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Susanne von Dietze, author of BALANCE IN MOVEMENT (now available again!) and RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK, is an internationally respected and highly sought-after riding coach and clinician. Her first experiences with CENTERED RIDING were possible because of the book’s worldwide distribution—it has been translated into 16 languages! Here she shares how she was introduced to the book and the effect it had on the trajectory of her career:

“I had a very special childhood, growing up in Germany with my father, an ex-cavalry officer, and my mother, a physiotherapist and athletics teacher. Both were riding instructors, as well. We always had horses and I learned how to ride before I learned how to walk.

“My parents started therapeutic riding in Germany, and both thought the riders seat was of prime importance for good riding. Longe lessons and seat corrections were a daily part of my training.

CENTERED RIDING by Sally Swift has been published in 16 languages.

CENTERED RIDING by Sally Swift has been published in 16 languages.

“My mother collected all the books she could find about the rider’s seat, and I have her First Edition of the German Translation of CENTERED RIDING. The pictures in this book have always been fascinating to me and helped me develop my own understanding and improve my teaching over the years. When I was asked by the German Federation (FN) to write a book about the rider’s seat (which became BALANCE IN MOVEMENT) I reread CENTERED RIDING and again was deeply inspired by Sally Swift.

“It was a very, very special honor for me to be invited to a NARHA (North American Riding for Handicapped Association) event in Boston in what I think it was 1999. There I had a presentation and a practical demonstration, and Sally Swift was giving a lecture, too. I will never forget how she was standing the whole time, supported on her little stick, and kept all of us busy with our full attention on her for over an hour in the aisleway of some stable! When she rested afterward, I was invited to meet her. She knew my book and had seen my presentation, and she congratulated me on what she thought was an important work. Her praise and acceptance of my work was one of the most important critiques in my life.

“Sally Swift has deeply affected me, not only with her fabulous concepts, but with her whole personality. In November 2015 I have the honor to be the Keynote Speaker at the Centered Riding Conference in the Netherlands, and will do my utmost to remember this great lady with all my respect.”

TSB has celebrated the 30th anniversary of publishing our first horse book CENTERED RIDING throughout the month of November. We’re excited to now cap it off with a special HorseandRiderBooks.com Sitewide Sale! CLICK HERE to shop now and get 30% off any of our bestselling books and DVDs (some exclusions may apply) for a limited time!

 

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Discounts will show at checkout. Plus, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING in the US! Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to get incredible equestrian books and DVDs, and support a small business.

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs for 30 years, is a small business located on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Pick up a copy of the August issue of Dressage Today for a great excerpt from TSB author Sylvia Loch's new book!

Pick up a copy of the August issue of Dressage Today for a great excerpt from TSB author Sylvia Loch’s new book!

TSB has a lot to be proud of in the August issue of Dressage Today magazine, with special sections by authors Susanne von Dietze (BALANCE IN MOVEMENT and RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK) and Janet Foy (DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE), as well as a travel piece and cover photo by photographer Keron Psillas (MEDITATION FOR TWO and the forthcoming THE ALCHEMY OF LIGHTNESS).

In addition, the “Annual Baroque Issue” features an excerpt from Sylvia Loch’s new book  THE BALANCED HORSE: THE AIDS BY FEEL, NOT FORCE, which is now available from the TSB online bookstore (CLICK HERE TO ORDER).

Take a close look at this photo from the book and see if you can name the celebrity in the audience!

See if you can spot the celebrity in the audience at this Sylvia Loch clinic!

See if you can spot the celebrity in the audience at this Sylvia Loch clinic!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the August issue of Dressage Today magazine, wherever quality equestrian magazines are sold.

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TSB is still taking online orders and shipping for Christmas. All orders made before midnight on December 18 will ship for FREE with delivery by Christmas. There is no guarantee on orders placed after the 18th unless arrangements are made for expedited shipping—call to confirm expedited shipping costs and arrival dates toll free at 800.423.4525.

TSB is accepting holiday orders through December 21st. Orders placed after the 21st will not arrive in time for Christmas.

AND we’re offering 15% off your order now through the holidays! Don’t miss this opportunity to save money on a great gift!

Our Top 5 TSB Gift Recommendations are:

NATURALLY CURIOUS by Mary Holland

You may not know this, but Trafalgar Square Books published a fabulous photographic field guide for New England and it just won the National Outdoor Book Award for best new nature guide! It is IN STOCK and will SHIP IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS from our website. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NATURALLY CURIOUS NOW.

