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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Maneige Royal by Antoine de Pluvinel

Just in from the printers our new copies of Antoine de Pluvinel's 'The Maneige Royal' translated to English by Hilda Nelson. This work, formerly from J.A.Allen has been out of print for several years. We have carefully reproduced this masterpiece in clothbound hardcover with silver embossed spine. This is a limited edition printing, copies won't last. Perfect gift item or treat yourself. Gorgeous engravings by Chrispian de Pas. Read the full description here.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Faverot de Kerbrech's 'Methodical Dressage of the Saddle Horse' is considered the 'Bible of Baucherism'. Together with it, in 'Dressage of the Outdoor Horse' General de Lagarenne gives us the teaching of Faverot de Kerbrech. Both excellently translated by Michael L. M. Fletcher. FREE DOMESTIC MEDIA MAIL SHIPPING

François Faverot de Kerbrech's (1837 – 1905) first riding master was his father, General Baron Faverot, student of Chevalier D’Abzac. At Saint Cyr, his teachers were students of the Count d’Aure. Faverot completed his studies by following François Baucher. Faverot became one of Baucher’s favorite students. A horseman of great repute, he remained the loyal successor to the work of François Baucher. The Master François Baucher brought numerous modifications to his first method of dressage. His best student, Faverot de Kerbrech gives us the definitive description and explanation of Baucher’s second manner in his work: Methodical Dressage of the Saddle Horse from the Last Teaching of Baucher, recalled by one of his students (1891). Published twenty years after the death of Baucher, this work is the result of a quest to bring French equitation out of its academic approach; enriched by the experience of Baucher’s most illustrious student. It is widely considered the best representation of Baucher's second method.

In Dressage of the Outdoor Horse, General de Lagarenne gives us the last teaching of Faverot de Kerbrech. This work consists of a simplified progression of the second manner of Baucher with regard to the preparation of a horse for outdoor riding.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

The Ecuyere of the Nineteenth Century in the Circus by Hilda Nelson

We are pleased to announce that we have a few copies of the out of print title: The Ecuyere of the Nineteenth Century in the Circus by Hilda Nelson. Here is a very good description of the book which will be available off the press in about 2 weeks: "Circus was quite a serious thing in nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe. Edmond and Jules de Goncourt noted in their Journal "We go to only one theater--the Circus. There we see clowns, tumblers....there is no false exhibition of talent..." Balzac believed that a circus equestrienne was worth more respect than an actress, a prima ballerina or an opera prima donna. And indeed, equestrians were the kings of the circus--and equestriennes, its idolized queens. For horsemanship was important then. It was more than mere entertainment. Wars had been won by good horsemen. Horses were still man's most valuable partner in so many aspects of everyday life. And the circus had been creatd by and for equestrians...Nelson takes us to a wonderful, often surprising journey with the greatest circus equestriennes of the nineteenth century, who reigned with so much flair over the most prestigious rings of Europe...puts back the spotlight on these unjustly forgotten stars of the circus of yore...' Many of the moves illustrated are very familiar 'haute ecole' moves in classical dressage--piaffe, Spanish walk, passage; as well as the more esoteric 'airs above of the ground' most familiar today as performed by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Cadre Noir in Saumur. These moves include the courbette, capriole, levade, pesade, etc. And these circuses were housed in grand, theatrical palaces, not movable tents; but in buildings as exquisite as the equestrians/equestriennes and their horses, a fitting setting for these memorable equine artists. Also includes a glossary and index. As soon as it is ready, you will be able to obtain a limited edition (only 100 copies) on our website at www.XenophonPress.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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