Selecting the Dressage Horse
Conformation • Movement • Temperament
Dirk Willem Rosie with commentary by Anky van Grunsven
Selecting the Dressage Horse contains a complete description of the ideal dressage horse and what it takes in conformation, movement, and temperament for a prospect to go from the lower levels to Grand Prix. Including discussion of traditional mare and stallion selections and keuring, the common wisdom of world class breeders and trainers, scientific research into equine biomechanics, and a survey of over 200 upper level dressage riders, Rosie analyzes the elements of success and explains the differences (and similarities) between “ordinary” horses and those that become international superstars. With commentary at the end of each chapter by two-time Olympic individual gold medalist Anky van Grunsven, currently the number-one ranking dressage rider in the world.
Breeding expert DIRK WILLEM ROSIE has worked for the KWPN (Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook) since 1994 and is editor–in–chief of the Dutch equestrian magazine In De Strengen.He began his career in journalism as an art editor and theater critic, and his passion for horses initially found expression through his contributions to the magazine De Hoefslag. Rosie was a 2004 presenter at the Global Dressage Forum alongside physiologist Dr. Eric van Breda, where the pair offered an examination of how the horse can be a “happy athlete” if correctly built—in all aspects—for what he is expected to do. Rosie lives in Haaksbergen, The Netherlands, where he and his wife run a horse breeding farm.
120 pp • 8 x 11 • 70 color photos, 8 watercolor illustrations, 20 colored charts • 1 57076 362 3 • $29.95 hardcover