The return of a classic! One of the most important works ever written on dressage, this landmark work, first published in 1902, is finally back in print. A fundamental text in classical dressage, Breaking and Riding is more relevant than ever with its emphasis on lightness and forwardness in dressage. Yes, James Fillis is the inventor of the fillis stirrup irons, still used by nearly all dressage riders to this day.
This wonderful book is the result of a lifetime spent training horses in the classical style. James Fillis (1834-1913) explains his methods of breaking--from lunging, work in hand, and first mounting--and progressing to advanced work, including canter pirouette, tempi changes, piaffe, passage, and even reverse canter.
James Fillis was ecuyer en chef of the St. Petersburg Cavalry Riding School, and at the turn of the century was renowned as the greatest high-school rider of all time. He was a ground breaker in the field of classical dressage but he respected his own training as an apprentice of a student of Francois Baucher.
Throughout this work, Fillis always returns to his basic principle: the horse must be correctly balanced and light in forward movement and propulsion, in order that the rider may obtain the most powerful effects with the least exertion. His motto, “en avante” (forward), represents a basic modern training principle.
The light and often humorous style makes this a pleasant read, as well as an absorbing look back to a time when horse was king among the royalty of Europe. Illustrated with drawings and photographs, this volume is a must-read for anyone interested in the development of classical dressage in the twentieth century.