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"West" Wins Prestigious Swedish Design Award 2012

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 25, 2012 08:54


The prestigious Swedish Design Award 2012 goes to WEST, the new Swedish book about the American West. WEST is the work of Lars Strandberg (photo), Lars Åberg (text) and Ronnie Nilsson (design). The winner in the award’s book category was announced October 18 at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm.

US critics call the book ”gorgeous”, ”stunning”, ”extraordinary”, ”marvelous”, ”lovely, lyrical in that cowboy way, unsentimental, and true”, ”uniquely perceptive and querying” and ”a definite ‘must have’ book”.

”A particularly incisive and beautiful coffee-table book”, Cowboys & Indians magazine writes in its October issue. ”WEST delves beneath the surface with a poetic investigative zeal. It’s a wide-open European perspective on the wide-open American spaces.”

This is a success story worth noticing. Two Swedes, writer Lars Åberg and photographer Lars Strandberg, travel extensively in the American West and with designer friend Ronnie Nilsson they produce a book with their impressions. US publisher Gibbs Smith immediately releases it, in English, without any prior publication in Sweden or in the Swedish language. And this European take on one of the most American of topics seems to make the reviewers all excited:
www.larsaberg.se/eng/Review.php?recordID=30

If you have questions about WEST, please contact me (the writer).


Lars Åberg
Långgårdsgatan 1
211 21 Malmö
Sweden

phone +46 705 24 45 45
email info@larsaberg.se
www.larsaberg.se

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"West" - as reviewed by HorseOwnerToday.com

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 23, 2012 12:40

 

 

West is a fascinating book, a riveting book.


It is rare that a book can appeal to the reader on so many levels. Aberg and Strandberg have accomplished combining folklore and documentary within the format of the coffee table book.
West is crafted in such a manner that you participate in a journey through the American West.   Lars Strandberg has created a collection of photographs that are stunning and heart wrenching, a very clear vision of the American West today.  Lars Aberg writes of their experiences throughout the journey, a European perspective of the American West including cowboy poets, country doctors, cattle drives, and surprisingly the economic impact of modern culture on the American West. Lars Aberg, Lars Strandberg, Ronnie Nilsson are an outstanding team.


The cover of West begs to be touched!   The texturing and stamping contrasted with slick binding, patriotic red and blue dividing ribbons and nostalgic photography makes it difficult to resist picking up. 


“Lars Strandberg works internationally with both feature and commercial photography. Lars Åberg is a journalist and author, writing for several of the major Swedish newspapers and magazines. Ronnie Nilsson is an acclaimed art director and designer, known for award-winning books.” http://www.gibbs-smith.com
West is a definite “must have” book. 

By author: Lars Aberg   By photographer: Lars Strandberg   Designed by: Ronnie Nilsson
Product Code: 23502
ISBN: 978-1-4236-2350-2
Size: 8 11/16" X 12 3/8" X 1.25"
Hardcover
Price:  $45.00
For addition information and ordering http://www.gibbs-smith.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3293

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Horse as Teacher: The Path to Authenticity - Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 13, 2012 12:25

Horse as Teacher:

The Path to Authenticity

Editor, Marilyn Schwader

Clarity of Vision, 2009

Soft Cover, $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-9824494-0-0

Available at www.horseasteacher.com

 

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

 

It has been my privilege to collaborate with the talented and dedicated authors who wrote their stories here. They have reminded me of the healing gifts and gentle mirroring a horse provides when you are willing to let the lessons in and open up to following your heart.  ~ Marilyn Schwader

 

Most riders are aware that they can benefit from interactions with their horses. Not all of them know how powerful those lessons can be or how far a higher level of connection and consciousness with a horse can actually take them. Horses as Teacher is a fascinating story collection, the first in a planned series, to present ten authors who thoroughly explore this topic using their personal experiences.

 

Learning from and healing with horses is still a relatively new field, in which horses are used to assist in human emotional growth. Horses are large herd animals that have the ability to honestly mirror what their handler’s body language is telling them. Horses provide an ideal opportunity for humans to shift deeply from within.

 

Horse as Teacher distinguishes itself from other books in the field, not only because the stories are exceptionally well-written, but because readers are treated to each author’s heartfelt discussion of her own beginning path toward a gentler horse consciousness. This often involves encounters with very difficult horses, and experiences of fear, depression, anger, and other challenging life circumstances.

