Announcing the New Book from Veterinarian and Conformation Expert Christian Schacht

TSB author Christian Schacht is a veterinarian; German riding, breeding, and management “master”; licensed dressage, eventing, and international show jumping judge; and Breeding Director of the International Sporthorse Registry (ISR) Oldenburg North America. In addition, he teaches equine science at Virginia Tech and finds time to give educational seminars as part of the fascinating “Dressage Cruise” experience. (Dr. Schacht was featured on the 2012 Dressage Cruise, and will be back by popular demand for the 2013 “Seminars at Sea”—CLICK HERE form more information.)

We are excited to announce the publication of his new book, SPORT HORSE CONFORMATION, available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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In SPORT HORSE CONFORMATION you’ll have a chance to:

• Discover the Equine Conformation System (ECS).

• Study the physical ideal and geometrical factors for determining the horse’s athletic potential.

• Understand the modern demands on today’s dressage, jumping, and event horses.

• Consider the importance of the horse’s center of gravity on his ability to perform.

• Examine the horse’s gaits and movement.

• Journey through the horse’s body, from the front end, through the trunk, to the hind end.

• Gain a respect for the balance between the horse’s character and temperament, and his physical qualities.

Over 170 color photos and superior diagrams illustrate Dr. Schacht’s methods for evaluating dressage, jumping, and eventing prospects based on recognizing proportions and lines. His techniques, already widely accepted in international professional circles, can help amateurs and professionals alike in choosing the right horse, as well as training and riding him for optimal performance.


TSB Author Janet Foy Teams Up with to Evaluate Young Horse Dressage Prospects

The revolutionary online horse show site has launched a new online Young Horse Dressage Evaluation Program with TSB author and renowned FEI and USEF judge Janet Foy.

The new online Young Horse Dressage Evaluation Program is an innovative opportunity for equestrians of all ages and experience to have access to feedback from world-renowned judges by submitting videos from their home arenas. Whether you think your talented youngster may be the next international dressage superstar or would just like to know where your horse stands in terms of his training and make sure he’s on the right track for future success, this is your chance to have your young dressage horse evaluated by an internationally acclaimed judge.

All members who submit a video of their four-, five-, or six-year-old horse schooling movements under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter will receive a detailed voiceover commentary in real time that includes an evaluation of their horse’s potential as an upper level dressage horse and an assessment of where the horse is in his overall development. In addition, riders who submit a practice ride of an actual young horse test will receive a complete scorecard with marks and comments for each individual task from the test.

Janet Foy is licensed as an FEI 4* judge, USEF “S” Dressage Judge, USEF Sport horse “R” Breeding Judge, and FEI Technical Delegate, and is also a member of the United States Equestrian Federation Dressage Committee and High Performance Dressage Committee. Widely known as an enduring advocate for young horses, Janet serves as Co-Chair of the USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage Subcommittee, has passed the FEI Exam to be a certified international Young Horse Judge, and has judged the USEF National Young Horse and Developing Horse Championships multiple times.

“I love the idea that riders, owners and breeders will now have an easy-to-use and low-cost option to have their young horses evaluated, regardless of where they live and their accessibility to shows and clinics,” says Janet. “It will also hopefully help riders make sure they have the training of their horses going in the right direction to maximize their future potential.”

Janet’s new book DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE will be released later this month! You can pre-order your copy now at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


To learn more about’s new Young Horse Dressage Evaluation Program and see sample videos with voiceover commentary by Janet Foy, visit