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Equitana 2015 in Essen, Germany, is just around the corner! Join more than 10 TSB authors March 14-22 for a spectacular event, combining education and entertainment in an exciting European setting.

TSB authors presenting and exhibiting at this year’s Equitana include:

Uta Graf: See her new DVD FINE RIDING as well as the JOY OF DRESSAGE DVD series.

Linda Tellington-Jones: Check out her stirring and unique call to change DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, in addition to her other bestselling books and DVDs from TSB.

Ingrid Klimke: TSB is proud to have the New Edition of the classic book CAVALLETTI as well as Ingrid’s newest DVD SUCCESS WITH CAVALETTI-TRAINING, as well as her many other  training DVDs.

Eckart Meyners: Eckart’s newest book RIDER + HORSE = 1 is available now, as well as his popular fitness book and DVD.

Frederic Pignon: Frederic makes an annual appearance at Equitana, both to perform and teach. The latest book from Frederic and his wife Magali Delgado BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER–YOU AND YOUR HORSE is a gorgeous tribute to their experiences with horses.

Gerd Heuschmann: His books TUG OF WAR and BALANCING ACT, and his DVD IF HORSES COULD SPEAK have help raised awareness as regards the well-being of dressage horses the world over.

Philippe Karl: Check out his CLASSICAL DRESSAGE DVD series, and other DVDs available from TSB.

Lorenzo: He awes the crowds with his performance during Equitana’s “Hop Top Show,” and you can read his story in LORENZO: THE FLYING FRENCHMAN.

Britta Schoffmann & Klaus Balkenhol: KLAUS BALKENHOL: THE MAN AND HIS TRAINING METHODS is a fascinating read.

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Wendy Murdoch: TSB is very pleased to announce that Wendy, author of the incredibly popular 50 5-MINUTE FIXES TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDING, 40 5-MINUTE JUMPING FIXES, and new 5-MINUTE FIXES DVDs has been nominated for the prestigious Equitana Innovation Award for her new Sure Foot Equine Stability Program! Sure Foot is a revolutionary way of improving your horse’s balance, confidence, movement, and performance by allowing the horse to experience his own habitual patterns of movement and providing an opportunity for him to explore and learn new ways of standing on his feet and utilizing the ground for greater ease, comfort and confidence. Wendy will have her Sure Foot products in Hall 7, Booth D 10.

We wish Wendy the best of luck, and hope many of you will have the opportunity to learn from the fantastic horsemen, riders, trainers, and equine experts gathered for the 2015 Equitana event.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, TSB couldn’t help but think of two individuals who clearly love horses and how life can be fuller and more joyful when horses are part of it. TSB is proud to announce the soon-to-be-released new book from Magali Delgado and Frederic Pignon, the founding stars of the hit show Cavalia and authors of the bestselling book GALLOP TO FREEDOM. Their new book, BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER—YOU AND YOUR HORSE is their meaningful, beautiful, and personal account of  how people can begin, and then nurture, thriving and happy relationships with horses.

 

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“For the horse and our relationship to evolve in a good way, we have to remain open,” writes Frederic in BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER—YOU AND YOUR HORSE. “In my imagination, I see open doors between us so that we always feel that physically and mentally we can achieve anything we set our minds to. If we rest on the principles we have been taught or learned, the relationship with the horse will stay shuttered. Every day I try to make a fresh start: this is a new day for me and for this horse I am with. What will happen? If I do not take this approach—and there are plenty of people in the horse world who do not—I shall never really get through to this horse and learn about his true nature.

“With the passage of time and all the experiences we have had, both good and bad, Magali and I gave up wanting to control everything and, in fact, we listen more and more to what the horses tell us they want to do….To me, being open means being in tune with myself and others, not having immutable principles but always having the wish to be as fair as possible. For the horse to have a beneficial effect on us we must remain open. We must entertain a sense almost of abandon so that we are always ready to be surprised and moved, and ready to question all our previous experience in order to find the true way forward.”

 

Watch Magali and Frederic demonstrate their love of horses in these spectacular clips from Equitana 2013:

 

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And CLICK HERE to pre-order a copy of BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER—YOU AND YOUR HORSE by Magali Delgado and Frederic Pignon for the special horse person (and Valentine!) in your life.

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Linda Tellington-Jones doing Tail TTouches on one of Frederic Pignon's horses.

Linda Tellington-Jones doing Tail TTouches on one of Frederic Pignon’s horses.

TSB author, horse trainer, and animal behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones sat down with world renowned liberty trainers and performers Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado during the first weekend of Equitana in Essen, Germany. Linda, Frederic, and Magali discuss the ways Tellington TTouch, the specialized bodywork that forms one important piece of the Tellington Method, dramatically reduces stress in the sport or performance horse, as well as increasing the horse’s desire to work with you, in and out of the arena.

“[Tellington TTouch] is a way to ‘think’ about being with horses,” says Frederic, who rose to international fame alongside his wife, a dressage rider, in the hit show Cavalia. “It gives you a way to find what your horse likes, so you need only a light and momentary touch to relax him in a stressful situation.”

In the Equitana presentation, Frederic shares the story of Guizo, a young stallion who appeared in Cavalia when it was touring North America.

