Dominique Barbier cultivated his riding skills at a number of highly regarded facilities throughout Europe, following various disciplines, including show jumping, eventing, dressage, and steeplechasing. Barbier then based himself in Portugal for two years studying with the legendary Mestre Nuno Oliveira. This experience was a defining moment that inspired Barbier's belief in keeping a horse “light and happy.” Since immigrating to the United States, Barbier's teaching and passion for the “Art of Dressage” has reached many thousands of people throughout the country, as well as North Africa, Europe, Asia, and Brazil. His avantgarde philosophy, focusing on the importance of mental communication and the understanding of the horse's nature, has been practiced now for over 40 years. Barbier is also the author of Dressage for the New Age, Meditation for Two with Keron Psillas, and The Alchemy of Lightness with Dr. Maria Katsamanis (dominiquebarbier.com).
Keron Psillas first began to focus on photography as a career and art form in 2004, and in 2006 began two years tenure as the Director of the Art Wolfe Digital Photography Center in Seattle, Washington. The access to industry professionals and renowned artists facilitated her developing career as a photographer, writer, and as an imageediting and publishing consultant. While continuing to learn from the masters in the field, including Sam Abell, Jay Maisel, and Arthur Meyersonand most importantly, her studentsKeron is now instructing and leading trips worldwide, often with Dominique and Debra Barbier. She is represented by the Corbis and Danita Delimont agencies (www.keronpsillas.com).