Dressage in Lightness: Speaking the Horse’s Language is Sylvia Loch’s fifth major equestrian book. Her first book, The Royal Horse of Europe, was published in 1986 to international acclaim, earning the title “Book of the Year” in Horse and Hound. There followed The Classical Seat, Dressage: The Art Of Classical Riding, and Classical Rider, all of which have either gone on into further editions or been translated into French and German, each enjoying a prominent place in the world’s most prestigious book lists.

Apart from her writing, Sylvia is probably best known for her teaching, lecturing, and videos. She has given clinics and seminars all over the world, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Kenya, while her videos, The Classical Seat series I, II, and III, are available globally on the internet as well as in retail outlets. In 1982 Sylvia co-founded The Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain, and in 1995 formed The Classical Riding Club (CRC), a networking organization whose 800 members are scattered both at home and abroad, with a large contingent in the USA. For members the ideals promoted by the CRC within its charter, and in its quarterly newsletters, keep the spirit of traditional classical dressage alive in a very unique way.

You can learn more about classical dressage at Sylvia’s website.

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