games and the Olympics, and was reserve rider for the Seoul Olympics.
After competing for many years, she has focused on understanding and learning the similarities and differences between the French, German, and Iberian classical systems. She has studied at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Spain and with several of the riders of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.