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Born in France in 1950, Dominique Barbier began his equine career at a Jesuit school in Poitiers, and at the age of 15 attended Crabbett Park Equestrian Centre in West Sussex, England where he certified as a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI). In 1972, Dominique returned to England to attend the renowned Talland School of Equitation in Cirencester under the instruction of Mrs. Molly Siveright, FBHS, DBHS. For the next eight years, he sharpened his riding skills at a number of highly regarded facilities throughout Europe, following various disciplines, including showjumping, three-day eventing, dressage and steeplechasing. Dominique then based himself in Portugal for two years studying with the legendary Mestre Nuno Oliveira. Through his internship with Oliveira, Dominique’s riding skills were enhanced by perfecting his “mental and physical attitude.” This experience was a defining moment that inspired Dominique’s belief in keeping a horse “light and happy,” known as “la belle légèreté a la Française.”

In Portugal, Dominique purchased Dom Pasquale, Dom Giovanni and Dom Jose – the three Lusitano stallions he first trained to “high school” levels. Remarkably, Dom Giovanni also learned to canter on the spot and backwards!

Since emigrating to the United States, Dominique's teaching and passion for the "Art of Dressage” has reached many thousands of people throughout the country, as well as North Africa, Europe, Asia and Brazil. His avant-garde philosophy, focusing on the importance of mental communication and the understanding of the horse's nature has been practised now for over 40 years.

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Meditation for Two Meditation for Two Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas.
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This beautiful tribute offers suggestions for establishing a bond with horses that transcends "animal" and "master". Along with gorgeous photographs and uplifting poetry, Dominique Barbier’s extraordinary ability to communicate with and improve the lives of horses and riders is revealed through a training philosophy steeped in gentleness and compassion........(click on image for full details)

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The Alchemy of Lightness The Alchemy of Lightness Dominique Barbier
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What Happens Between Horse and Rider on a Molecular Level And How It Helps Achieve the Ultimate Connection Dominique Barbier & Dr. Maria Katsamanis Within these pages lies an ambitious study of the interplay of mechanisms put in motion when man and horse meet, communicate, and ultimately become one. Dominique Barbier and Dr. Maria Katsamanis examine how “lightness” is generated, using the simple and elegant basics of the universe—atoms and molecules—which exist all around us. Scientific findings and theoretical underpinnings allow us to better understand how lightness with a horse occurs—and how to harness it........(click on image for full details)

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