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- DescriptionAlexis-Francois L'Hotte (1825-1904) was a French general. He attended Saint-Cyr as a young cadet. Since at the time Saint-Cyr had cavalry school, L'Hotte was sent to Ecole de Cavalerie at Saumur to pursue his equestrian talent. It was around this period that he became the pupil of both Francois Baucher and comte d'Aure. He returned to Saint-Cyr as commandant of the reopened cavalry section. In 1864 he became ecuyer en chef of the Ecole de Cavalerie. In 1875 he returned to Saumur as commandant of the Ecole de Cavalerie. He was considered by all to be the most outstanding ecuyer of the period. His two works Un Officer de cavalerie- Souvenirs (1905) and Questions equestres (1906) appeared posthumously. It was on his personal horses that L'Hotte practiced the teachings of Baucher. But as ecuyer en chef and commandant at Saumur, he was obliged to follow the teachings and rules of a military establishment. In this respect he was more in the d'Auriste idiom, practicing primarily exterior and military equitation. For t supporting more openly the teachings of Baucher when he was ecuyer en chef and commandant at Saumur he was, and still is, criticized.
- Author BiographyHilda Nelson is Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Civilization at San Diego State University in Southern California. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of books and articles on romanticism, dada, and surrealism and translated Antoine de Pluvinel's classic on horsemanship, Le maneige Royal, and also authored Francois Baucher, The Man and His Method, both for J.A.Allen. In 1983-4 she spent part of her sabbatical at St Anthony's College, Oxford and spent many of her days at the Bodleian Library. She continues to visit England and France once or twice a year to pursue her studies. She makes ample use of the libraries of the Ecole Nationale d'Equitation, the Ecole de Cavalerie and the Musee de Saumur. The author takes dressage lessons both in England and the United States, and lives with her husband, horses, dogs and cats at Mount Laguna, California, in the midst of the Cleveland National Forest.
- Author(s)Hilda Nelson
- PublisherThe Crowood Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/09/1999
- SubjectBiography: Sport
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintJ.A.Allen & Co Ltd
- Content Noteb&w halftones, line drawings
- Weight1300 g
- Width190 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine23 mm
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