Master Nuno Oliveira is considered to be one of the leading figures (if not the leading figure) in the Equestrian Art of the 20th century. He was not only an expert in the discipline and its history but also an outstanding teacher and mentor, an instructor with unusual intelligence and a highly developed equestrian feeling, an unrivaled artist in the saddle.
His great genius consisted of the comprehensive synthesis of the two emerging but up until then, contrary schools of the Old French riding masters as represented by the teachings of Francois Robichon de la Guérinière (of the 18th century) and Francois Baucher (of the 19th century). What made Oliveira stand out was his unwavering, unprejudiced pragmatism, which let him find the best method from all of the schools for working on a specific goal with a specific horse at a specific moment.
He believed that every single horse had to be trained to the highest degree of perfection and shine within the scope of its individual possibilities. He rose above any doctrinal dispute and focused on the task at hand. A rider should not only ride but also observe, study, read and think carefully. He/she should act rationally and calmly, never act brutally or with force; he should have love of the horse and develop great equestrian feeling, the greatest of all equestrian virtues.
To achieve this, he taught with the messages of Etienne Beudant and Faverot de Kerbrech: “Ask often, be satisfied with a little, and reward often.”
For the first time, the collected writings of Master Nuno Oliveira are now made available to English-speaking readers in one volume. These works have been re-translated from Nuno Oliveira’s original manuscripts in both Portuguese and French. The collection of photographs is unmatched. Where available color photographs are carefully reproduced and in other cases, rarely seen images will come to light in this unique collection of texts.
This long-awaited publication is a must for riders and lovers of fine riding and classical equestrian art.
This volume contains the following works:
Book 1 Classical Principles of the Art of Training Horses
Book 2 Horses and Their Riders
Book 3a Notes on the Teaching of Nuno Oliveira
Book 3b Notes on Elementary Equitation
Book 4 From an Old Écuyer to Young Riders
Book 5 Reminiscences of a Portuguese Rider
Appendix: Conference on Descente de main (Yielding of the hand)
Color and Black & White,
Hardcover, 244 pages.