2  TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson

This wonderful illustrated children’s book uses ranch life and the splendor of the American West as a backdrop for a bedtime book that instills work ethic and the value of animals as companions. Click HERE to listen to the interview with author Dorie McCullough Lawson on the Horse Radio Network. TSB is donating 10% of all online sales of TEX through January 1 to the Pajama Program, which provides books and warm jammies to children in need. CLICK HERE TO ORDER A SIGNED COPY OF TEX NOW.

3  RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK by Susanne von Dietze

Susanne just presented at the USDF Symposium in San Diego, California, where her new book (and the new DVD by the same name) were a huge hit. A great purchase for the dressage rider in your life. CLICK HERE TO ORDER RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK NOW.

4  HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD by Denny Emerson

There is no other book like this for the aspiring equestrian competitor, whatever their chosen discipline. This is a no-nonsense, self-empowering guide to navigating the horse industry and succeeding. Click HERE to check out Denny’s blog and what some of the top names in the world of horses are saying about his blog. CLICK HERE TO ORDER HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD NOW.

5  THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE 4-DISK DVD SET by Sean Patrick

Sean’s book by the same name is a bestseller, with readers and reviewers claiming it teaches training fundamentals like no book out there. Here, Sean has taken his winning “Countdown” and demonstrated the 33 steps in live action—the perfect complement to the book or a wonderful way to aid the visual learner in his or her pursuit of better horse-and-handler communication. CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE COUNTDOWN TO BROKE 4-DISK DVD SET NOW.

For more gift recommendations, checkout our holiday shopping lists HERE.

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At Trafalgar Square Books, we think our horses are thankful for the books we've read and the DVDs we've watched this year.

It’s that time of year when we remind each other, and ourselves, to be thankful….thankful for friends, family, and the horses in our life.

We at Trafalgar Square Books took a moment to wonder what our horses might be thankful for. Deep bedding and that extra flake of hay? Probably. The new Rambo and the flash set of boots? Perhaps. But we also think what our horses appreciate most this year are the books we’ve read, the DVDs we’ve watched, and the direct impact—both observable and invisible—our broadened horse knowledge then has on our horse’s health and happiness. We ride better, we communicate better, and we pay better attention to our horse’s body and brain because of the books we’ve read.

Here are the new Trafalgar Square Books and DVDs we think our horses are most thankful for—get 15% off these and the rest of our books and DVDs (plus FREE SHIPPING) during our Thanksgiving Sale! Enter coupon code THANKS15 at checkout.

Where Does My Horse Hurt by Dr. Renee Tucker

An easy-to-use, graphically clear method of finding the location of aches and pains in your horse’s body.

 

How Good Riders Get Good by Denny Emerson

Hands-down the best source of inspiration and guidance if you really want to succeed in the horse industry.

 

Beyond Horse Massage (Book and DVD) by Jim Masterson

An incredible new form of bodywork that releases tension in the horse so he can perform his best.

 

Rider & Horse Back to Back (Book and DVD) by Susanne von Dietze

A guide to “back-friendly” riding by the renowned physiotherapist and dressage rider who brought you the bestselling Balance in Movement.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Trafalgar Square Crew! Get 15% off, plus FREE SHIPPING at HorseandRiderBooks.com when you enter coupon code THANKS15 at checkout.

Offer valid 11-22-11 through 12-2-11. Cannot be combined with other offers.

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Trafalgar Square Books will be on-hand at this year’s Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts. We have a booth in the Better Living Center–come find us at stand #843-844–and we’ll be there all four days of the event. Not only will we have our bestselling books and DVDs available, we’ll also have our newest releases and hottest new items for sale at special show-only discounts.

Stop by and you’ll find books and DVDs to suit you, or your favorite horse-crazy person, whatever your favorite breed or equestrian discipline. We’ll have our new release RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK by Susanne von Dietze, as well as her two new DVD programs and the perennial bestseller BALANCE IN MOVEMENT. The United States Team Roping Championships endorsed our new book TEAM ROPING 101, which features all you need to know to get started in the sport, including tips from top team ropers Rickey Green and Speed Williams. Plus, you can find copies of our completely charming children’s book TEX, signed by the author and the perfect gift for your favorite little cowboy or cowgirl this holiday season. (Have you seen the video for TEX? If not, check it out HERE.)

