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Synopsis: The Lost Quixotes: The Art Of Collecting The Riding Horse

Over two years in the making, this film explores the concept of collection, the old masters who created it, and the current science that continues to shape it. It has been created to help riders across all disciplines connect the works of the old masters on collection to state-of-the-art bio-mechanical research. The cameras take you inside the McPhail Center, the renowned bio-mechanical laboratory for sport horses at Michigan State University, to look at an experiment that, for the first time in history, measured the forces of the levade.

A beautifully shot section along the Atlantic coast, at Assategue Island National Park contains an enthralling piece from one of the leading authorities on wild horses and horse behavior and its ramifications for the domestic horse owner. “I didn’t want to make another how-to video,” says Belasik. “It is my hope that this visually unique DVD may shed some light on the increasingly tense schism between competition and classical dressage.” Featured are demonstrations of the daily exercises that are the common ground of both, in an engaging film that should have appeal far beyond specialist riders.

Paul Belasik is a highly respected international rider, trainer, writer and teacher, and an avowed proponent of classical equestrian ideals. A graduate of Cornell University, Belasik has ridden and trained at every level in dressage, from young horses to beyond Grand Prix, and has successfully competed at the highest levels in international competition. He is probably best known for his popular books Dressage for the 21st Century and his trilogy, Riding Towards the Light, Exploring Dressage Technique and The Songs of Horses.


Horse training





Run Time

46 minutes

Directed by

Paul Belaski

Director's Bio

Classical dressage training, lessons and sales by internationally renowned horseman and author Paul Belasik and USDF Gold medalist, trainer and author Rose Caslar Belasik. Clinics and lessons offered, as well as the well-known short course program. www.paulbelasik.com.
Paul Belasik is a highly respected international rider, trainer, writer and teacher. An avowed proponent of classical equestrian ideals, he has published eight books on dressage and riding including the perennial favorite Riding Towards the Light, and most recently, Dressage for No Country.
A graduate of Cornell University, Belasik has ridden and trained at every level in dressage, from young horses to beyond Grand Prix into airs above the ground. He has successfully competed at the highest levels in competition. He also has extensive experience training and competing through the upper levels of eventing, which encompassed the early part of his career before he turned solely to his first and true love of classical dressage. Belasik has sought wisdom from great riding masters such as Dr. HLM van Schaik and Nuno Oliveira, and his wide-ranging studies include the concepts of Zen Buddhism and martial arts. Paul has also been a lifelong breeder of horses, first with Trakehners and then Andalusians. Paul’s Andalusian stallion Excelso sucessfully competed in international Grand Prix competition and sired a number of upper level horses, including offspring which have competed through Grand Prix.

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2015

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