Riding In Lightness: Classically Based Training for the Young Horse by Manolo Mendez

Riding In Lightness: Classically Based Training for the Young Horse
Manolo Mendez

In Dressage and any other equine sport there are enormous benefits for any horse started or retrained the classical way. The Classical philosophy calls for the kindest and most humane methods, and aspires to complete understanding between horse and rider. Riding in lightness demonstrates Manolo's approach to basic training of the horse. This DVD is not only a valuable instructional tool but highly enjoyable viewing.Watch this award winning rider trainer as he shows how to build step by step on the basics to attain increasingly higher levels of harmony and lightness. Mendez among his many accomplishments was second in command at the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain. He has been awarded the Gold Whip by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. He is a masterful trainer.


Born one of fourteen children, and raised on a rural Andalusian farm where life revolved around horses and cattle, Manolo's career began at 14 years old when he began training horses for the Domecq family. Within a couple of years, Manolo was training all of Alvaro Domecq's personal corrida horses ensuring that they entered the arenas with a brave, settled heart and mind, perfect balance and absolute responsiveness and coherence with their rider.

When the King of Spain approached the Domecq family to create a School to protect Spain's riding traditions, Manolo Mendez Parejo was made second in command and became the School's first Head Rider, and one of six founding members of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. (Real Escuela Andaluza Del Arte).

Based in Jerez, Spain, the school is one of the four classical schools which also include the Cadre Noir in Saumur, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Lisbon.

A master horseman with over forty years of experience spanning classical dressage, and every riding disciplines from puissance jumping to polo and doma vaquera, Manolo is dedicated to a soft, sympathetic and thorough training method which prepares horses physically and psychologically for each stage of training from training to Grand Prix and Haute Ecole. In particular, Manolo is well known for training or re-training the 3 Ps: Piaffe, Passage, and Pirouette without cohersion or force.

Not content to be an accomplished rider and trainer both in the saddle and in-hand, Manolo is also an exceptional equine bodyworker and trimmer who takes a 360 degree approach to horse care and training and does not hesitate to dismount and use different massage modalities to help straighten and release tight, stiff, crooked horses. In the word of one satisfied clinic rider.

While Manolo has ridden before the Queen of England, trained a horse for the king of Spain, was presented with a gold whip by the Vienna Spanish Riding School, and performed with his riders all over Europe as well as competed at the Grand Prix level with great success before moving to Australia, he has never wavered in his dedication and strict adherence to classical training principles and in putting the horse first.

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