Reprinted from “STREB”

2012 Action Maverick Award Recipient — Bettina Drummond

While much of the world seems in conflict over the question of whether dressage is art or sport, classical trainer and rider Bettina Drummond faces no such conflict. For her, riding has always been art. Any work of art, Drummond said, should not only move people, but also serve as a catalyst that inspires more art.

Reprinted from “Eclectic Horseman”

The Rider as Artist – Bettina Drummond Profile

Born with a love of art and horses.

Born in London, Drummond, 45, is a member of the Marshall Field family on her mother’s side and of ancient Scottish royal blood on the side of her father, Bend’or Drummond. She was raised mostly in Europe, particularly in Paris, but spent much time in America as her mother wanted to ensure she had American citizenship.

Reprinted from the “New England Dressage Association”

Spring Symposium with Bettina Drummond

Bettina Drummond was a budding pianist at the age of seven when her mother, the late Phyllis Field, pulled her from her studies in Paris and sent her off to Portugal to study with the great riding master Nuno Oliveira. For the next 20 years, Bettina was immersed in the classical system of riding, most particularly the French system.

Reprinted from “Dressage Daily”

Quemacho HI Continues to Show the Beauty in Life Despite Cancer

Ingred Lin’s Lusitano stallion Quemacho HI helped his owner find pleasure in life during the years she battled cancer. And now, four year’s after Lin’s death, Quemacho is again showing the beauty in life with another partner who has experienced cancer.

Quemacho, along with Lin’s other Lusitano stallion, Queba, both now 18 and owned by Lin’s son Adam Pollak of White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florda, have been under the care and training of rider Bettina Drummond for the past two years.

Reprinted from “Andalusian”

The Origins of Equestrian Warfare and of Its Influence on the Development of the Iberian Horse

It was during one of the many erudite and delightful exchanges that Dr. Gahwyler and I have shared this year, that the topic of the relevancy of past history cropped up. Does a text written on the proper method of training one’s chariot horse have any bearing on the modern day use of the aids?

Reprinted from “Dressage Today”

Baucher… Still Controversial Today

This passionate 19th-century riding master’s departure from venerable dressage methods led to praise and criticism that has been debated over the last 200 years.

From Xenophon to the present, dressage masters have attempted to explain how to correctly ride and train the horse, creating a strong thread that links one generation of dressage riders to the next.

Reprinted from “Dressage and CT”

Was Oliveira a Baucherist?

In 1978, or thereabout, Roger Louis Thomas, the then director of the French riding magazine L’information Hippique, asked me to write a bibliographic note on Reflexions sur l’Art Equestre (Reflections on the Equestrian Art), a book by Oliveira (his first book, if memory serves), which was being reprinted. Had it been about any other author, I probably would have proceeded as is customary with this type of task:

Reprinted from “Pura Raza Espanola”

Bettina Drummond – Preserving a Classical Art

As an adolescent, growing up on the backs of some of the most highly trained haute Ecole horses of Europe, Bettina Drummond had the unique and extraordinary experience of being exposed to the world-renowned classical dressage master Nuno Oliveira, perhaps the most revered classical horseman of our time.

Reprinted from “The Horse of Kings”

In the words of Bettina Drummond: a biographical journey through the world of classical riding…

“My first memory on a horse is at one and a half years old. I remember the musty smell of a wet pony, combined with the drip, drip off the Spanish moss and the feel of this enormous western saddle underneath me. I remember feeling like I was in a cradle.