Paul Belasik, highly respected international rider, trainer, writer and teacher, and avowed proponent of classical equestrian ideals, has written this book for all serious riders who seek to align the physical and artistic elements of their training.
At the core of the book is a series of ‘state of the art’ experiments in which he participated, designed to establish whether certain classical ideas about true collection could be scientifically proved. Discussion of the results leads into an exploration of how working towards collection informs the progression of training and the way in which the exercises are implemented.
Furthermore, Belasik points out, this pursuit of collection is likely to take a purer form if it is motivated by artistic values rather than by the rider’s ego. In this regard, the author urges readers to focus on their own individuality, rather than being motivated or misled by external pressures: to ‘collect’ or ‘centre’ themselves, as they work towards a similar state with their horses. A fascinating and thoughtful read.
Book Review from Dressage Today: A Search for Collection An American dressage rider and trainer discuss the physical and artistic elements of training in this review of A Search for Collection.
By Paul Belasik Hardcover, 123 pages. Published by J.A. Allen. Available from HorseBooksEtc.com.
"This is an extraordinary and unique book, as intensely scholarly as it is deeply concerned with aesthetics by an author whose previous work is well-known and appreciated. This book however is a tour de force topping what else he has done, as it is so deep and encompassing, as much about a philosophy of living one’s life authentically as it is about training horses to the ultimate level of collection--piaffe/levade."
"This latest achievement in literature from Paul Belasik will be welcomed by those who know him well. For those who have not yet discovered his teachings, this is the perfect place to start. It is highly readable and very thought provoking. Many will feel a little twinge of self-recognition in some of the examples he gives. But it is not in condemnation of riders, trainers, or judges that he writes, but in hope that his revelations will help each one of these to better understand themselves and their motives."