New Book: 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider

101 Western Dressage BookFor Immediate Release: As the hottest new equine discipline continues to grow worldwide at dizzying rates, author and trainer Jec Aristotle Ballou has released the first comprehensive training resource for Western Dressage. Ballou’s newest book, 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider (Storey Publishing, July 2014) follows the same format and effective layout as her two previous international top sellers (101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider in 2005 and Equine Fitness in 2009).

As an advisor to the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA), Jec A. Ballou is a leading educator for the new sport and a popular clinician around the U.S. She has served on the test writing and rules committees for the WDAA in addition to writing a training blog for the national web site. In advance of its launch, 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider already received rave reviews from such equestrian luminaries as Al Dunning, Julie Goodnight, Canadian Horse Journal, and Horse Illustrated magazine.

Whether riders are interested in developing their horse for pleasure riding or for competition, 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider will give them the tools to take their horses to the next level. Each exercise is presented with a full arena diagram and step-by-step instructions with helpful tips. The exercises are organized in chapters by individual training emphasis – softness, looseness, rider development, engagement, adjustability, and ground work – and address all levels of riders. This book joins Storey’s other titles in the successful Read & Ride series that are designed with comb binding to lie flat open or hang from an arena fence.

In the foreword, noted horseman Al Dunning says “Sometimes you need to be prodded to see your horse and your riding with fresh eyes, to learn something new and think about things a different way. This book is a terrific tool for helping you do that. There’s plenty in here to benefit horses and riders at every level and from every discipline.”

Author, clinician, and television host Julie Goodnight says “An excellent resource! The exercises range from fundamental to challenging, and the concepts stay true to the tenets of classical horsemanship and the tradition of the Western horse.”

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Jec Aristotle Ballou is the author of 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider and Equine Fitness. With her equine fitness expertise, she has been a speaker at Equine Affaire, Horse Expo Pomona, Western States Horse Expo, and Rocky Mountain Horse expo. Her previous two books have been translated in to five foreign languages and developed as smartphone apps. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Her co-author on this latest project is Stephanie Boyles, founder of the equestrian website Unbridled Rider. Boyles has developed and produced mobile applications for 101 Dressage, 101 Jumping, and 101 Schooling. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


For Immediate release: July 16, 2014
Contact: Jec A. Ballou

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