Dressage Solutions: A Rider's Guide

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Dressage Solutions

A Rider's Guide

By Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg with Andrew Fitzpatrick

  • Hardback
  • 246mm x 189mm
  • 208 pages
  • Publication date: April 2014
  • Colour photographs
  • Publisher: Kenilworth Press (an imprint of Quiller Publishing Ltd)

Following on from the highly acclaimed Kottas on Dressage, this new book by one of the foremost exponents of Classical dressage offers advice on the correct way to introduce work on the paces, exercises and movements, together with in-depth analysis of common problems and ways to correct them.

The author makes the point that many errors are rooted in faulty posture or aiding on the rider’s part, and emphasises throughout the importance of focusing on these issues at all stages of training. Constant emphasis is also placed on the need to be mindful of the horse’s mental and physical ability to cope with what is being asked of him – there are reminders throughout that, often, the best way to achieve progress is to take a step back and ensure that the building blocks are in place that will facilitate the next step forward.

The need to consider various aspects of conformation is also stressed – not all horses are perfect specimens, and the overall training of any horse will be enhanced if due consideration is given to individual characteristics. Dressage Solutions takes the reader through many stages of training, from ensuring that the basic paces are correct, through introducing the lateral exercises, developing the canter, rein-back, piaffe and passage, to a final chapter that explains some of the long-established movements of the High School.

This is a journey that will provide much food for thought, and a great deal of invaluable advice, for all riders who have progress and their horse’s well-being at heart.


Arthur Kottas was accepted as an Eleve (trainee) in the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in 1960. He rose rapidly under the tutelage of Colonel Alois Podhajsky to become the youngest ever First Chief Rider in the history of the School. He became an Assistant Rider in 1964, a Rider in 1969, Chief Rider in 1981 and in 1983 Riding Master. From 1995 until retiring from the School in 2002 he was First Chief Rider. Kottas is a rider and trainer of the highest international repute and has successfully trained many horses and riders up to Olympic standard. His previous Quiller title was Kottas on Dressage (978-1-905693-05-4).

Andrew Fitzpatrick has ridden and trained for over 30 years worldwide. He was both a BSJA course builder and joint organiser of horse trials. He became involved with Training the Teachers of Tomorrow Trust (TTT) in 1988 and through the Trust began training with Arthur Kottas. Since then he has worked with Arthur Kottas regularly including on the text of Kottas on Dressage.

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