All disciplines, from Western Reining to Stadium Jumping, can benefit from the study of the Classical riding and training principles developed over the centuries that have been proven to be biomechanically correct for a sound, healthy, and happy horse. Our fast-paced, competitive culture nearly lost these important principles to the rigors of win-at-all-costs horse shows and addiction to instant gratification. But when riders started to realize that the old Classical principles can actually help HEAL our horses’ minds and bodies, these ideals began making a strong comeback.
Join Eric and Nahshon for a fun, lively discussion about the history of Classical equitation, what it is, what is ISN’T, and how it can help you and your horse.
|Time: 45min||Skill: Everyone||Location: Schedule|
- Eric Paul ZieglerDouble E FarmEric found his passion in the study and teaching of 17th and 18th Classical Equitation. Originally a historian and teacher by trade, he applied his research skills to his horsemanship skills and developed a fascinating program teaching correct biomechanics and time-tested equestrian theory from the Spanish and French classical schools of Europe. He travels and also teaches Classical riding and historical Cavalry Horsemanship (including mounted saber and lance) on the road and at his ranch, Double E Farm, in Elizabeth, CO. Eric offers training of both horses and riders, as well as offering clinics throughout North America.
Bio: Nahshon Cook was thirteen years old when he took his first riding lesson on an old professor named Willy at the Urban Farm at Stapleton, where he was a student in their Embracing Horses riding program for five years. During that time he was introduced to the art of Classical Dressage: a scientific system of equitation based on the mental development of the saddle horse proceeding greater physical demands. He has since been a devoted practitioner to this method of building partnerships with horses.
Philosophy: Nahshon Cook holds the adage “Follow the horse and find heaven in every step.” as the golden rule to his approach to teaching and training. He is a student and scholar of the art and science of classical dressage. He loves horses and believes they should be happier and healthier because we are in their lives. He specializes in starting, training, and rehabilitating riding horses by teaching them proper use of their backs. He also believes horses deserve good riders and strives to teach people to relax their horses by first relaxing themselves. His main riding influences are the classical masters, his horses, and his students.