What is Classical Riding?


The Classical Riding Club was founded by renowed riding Sylvia Loch in 1995 in response to a growing demand from readers of her various books and articles.  People saw many of the riding traditions they had been brought up with - respect for the horse’s mouth - light hands - a quiet seat -  taking time - schooling for joy and self-improvement not just to compete - taking time with young horses - disappearing before their eyes. They also saw that the people who taught that way were dying out.

Inspired by the masters and established classical schools on the continent, the idea was to form a club that which was relevant to everyone and all disciplines - from hacking to Haute Ecole - in order to promote a better way forward for all horses.  The Classical Riding Club stands as a voice for the horse, and inform people to reject abusive practices.

The top dressage trainers of the world who contribute to the Classical Riding Club all share one thing in common: they have studied equitation from its base to its zenith.  No short cuts, no new age glitz, no gadgets.  They are people of depth and education, whose approach is based on solid, classical principles and long, long years of practical riding and teaching.  They have signed up to our Charter and they want to help YOU!
The Wessex Classical Riding Group was conceived as one of the regional training groups of the Classical Riding Club.  Membership of the Classical Riding Club is not insisted upon, but is certainly encouraged.  Click on http://www.classicalriding.co.uk/ for more details.

Extracts from Sylvia Loch's book Dressage in Lightness:

"It is important in the first place to ensure that the most simple request is applied with the correct feel to the correct part of the horse's anatomy.  Only then can we invoke and expect a correct response."

"Building on these natural responses is done with quiet practice and repetition and continual praise, so that what feels right is reinforced with words and actions which reassure that it is right.  In this way we construct a language."

"When, eventually, the horse arrives at a point where he not only hears the message but is listening out for our whisper, we can truly say he is in tune and on the aids."