By Eric Smiley with Ellie Hughes
Every horse person strives to grow in ability and understanding over time—whether in the saddle, on the ground, or in the stable; whether in ways that are small or those that are significant. This effort, when done right, lasts a lifetime, and along the way requires the addition of knowledge and experience gleaned from many others. Where does one find leadership in the equine industry? Does riding require an instructor?
With this book, renowned clinician and international team coach Eric Smiley intends to fill the gap when it comes to these questions and others, providing a reliable resource and educational companion book for all equestrians. Smiley addresses fundamental topics pertinent to riders, with philosophical discussions and practical exercises applicable to all levels. His aim is to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse.
Eric Smiley is a former international event rider. He represented Ireland at European, world, and the Olympic level, winning team bronze medals on two occasions. Smiley, a Fellow of the British Horse Society, coached the Belgian Eventing Team during the 2011 European Eventing Championships and 2012 London Olympics. He is a FEI judge who regularly acts as a ground jury member.
Published by Trafalgar Square Books. Can be ordered at www.horseandriderbooks.com or purchased from other booksellers.