 

These authors come from varied professional backgrounds – Stormy May, Founder of Stormy May Productions, Melisa Pearce, CEO of Touched by a Horse, and Kathy Pike, Founder of the Mind Body Method, to name only a few. They all have one thing in common – they learned to listen and see in new ways what the horse, with exquisite sensitivity, was offering to teach them.

 

This book will educate and inspire anyone who is looking for a fresh approach to greater partnership with horses. Readers are sure to learn something new about themselves along the way.

 

The Horse as Teacher Book Series is dedicated to providing thought-provoking books for individuals who love horses and want to experience the special relationship possible between species. For more information on the authors and the series, or to become one of the authors, visit www.horseasteacher.com.

Ride from the Heart DVD - The Art of Communication By Jenny Rolfe

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 28, 2012 07:10

 

 

 

Ride from the Heart DVD

The Art of Communication

By Jenny Rolfe

Cracking Media

50 minutes - $37.00

To purchase on-line, go to: http://www.spanishdressagehorses.com

Also available on Amazon

 

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton http://www.dreamsaloud.ca

Training is about connection with our horse with love, harmony and respect. The more we understand the ways of the horse, the more we understand our own feelings. As a result we can live in more harmony - not only with our horse - but with ourselves. ~ Jenny Rolfe

 

U.K. riding instructor Jenny Rolfe teaches innovative techniques of core breathing to connect with the horse and help the rider to find harmony in body, mind and spirit. Now these techniques are available in progressive and well-organized detail on the DVD Ride from the Heart.

 

Rolfe’s principles are based in dressage, but applicable to all forms of riding.  She demonstrates with her Iberian stallions using liberty work, not only as a training aid, but also as a warm-up, re-establishing connection on the ground prior to riding. The object is calm, assertive leadership, and total empathy between horse and handler.

 

The DVD includes common training tips such as not pulling on a horse’s head when leading. There are also excellent demonstrations of Rolfe’s exercise system to improve the rider’s body awareness. Exercises, loosely based on Tai Chi, are done in standing positions. The rider is then soft and relaxed when mounted, and thus the horse is as well. Most athletes already use such techniques prior to competition, but not much has been offered on DVD for the equestrian.

 

Instructors will value this DVD as a teaching tool for all levels, but it additionally offers fresh perspectives on position and groundwork. It is really for anyone who wants to help their horse become a more confident athlete and simply create a better ride.

 

Jenny Rolfe’s clients come from all over the world and include those professionally involved with horses, among them BHS trainers, physiotherapists and natural horsemanship instructors. She is also an artist and author of the book Ride from the Heart and her upcoming 2012 release Breathe Life Into Your Riding.

"Gumption and Grit" Edited by Sage Birchwater, Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 10, 2012 17:46

Gumption and Grit:
Women of the Cariboo Chilcotin
Edited by Sage Birchwater
Caitlin Press, 2009
Soft Cover, $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-894759-37-3
Available at bookstores and on Amazon
 
Reviewed by Carol M. Upton – www.dreamsaloud.ca

They just do what they have to do, with love and humor, be it making a home in the wilderness, writing books, breaking horses, trying to make the world a better place, raising families, raising spectacular gardens, putting their lives back together after some disaster, sometimes all of the above.
 ~ Diana French, Foreword to Gumption and Grit

The women of British Columbia’s Cariboo region were and are strong souls, experienced with hardship and adversity. Gumption and Grit is the first book in a new series that will showcase the lives and history of these women. This collection of 35 stories, some beginning in the early 1900’s, will resonate with ranch folks and history lovers everywhere.

Often living miles deep in unpredictable wilderness, Cariboo women had to summon their courage to overcome the day-to-day hardships. Jessie Moon had her foot stepped on by a horse while in late pregnancy, triggering premature labor, leaving her crippled and needing help to care for the new baby. Josephine Gregg recalls how her family coped with the toughest times by living entirely from the land – hunting, trapping, fishing, canning and preserving. Maddie Jack was 12 years old when she traveled with relatives through icy wilderness by horse-drawn sleigh to celebrate Christmas Mass with the one priest at Burns Lake. Chiwid was a reclusive first nations woman who lived outside, shunning the company of others and surviving the extremes of the frigid Chilcotin winters, for 50 years.

The women all had to fulfill multiple roles – from mother to trapper to rancher to homesteader, volunteer and business owner. Gumption and Grit is a fascinating tribute to their triumphs and survivorship.

