"Classical Dressage is the real thing, the original – in all its purity. It should be very simple. It is nothing more nor less than practisingdressage with a correct seat and the correct training methods."
A large and appreciative audience at Moreton Morrell College on 18 November enjoyed a lecture demo by international dressage trainer Sylvia Loch focusing on the weight aids — the topic of her latest book The Rider's Balance.
In an afternoon dedicated to the principles of classical riding, Sylvia first rode her advanced schoolmaster Lusitano stallion, the 23-year-old Prazer, who was in exuberant mood demonstrating his movement and presence. Three lucky audience members were then chosen to receive a short lesson aboard Prazer, to experience for themselves his sensitivity to a rider's movements. Finally, Sylvia was introduced to two riders and their horses and worked with them to improve their understanding of the weight aids. Both went beautifully under Sylvia's guidance.
The event was arranged by BHS Warwickshire volunteers. Many thanks to Sylvia for an inspiring afternoon, to everyone who attended, and to our helpers on the day.
More about Sylvia
Sylvia Loch is an international dressage trainer, judge, author and lecturer, and the only British trainer to be awarded an Honorary Instructorship by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. She has judged the Lusitano and Spanish horse – on which she is a recognised authority – all over the world. She is the author of eight books on equitation, the first of which earned her an invitation to Buckingham Palace to a State Banquet for her services to the Iberian horse world.
As Founder of the Lusitano Breed Society (1982) and the Classical Riding Club (BHS accredited) she is very influential with her books, DVDs and Facebook site. She has given several demonstrations with her horses for The British Horse Society over the years, one of which took place at The Royal Mews in London in the early 1980s.
Sylvia's original equestrian background started in Scotland where she ran a small riding school from home near Edinburgh, but it was moving to Portugal in 1960 which really changed her life. Here she discovered Classical High School riding which led to her popularity as a trainer worldwide and in 1982 she and her late husband Lord Loch set up a BHS Approved school of equitation in Suffolk.
She founded the Classical Riding Club in 1995 to bring 'ordinary riders' with 'ordinary horses' together to employ a more harmonious way of riding by studying the classical principles of balance, harmony and joy in all their work together with the horse.
Her latest book The Rider's Balance has just been published by Quiller Press and has led to further acclaim for the way in which it focuses on the weight aids and how to enhance the natural balance of the horse without coercion or force.
Sylvia was recently awarded the Order of Merit by the Portuguese government for her dedication to horses.