“I worked with Frederic and Guizo in Dallas, Texas,” explains Linda. “Guizo was the youngest stallion of the three who worked at liberty in Cavalia. He performed beautifully, but was concerned about the older stallions and had a tendency to bite at them. Frederic had been managing this by keeping Guizo slightly apart on the upper stage and asked me if I had any thoughts of how to give the stallion more confidence to stop this habit. I showed Frederic how Mouth TTouch can effect the emotional behavior of a horse by quietly working the outside of the mouth with the flat hand and then slipping the thumb into the mouth. At the same time it is important to hold the intention of the behavior you want—in this case, to hold the vision of Guizo keeping his mouth quiet, breathing normally, and relaxing around the other stallions (I discuss the idea of training and riding with ‘intention’ in depth in my new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL).

“Working the lips and nostrils affects the limbic system—the part of the brain that controls emotions as well as affecting the ability to learn. It sounds so simplistic, but it worked! Frederic told me that the first evening he took maybe 30 seconds when Guizo entered the arena and spoke quietly to him, lowered his head a little, and slipped his thumb into the mouth. Guizo was able to work quietly together with the other stallions for the first time!”

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“TTouch is good for the mind of the horse, and also the body,” adds Magali. “I warm my horses up well before a performance, but then they must stand backstage and may get a little cold, a little stiff. I do two minutes of work with the horse’s shoulders and tail [Shoulder Release and Tail TTouches] backstage, and just before riding I can promise you my horse is very relaxed, his back very fluid, able to do all the movements easily.”

Linda talks about the work she has done with Frederic and Magali, as well as over 20 other top dressage riders, trainers, and horses, in her new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, which is available now from the TSB online bookstore.

GALLOP TO FREEDOM, the first book about training philosophy by Frederic and Magali, is also available (CLICK HERE TO ORDER).

Check out this video of the session with Linda, Frederic, and Magali at Equitana! (Note: They speak in English and German throughout the video–there is great stuff here in both languages, so be sure to watch through!)

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The 2013 Equitana in Essen, Germany, features many TSB authors.

The 2013 Equitana in Essen, Germany, features many TSB authors.

The 2013 Equitana Equestrian Sports World Fair kicks off March 16th and runs through the 24th in Essen, Germany. This premiere equine event features some of the leading names in equestrian sport and entertainment in the world, including top trainers, riders, and performers.

Trafalgar Square Books is proud to have many authors participating in this year’s event. Featured clinicians and speakers include:

TSB authors Ingrid Klimke and Linda Tellington-Jones are both featured clinicians/speakers at Equitana.

TSB authors Ingrid Klimke and Linda Tellington-Jones are both featured clinicians/speakers at Equitana.

LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES author of the new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, as well as over a dozen other books and DVDs.

KLAUS BALKENHOL former coach of the US Dressage Team and the subject of the biography KLAUS BALKENHOL: THE MAN AND HIS TRAINING METHODS.

INGRID KLIMKE creator of the DVD series BASIC TRAINING FOR RIDING HORSES.

ANDREA & MARKUS ESCHBACH authors of the bestselling HOW TO SPEAK HORSE and RIDING FREE.

ECKART MEYNERS author of RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN and creator of the DVD MOVEMENT AWARENESS FOR RIDERS.

BRITTA SCHOFFMANN author of DRESSAGE SCHOOL and KLAUS BALKENHOL: THE MAN AND HIS TRAINING METHODS.

RICHARD HINRICHS creator of the DVDs, SCHOOLING HORSES IN-HAND and MOTIVATION OF DRESSAGE HORSES.

TSB author Frederic Pignon stars in this year's Hop Top performance at Equitana.

TSB author Frederic Pignon stars in this year’s Hop Top performance at Equitana.

Plus, bestselling author FREDERIC PIGNON (coauthor with his wife Magali Delgado of GALLOP TO FREEDOM) and the famous roman-riding LORENZO, subject of the biography LORENZO: THE FLYING FRENCHMAN, star in annual Equitana Hop Top Show Festivallo. Check it out:

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TSB author and stunt-riding phenomenon Lorenzo stars in this year's Equitana.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Essen, Germany, where EQUITANA, one of the horse world’s premier events and trade fairs is held. With breed pavilions, demonstrations, speakers, and shopping-galore spread over a week-long period–this year, from March 12 through the 20–Equitana is every equestrian’s “happy place.”

An integral part of the Equitana festival, is the HOP TOP Show–an event that is considered an absolute “must see” by many equine enthusiasts. There is no other horse “show” on earth quite like it–each year it features a host of stars from all over Europe who perform amazing acts with their horses to the accompaniment of dramatic lighting, breathtaking backdrops, and rousing music.

TSB author and world-famous liberty trainer Frederic Pignon also stars in Equitana 2011.

This year’s much-anticipated HOP TOP Show “Fabuloso” features two of TSB’s best-selling authors: Frederic Pignon and Lorenzo. Pignon, known for his work alongside his wife Magali Delgado in the hit show Cavalia, is a liberty-work master. He and Delgado share their story and horse training philosophy in the gorgeously illustrated book GALLOP TO FREEDOM, on sale all this month at the TSB bookstore.

We’ve all seen the YouTube clip of Lorenzo “roman riding” his team of eight gray horses along the beach and through the ocean. You can read the story of this impressive stunt-riding phenomenon–his background, education, and how he trains his horses to do what they do together–in LORENZO: THE FLYING FRENCHMAN, also on sale all this month at the TSB bookstore.

We’re recognizing other TSB authors who are presenting at Equitana with 15% off their books and DVDs, plus FREE SHIPPING. Check out our March specials HERE.

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