Nuno Oliveira began his riding career with maestro Jonquin Gonzales de Miranda, Master of the Horse to the King of Portugal. In the 1940's he opened his own riding school and soon became an international name in the world of classical equitation. The book emphasizes lightness and harmony, reflecting a deep love and respect for the horse. Times change but classical principles remain. Translated by Phyllis Field. Audio book read by Sara Morsey.
As Sylvia Loch said in her book “Dressage: The Art of Classical Riding,” Nuno Oliveira was "a man who could bring magical steps out of the most ordinary horse, a man who rode like a king, so that his horses carried him like a king."
This includes three physical CDs.
"This translated version of Reflections on Equestrian Art, could pivot around one adjective: Eloquence.
Any student of classical art interested in refining skills in painting, would be well-served by studying the works and methods of the Old Masters. As it is with riding, the true essence of the art, refined to mastery generations ago, is virtually unchanged.
Chapter by chapter, through this 3-disc set, the essence of dressage, indeed the true nature of kind, gentle horsemanship, is defined. The intricacy of language parallels intricacy of the equestrian mastery it describes. Such attention to craft is refreshing in a world whirling with social media short forms, and crumbling literacy.
Listening to Sarah Morsey’s elegant voice draws the listener back to quiet attention; “mindfulness,” if you will. This, I think, is the key importance of this recording, for this state of “mindfulness” is where our horses live their lives. It is also the realm we need to bring ourselves to next time we saddle up.
Reflections on Equestrian Art is eloquent, inspirational and timeless; a good tool for the rider who strives to improve."
Creator of Fergus The Horse