Royalties from book sales will go to the Williams Lake Women’s Contact Society whose members originally started collecting stories back in 2002.

Sage Birchwater is the author of several historical books. He was a staff writer for the Williams Lake Tribune until his recent retirement. He still lives in Williams Lake and he has seven grandkids, a dog and a cat.

Nawaab: Stallion of Ahmedabad

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 23, 2012 12:45

 

 

 

 


Nawaab: Stallion of Ahmedabad

By Gina McKnight
Photography By Uzair Kasbati, Manthan Mehta, Nrupal Mehta


The commotion in the backyard at 5 o’clock am can be heard along the streets of Ahmedabad.  Nawaab, handsome five-year old black stallion of Anish Gajjar, is awake and ready for breakfast!  An anxious whinny resounds as the local farmer tosses pulas of green alfalfa over the wall into Nawaab’s stable; the syce arrives to place the forage into the appropriate feeder, along with Nawaab’s daily portion of Bajra (grain).
Nawaab is comfortable amongst the sounds and hustle of city life.  His stable is ideal; a large space for meandering throughout the day, a fragrant frangipani tree and a pink-flowering bougainvillea vine for daily shade.  At 15.2 hands, Nawaab towers the neighborhood children who are sometimes startled by his appearance as he gazes with probing stallion eyes over his stable wall.
Sired by Suraj and dam Lakshmi of the famous Manaklao Stables located forty kilometers from Jodhpur, Nawaab mirrors his ancestral lineage with his cognitive skills and signature physique.  He is the horse of legend.  A gazing star on his forehead symbolizes good fortune, giving him a distinctive appearance, making him desirable amongst Marwari breeders.
Wielding a confident and graceful countenance, he is brave and loyal, embracing all the characteristics of the classic Marwari; the mount of kings and warriors, the result of centuries of natural selection, environment and geographic.  “His disposition could be described as content, curious and an explorer. He's got one of the best temperaments; a little assertive, as a stallion should be, and always very friendly,” says Gajjar. 
Dedication and compassion makes a true horseman, which is evident in Gajjar’s articulate training and intuitive approach. Training is in process and the bond between horse and rider has been well established. According to Gajjar, “Nawaab has been bred by a very reputed breeder, Dr. Narayansingh Manaklao, but was never trained for riding. After bringing him home, I’ve done three sessions with him and he doesn't rear anymore or show any impatient signs. I really have my hopes set on this one. Looks like he'll turn out great!”
Gajjar plans to school Nawaab in dressage, an equine ballet in which the horse’s eloquent moves are orchestrated through an unseen channel of communication between horse and rider. Rooted in military training traditions, dressage will allow Nawaab to demonstrate his nimble and adaptable qualities. Nawaab’s genetically engineered structure for intricate maneuvers, such as dressage, ensures his success as a champion.
Gajjar affectionately strokes Nawaab’s neck and tickles his ears. His great admiration for Nawaab is evident.  Nawaab responds with equal affection and trust.  Gaining Nawaab’s respect with strong but moderate authority establishes Gajjar’s natural leadership role. It is a magical image of connected friendship between horse and rider that has been envied throughout time.
Nawaab and Gajjar can be seen on their trek from the stable, through the city streets of Ahmedabad, to the adjacent green fields for their brisk morning ride.   It is a pleasant ride, the result of expert care and training.  “The gaits are soft and he's quite sure-footed. I've brought him into a well collected ride. The trot and canter are both quite soft and comfortable,” says Gajjar.  When asked about Nawaab’s beauty, agility and expert performance, Gajjar states, “I don't have any magic in me; it’s just passion and hard work. Every day is a learning experience!”
Within the annals of Indian Mythology, the fascinating Marwari hold a prominent position. There is no denying that the Marwari image emits a powerful influence on equestrians around the world. The indigenous Marwari is one of India’s most precious resources; progressive, resilient and unique.  Currently, due to low census, Marwari are confined to India (with very few in the U.S.A., France and Spain, which were transported there before the ban); however, as their numbers increase, the export ban may be lifted.
As an equestrian and avid horse lover, I hope to find a Marwari in my stable one day.  Their versatility and etiquette would be a welcome addition to my valley. I am positive one of Nawaab’s offspring would be right at home in my peaceful Appalachia countryside.
 
Anish Gajjar is co-founder of the Equestrian Club of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, India
  
Gina McKnight is an author and freelance writer from USA

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