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For many years Dominique has had the great pleasure to share his knowledge with many people of all levels in their horsemanship. A number of aspiring professionals and mature professionals have studied with him for decades and we are pleased to support their efforts and value our collaboration.

In response to a number of inquires about our co-author for The Alchemy of Lightness, Dr. Maria Katsamanis, Barbier Farms is offering this information for clarity: Dr. Katsamanis’ valued input for The Alchemy of Lightness was to gather and assemble the wealth of scientific evidence that is emerging to support the consciousness and teaching of the methods of Molecular Equitation©(2010). Dominique has developed this these concepts and offered them to his students for more than 40 years. We are exceedingly grateful to Dr. Katsamanis for her input.

Barbier Farms has no association with clinics or training that is offered by anyone that has not studied with Dominique for considerable time.  If you are interested in hosting a clinic to deepen your relationship with your horse and create a more brilliant, harmonious relationship with your equine partner, please contact us for available dates.

With gratitude and respect for all our students, for open hearts and minds, and especially for our teachers…our horses,

Dominique and Debra Barbier

 

We’ve just finished the best-ever Classical Series Symposium. Thank you to all our participants and guests, and of course our marvelous team! We hosted guests from as far away as New Zealand and China…and many folks from Canada and the midwest looking to escape the cold for a bit. Well, it wasn’t frigid, but it sure was rainy. No matter, we all had a great time learning, dining, visiting with old friends and making new ones! Here’s a gallery of images from the weekend. Soon we’ll post a bit of video as well. We’ll be announcing the date for the next Symposium within the week.

AND….just to make you really excited, we are going to have a trip to Golegã (the amazing centuries-old festival of the Lusitano in Portugal) this year! Tentative dates are November 1 through 14…..mark your calendar. Details and sign-up page coming within the week.

We wish you all, our readers, riders and friends, abundant health and happiness in this season of joy!  And for our equine partners, a year of health and well-being, and compassionate riding!

Amities, Dominique and Debra

 

 

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For a limited time, receive a free Barbier Farms Polo shirt with your order of $275 or more of books, dvd’s, products, or apparel. The registration for the Symposium is excluded from this offer. After you complete your order, email Debra (barbierfarm@aol.com) with your preferred color (black or white) and size! Happy Holidays!!!!

There is still plenty of time to sign up for the 8th Classical Series Symposium! There are great topics for lectures, demonstrations, training, and lots of fun and fabulous food. Hope to see you there….click the link above for the February 2014 Symposium. 

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A little quiet time after the Holiday gives me time to write the last post about my trip to Portugal in September.

The days were filled with visiting the breeding farms and trainers and filled, too, with good food. But I had a special afternoon at Senhor Manuel Veiga’s Quinta da Broa. They were putting the finishing touches on a spectacular new picadeiro. It is constructed in the old foundation out of native and local materials. It is absolutely stunning. Parabens Quinta da Broa!

But the extra special thing was getting to see an original copy of Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere’s Ecole de Cavalerie. I’ve seen framed prints from the book and have read the reprints, but it was amazing to hold the original and leaf through page after page of the marvelous etchings.

I also learned that my old friend and dear friend of my Mestre, Nuno Oliveira, Dom Diogo de Bragança, had compiled a library of hundreds of the best and most rare books on the equestrian art. I hope that someone will recognize the value of keeping that library intact. It is a treasure beyond measuring for lovers of true horsemanship and classical dressage.

Thoughts turn to the future now. We are looking forward to celebrating a Holiday filled with family, with friends, and our horses. We’ll be developing the lecture series for the Symposium in February (click the link above to register now and get a great rate at the Dry Creek Inn!). Wishing you and yours a holiday filled with an abundance of love and compassion.

Amities~ DDBarbier

 

OOPS! Thought this was posted from Brasil!!! Well, better late than never. Time travel with me back to late September and then October….

As I am a little late in getting another blog post up about the trip in Portugal, I will combine some news from Portugal and the Lusitano Expo in Sao Paulo, Brasil. First, Portugal:

I had an excellent day visiting with Senhors Carlos and Rodrigo Torres at Coudelaria Torres Vaz Freire in the Alentejo, near Alter de Chao. I went especially to see the mares as I had been told that it was a marvelous group of females, and that there were many Larapio grandbabies and great-grandbabies.  Raja, their Larapio son (MAC), has created a herd of tremendous quality in a very short time. It was super to see such strength, functionality and refinement all through the group of 15 or so babies. Congratulations to Senhor Torres!

And now we are in Brasil. We spent last weekend at the International Lusitano Expo in Sao Paulo at the Clube Hipica Santa Amaro. Seeing all the horses was great, but seeing all our friends was even better. The camaraderie amongst the breeders and their families is very special. It was exciting to see all the young riders performing so well (The Almeida family, the Oliva family, Gabrielle Fisher, and the Avila sons). These kids are all under 22 and riding PSG through Grand Prix at a CDI*** event. Congratulations!!!

And….check out our new t-shirts and Iphone covers from our dear friend Beatrice Bulteau. It’s always wonderful to catch up with Beatrice and see the beautiful things she is working on. This year was even more fun because these things can arrive for the Holidays!!! Click on the “new products” tab at the top of the page. They won’t last long…there are limited quantities.

We are so excited to let you know that there is an exclusive excerpt from The Alchemy of Lightness in the October issue of Dressage Today!  So go grab the magazine….and then order your book! They will be available, right here on the blog, beginning November 1!  You can pre-order yours by clicking the title tab on top of this page. Thank you!

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