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The training of a horse involves building a relationship with another being whose integrity both physical and mental should be maintained throughout. The training process is demanding for both partners and must be achieved without losing the spirit of either.

In the search for ordered movement lies the risk of producing some form of mechanisation instead of maintaining the purity of the horse's natural paces.

Of course some horses will have a naturally powerful and elastic way of going whereas others will look more ordinary. However, both types can be trained to improve their athleticism, thereby narrowing the gap in their performance.

The aim of training must always be to make the horse look more beautiful. This was the constant preoccupation of the great 'ecuyer' Nuno Oliveira whose belief was that you could not produce, or even attempt to produce, a work of art without a deep love of your subject matter.

This philosophy has always been the foundation on which Carreg Dressage has been built and developed. Georges Dewez was very fortunate to be able to spend some time training with Nuno Oliveira supplemented with extensive reading and study.

Nuno Oliveira's philosophy  was that of a fusion of the two French schools: The old school of Versailles and the 'new' school of Francois Baucher . Thus he obtained perfect lightness which had always been the cachet of the French school but sadly has almost disappeared from modern equitation. As he did, we also believe that most horses can be trained to a very high level providing they have enough spirit.

In the end it is the spirit of the horse, which is the most important and it is this which should inspire us. If the training of the horse is approached with the aim of seeking co-operation, rather than demanding submission, the horses will teach us as much as we teach them .



"C'est la legerete qui donne a l'equitation son veritable cachet"
- General L'Hotte
"Lightness is the proof of true equitation "