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(© 2019 Kip Mistral. Short film by Michel Kaplan, Beau Geste S.O.A.R. & On Tape Productions, 1994. With permission by the Kaplan family and Catherine Durand Henriquet. Photograph by Frédéric Chéhu.) One day in France,…

The post “The Music Box”: A Short Film Featuring Michel and Catherine Henriquet 1994 appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(This excerpt from “Dressage for No Country” by Paul Belasik–available April 15, 2019–has been made available by its publisher, Trafalgar Square Books. The excerpt describes Belasik’s visit to the Spanish Riding School in the 1990’s.)…

The post “Dressage for No Country”: Paul Belasik on ‘The Spanish Riding School’ appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(Poem @ Ronald Duncan Estate. Painting “The Horse Fair” by Rosa Bonheur 1883-1885) The Horse Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity? Here, where…

The post “Ode to the Horse” by Ronald Duncan appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(© 1852 Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion. Wood engraving image caption: “Interior View of Disbrow & Cos Riding School, 415 Washington Street, Boston”; Image credit is due Mark Renger at Sewickley Gallery at www.sewickleygallery.com, for…

The post “The Blood is Made Pure”: Disbrow & Co’s Boston Riding School Circa 1852 and the Health-Giving Properties of the Arts of Equitation appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(© Kip Mistral 2017. First published in the United States Lipizzan Federation quarterly NEWS publication for Winter 2018. Feature image is Painting #26: Gallop leading with near fore, from “The Classical Riding Master”. Subsequent illustration…

The post On Friedrich Wilhelm Baron Reis von Eisenberg appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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In your Horsemanship… Are you an Artist or Artisan? (Thanks to Merriam-Webster Dictionary for the definitions.) 1) Artist: a: one who professes and practices an imaginative art, b: a person skilled in one of the…

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(© Kip Mistral 2003. Two part interview article first published in California Riding Magazine. Detail from “The Prince Riding in the Moonlight” by John Bauer, 1914.) “I remember one day after several years of study,…

The post Apprenticed to Transformation: “Dressage in the Fourth Dimension” with Sherry Ackerman appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(© Kip Mistral 2018. “Water Sprite” by Theodor Kittelsen) Almost all of us riders meet the horse first in our childhood imaginations. We took our seats on the gleaming black stallions, or the feisty red…

The post Where Did the Wild Things Go? appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(Peter Paul Rubens – Detail from Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma – The Collection – Museo Nacional del Prado) “Now for your Cherishings, they are those which I formerly spake of; Only they…

The post Now for Your Cherishings – Gervase Markham 1676 appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(© 2015 Xenophon Press. Images used with permission of the publisher. Review © 2018 Kip Mistral) Not one, but an amazing three forewords penned by luminaries of modern classical riding greet the reader who picks…

The post Book Review – Austrian Art of Riding: Five Centuries By Dr. Werner Poscharnigg appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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