We’ve got practical, how-to texts WHERE DOES MY HORSE HURT and BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, both spiral-bound and great for using at the barn. Not to mention THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, as you’ve no doubt seen featured in EQUUS, HORSE & RIDER, and COWGIRL MAGAZINE this fall. And if you’re looking for the show-stopping gift-book for the horseman-at-heart, Dominique Barbier’s MEDITATION FOR TWO is sure to provide both reading pleasure and riding inspiration.

In addition, the TSB booth will host book signings with top riders and EA presenters, offering you the chance to meet your riding mentor or idol!

We’ll have Anne Kursinski, EA presenter and author of ANNE KURSINSKI’S RIDING AND JUMPING CLINIC, on Thursday, November 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Denny Emerson, eventer and author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD on Saturday, November 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Jim Wofford, EA presenter and author of CROSS-COUNTRY WITH JIM WOFFORD on Saturday, November 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and Sunday, November 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Don’t miss our sale bins and special discounts for Equine Affaire…it will all be waiting for you at the TSB booth in the Better Living Center at EA in Massachusetts. See you there!

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Susanne von Dietze, author of the new book RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK, balances a busy teaching and riding schedule with raising three children.

This month, Trafalgar Square Books caught up with Susanne von Dietze, author of the bestselling BALANCE IN MOVEMENT and the new book RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK, and asked her what it was like juggling horses and family, among other things!

TSB: You manage to have an active teaching schedule while competing a Grand Prix dressage horse and raising three children. I’m certain many riding mothers with competitive ambitions wonder where you find the time to do it all, and if you have any advice for making a riding career work while raising a family?

SvD: I ask myself the same question sometimes! Well, one big part of my career is my husband, who always backs me up and is a wonderful father—living on a Kibbuz helps, as all the facilities for the kids (school, tennis, swimming pool, basketball courts…) are within walking distance. And, when I was pregnant with my third son, I turned my horse into a schoolmaster for a good friend. My mare taught her dressage, from elementary level all the way up to becoming National Champion in Israel at Intermediaire Level, while I rode as much as my time allowed in the training.

TSB: What are your personal riding goals for 2011 and beyond?

Susanne has made a name for herself by integrating her experience as a physiotherapist (specializing in the back) with riding.

SvD: My personal riding goal is that when I get off a horse, the horse is glad that I rode him! This season I will compete on a Dutch stallion that is a champion show jumper in Israel, and the owner now wants to see how far he can get in dressage, there are some nice young horses that I am helping along…And with the children growing up, I hope that one day I will find the time to bring a horse for myself over from Germany again!

TSB: If you were trapped on a desert island with a horse and a book, what breed of horse would it be and which book would you choose?

SvD: I would probably choose a Thoroughbred, even though some coldblooded Shire horse or the like would make more sense to work the “fields” (on the island)…And I have too many good books to choose.

TSB: What’s in your refrigerator at all times?

SvD: Ice cream!

TSB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

SvD: I am living pretty close to it!

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on a horse.

SvD: I can´t! I learned riding before walking. We didn’t own a car, but a horse, and my place was always in front of my dad. I remember I had a little pillow that was pulled through the pommel strap to make it more comfortable, and it always came along. And Dad once told me: “Remember—on the horse you are a meter closer to heaven!”

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember falling off a horse.

SvD: It was my first attempt to jump an upright cavalletti, and I did not fall at the jump, but when I proudly turned around after the jump to look and see what it was I could now do! I fell off in the corner after the jump, when the horse turned while I went straight on! I learned not to look back at jumps in that lesson!

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a friend?

SvD: Trust and reliability.

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a horse?

SvD: Enjoying learning together with me and forgiving my mistakes!

TSB: If you could do one thing on horseback that you haven’t yet done, what would it be?

SvD: Morning training on a racecourse.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

SvD: Not having to cook it!

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

SvD: We did a family bicycle tour through Poland this spring, and that came pretty close to it!

TSB: If you could have a conversation with one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

SvD: My mother. She always could put me back on my feet, and knew just what to ask. She died this May and is missed dearly.

TSB: What is your motto?

SvD: LLL (Live, Love, and Laugh)

Susanne’s books BALANCE IN MOVEMENT and RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK, as well as her DVDs by the same name, are available at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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