My Horses Have Something to Say by David De Wispelaere
American Grand Prix rider, David De Wispelaere talks about his life, about the very special horses, and at the same time, holds up a mirror to today's competitive dressage sport. A startling book, which describes a path to listening, and harmonious coexistence with the horse.
David personally tells about his eventful life and about the many special horses that have accompanied and whispered to him. His most interesting conversation partner was his horse Figaro, whom he lost far too soon and to whom this book is dedicated. The essence of his conversation with horses is that they always want to give their best, that false ambition on the part of the rider destroys them, and they want to be trained calmly and with understanding.
Born in 1961 in New York, David De Wispelaere is an international dressage rider, trainer, and author, who worked for many years from his farm in Belgium and is currently based in Wellington, Florida. He has trained several horses to Grand Prix, was a two-time US Freestyle Champion and competed successfully throughout the USA and Europe. He has trained with a number of well-known and distinguished trainers, among them Gabriella Grillo, Dr. Reiner Klimke, Herbert Rehbein, and Arthur Kottas. De Wispelaere currently gives clinics in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and the USA. In his first book, Riding with Feeling (not yet available in English), De Wispelaere gives insightful instruction for dressage work.