I Encourage All to Read This Book

It was my great pleasure to receive as a late Christmas gift the very book published by Xenophon of my fellow Oliveira student Miquel Abrantes known as Miguel Tavora to his Australian students (his publishing name is Major Miguel de Lancastre e Tavora). The book is Dressage Principles and Techniques: A blueprint for the serious […]

Reprinted from the Danbury “News-Times”

Equestrian Earns Distinction – Washington woman 2nd American to receive honorary title Washington — Bettina Drummond remembers watching renowned equestrian Nuno Oliveira on horseback, suspended in the air with the sunlight streaming on his face. “It was like seeing a great dancer,” said Drummond, 55, and a noted equestrian herself.  She now teaches others in […]

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 […]

Reprinted from “Dressage Today”

Memories of Joao, My First Dressage Teacher By Bettina Drummond My earliest memory of Joao Oliveira was during a visit in 1970 to his father’s old school, Quinta do Chafariz. My mother, Phyllis Field, had cliniced with Oliveira, and she arranged for my sister, Fiona, and me to join her there during our spring break. […]

Reprinted from “Horseplay”

Young Bettina Drummond is Passing On the Training Techniques of the Great Master — In the Style of Nuno There are three people in the world authorized by Nuno Oliveira to teach his techniques: there are two in Portugal, Oliveira’s son Juao, and Guilherme Borba. In America, there is Bettina Drummond, a slim 23-year-old who […]

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. […]