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About the Icon: Francois Robichon de la Guérinière, author of Ecole de Cavalerie, is shown standing beside his student exhibiting shoulder-in, from a famous engraving by Charles Parrocel. As écuyer du roi, he served as director of the Royal Stables at the Académie des Tuileries until his death in 1751.


 

The Foundation also intends to produce a film in which classical trainers and instructors all over the world who have a depth of knowledge, years of experience, and whose dedication and passion toward the classical principles is a way of life for them can share their wisdom and training philosophy.

The Foundation will also establish a working school at its permanent facility. This program will develop working students with a desire to learn this way of riding and training. These students will be the  future of classical horsemanship, which must be preserved and passed down for future generations.

The art of riding and the basic principles of true horsemanship are the ideals to which The Foundation for Classical Horsemanship is dedicated.

 


"Horsemanship is the one art for which it seems one needs only practice, but practice without true principles is nothing other than routine, the fruit of which is strained and unsure execution."

La Guérinière


 

The Foundation for Classical Horsemanship was founded by a group of people who have spent their lifetimes involved with horses as owners, breeders, riders and trainers on an international level.

The purpose behind The Foundation for Classical Horsemanship is to educate those interested in learning about the history, theory, principles and techniques of classical dressage. The Foundation will develop a library  of books, tapes, DVDs, photos and articles that will be available at the Foundation's facility and preserved for future educational use. Excerpts will also be readily available through the website and the newsletter, The Classical Review.

The Foundation will host an annual Classical Symposium where the general public will be able to experience equestrian culture, the art of riding, training and general information on basic quality horsemanship skills necessary to maintain healthy, happy horses whose psychological, physical and mental well-being is paramount.


"The knowledge of the nature of the horse is one of the first foundations of riding, and every horseman must make it his principal study."

La Guérinière


Holly Hansen, one of the founders and the current president, performs at the Foundation's 2009 Classical Symposium.