“Lily” is a three-coming-four year old striking deep bay PRE mare, 16 hands. Phenomenal disposition, very smart, loves to work. No shying, mature beyond her age. Very comfortable gaits, exceptional character. No mareish behavior, calm, secure, and a joy to work with. Unlimited potential, has begun lateral work. Absolutely sound, vetted with x-rays. A rare prospect. SOLD.
In many parts of the country, this is the beginning of the show season. This message goes out particularly to young professionals who are about to feel a little under appreciated and might think their work is going to be unnoticed.
We are listening to you, and the Pennsylvania Riding Academy has a new option for our immediate 2022 Internship Opening! Aside from our usual rider training internship, we are now offering a barn management internship position.
"Too many people assume that they have the right to ride the horse without respect for some proper communication. They have the right to this authority without granting any authority to the horse; without any reverence for the process; without any willingness to be ordered or changed by the horse.
Books, Wisdom / 10.04.2022
Barry Lopez wrote, "What we do to animals troubles us - the horror of laboratory experiments, trophy shooting, factory farming - and our loss of contact with them leaves us mysteriously bereaved. If we could re-establish an atmosphere of respect in our relationships, simple awe for the complexities of animal's lives, I think we would feel revivified as a species.
Looking for a unique internship in dressage? Everyday can be a masterclass – it is up to you. We are passionate about sharing dressage with riders who have an interest in theory as well as riding. As Alois Podhajsky said, “there must be a balance between theory and riding. Without this balance, riders go from one system to another with no understanding of biomechanics or history. They just ride each day, making mistakes that have already been proven to be ineffective.”
Books, Wisdom / 19.03.2022
Richard Watjen, who has been considered to have sublime position once said, "No fault in rider position was ever corrected by suppleness. Suppleness is the result of riding in the correct position for years."
A new article, by Paul Belalsik, about dressage and the military. Why does this linking of dressage to the military and military movements persist, and to this day sometimes overpower the well-documented artistic evolution of dressage?...The provenance of dressage being guided by artistic forces is overwhelming.
Announcements / 28.10.2021
Australia's The Horse Magazine has just published Paul's latest article, click the link to read "How to Take a Riding Lesson and Get Your Money's Worth," sure to be a topic of interest to many riders.
Bakhita is a 2017 16h+ gray PRE Andalusian mare, both parents imported from Spain.
Horses, Sales / 24.08.2021
Alvaro is a very special american mustang, registered AWSSR, who was born wild on BLM land in Nevada and has become a successful dressage horse.
Horses, Training / 16.04.2021
Here we see Rose and her Hanoverian Sparrow practicing one-tempis flying changes. When you start training and practicing flying changes, your horse probably knows shoulder in, haunches in, all the lateral work. It knows to move over from the leg aids. If you continue to use strong lower legs you will almost certainly get crooked changes. You must teach the changes off of your hips and seat. The horse follows the rider's hips like a child skipping in a straight line. One of the reasons straight changes are so important is that they can be proof of the horse and rider's connection through the back and seat, and not a trick off the cue of heel and spur.
Very beautiful Andalusian/TB gelding with a disposition to match. Once in a lifetime companion and partner, schooling PSG.
Paul’s classical training scale, as featured on our History of Dressage Poster, continues with Balance. This series celebrates the launch of Paul Belasik’s wall poster that charts the history and heritage of the classical tradition of dressage.
Paul’s classical training scale, as featured on our History of Dressage Poster, continues with Communication. This series celebrates the launch of Paul Belasik’s latest project – a wall poster that chart the history and heritage of the classical tradition of dressage.
Paul's classical training scale, as featured on our History of Dressage Poster, begins with Trust.
This is a four or five part series that Chris Hector of the Horse Magazine is doing on the poster.
On a single page, Paul Belasik has presented a beautiful, frameable poster that should hang in every dressage stable. It is a synopsis of dressage history from the Renaissance to modernity. The genealogy of five centuries of different national schools is a telescope into the past, and illuminates some of the outstanding contributors to classical dressage around the world.
A sizeable audience, including a good representation from Pony Club, attended our most recent lecture demo, “Dressage for Everyone.”
Registration is now open for our September Lecture/ Demo, "Dressage for Everyone."
Dressage, Lessons / 24.03.2020
Due to recent changes in travel, Paul and Rose will be offering video lessons for riders unable to train with them in person.
Judging from my mailbox, dressage riders seemed perplexed about how competition judges are currently evaluating some horses’ piaffes at the international level. What is high quality and what is faulty? In this article, I will address two major faults in piaffes of popular riders that have appeared in recent performances, and seem to be confusing viewers.
Do you have a young horse you would like to have started classically? Are you feeling stuck with your horse's training? Do you wish to advance your horse's training and your knowledge?
Following the popularity of last year's lecture/demonstrations here at the farm, we are pleased to announce our 2020 series of dates and topics.
Books, Reviews / 16.12.2019
See this link to a marvelous review of Dressage for No Country posted by Horse Nation!
Horses, Sales / 12.12.2019
Nashville SSH is a 16.2, 2016 double registered PRE Andalusian gelding. This premium prospect has a fantastic mind, doesn't shy, and comes in ready to work each day. He is a beautiful mover and a joy to train.
Blog, Clinics, Wisdom / 07.03.2019
I think many people make a big mistake when they initially seek instruction in any field. Whether the person is an adult looking for help for themselves or a parent looking for lesson for a child, the logic usually goes something like this: I'm just testing the waters to see if I really like music lessons.
In an article recently published by the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, a question is framed in bold type: “Should we redefine equine lameness in the era of quantitative gait analysis?” The article begins, “An international team of researchers, including [some] from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, have strongly advised on the need to discriminate clearly between “asymmetry” and “lameness” when assessing a horse’s gait.”
Here is a glimpse of one of our exciting prospects that will be available in 2019. Seneca is a 2016 pure Andalusian gelding, 16.2 hands. This gelding has three comfortable, excellent quality gaits and a phenomenal disposition. Incredibly kind and responsive, he is a pleasure to work with.
Unusual Andalusian gelding, brown bay, 4 years old. 16.2 hands, by Grand Prix stallion Fiero LFA. Truly exceptional prospect, excellent temperament, comfortable gaits.
16.1, 7 year old gray PRE Andalusian mare, IALHA registered. This beautiful granddaughter of Spanish Olympic horse Evento, is very safe, has excellent movement, and comfortable gaits.
The Pennsylvania Riding Academy currently has an opening for a horse to come into training.
3.5 year old Andalusian cross mare. Rich bay with white blaze.
Paul's new novel, Gyre, is now available for order!