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Xenophon Press

Alexis-Francois L'Hotte: The Quest for Lightness in Equitation Hardcover – contains full translation of L’Hotte’s “Questions Equestre”

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Gently used copy - may have bumped corners

This well-researched book offers a look at the life of the great French rider, Alexis-Francois L'Hotte and includes Hilda Nelson's complete translation of his much-quoted Questions Equestres here entitled Equestrian Questions.

As commandant of the cavalry school Alexis-Francois L'Hotte (1825-1904) was obliged to use the methods of the Comte d'Aure, but with his own horses practiced the teachings of Baucher. He became one of France's greatest riders. Illustrated with color and black and white images.

Hilda Nelson was Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Civilization at San Diego State Univeristy in Southern California. She authored of books and articles on romanticism, dada, and surrealism, and translated Antoine de Pluvinel's classic on horsemanship, "The Maneige Royal,"  Xenophon Press and also authored "Francois Baucher: The Man and his Method", Xenophon Press.

isbn  9780851317052

Alexis-Francois L'Hotte (1825-1904) was a French general. He attended Saint-Cyr as a young cadet. Since at the time Saint-Cyr had no cavalry school, L'Hotte was sent to the Ecole de Cavalerie at Saumur to pursue his equestrian talent. It was around this period that he became the pupil of both Francois Baucher and comte d'Aure. He returned to Saint-Cyr as commandant of the reopened cavalry section. In 1864 he became ecuyer en chef of the Ecole de Cavalerie. In 1875, he returned to Saumur as commandant of the Ecole de Cavalerie. He was considered by all to be the most outstanding ecuyer of the period. His two works: Un Officier de cavalerie - Souvenirs (1905) and Questions Equestres (1906) appeared posthumously. It was on his personal horses that L'Hotte practiced the teachings of Baucher. But as ecuyer en chef and commandant at Saumur, he was obliged to follow the teachings and rules of a military establishment. In this respect, he was more in the d'Auriste idiom, practicing primarily exterior and military equitation. For not supporting more openly the teachings of Baucher when he was ecuyer en chef and commandant at Saumur, he was, and still is criticized.


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