This fabulously illustrated book covers training, conditioning, and competing in all three phases of events: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. In addition, Dutton includes full chapters describing the special needs of the event horse, with tips and advice from the top experts who make up his internationally respected eventing team his groom, his farrier, and his veterinarian. You'll find guidance in everything from daily maintenance to braiding and turut, and from hoof care and studs to common health issues and vet box care of your horse during competitions. With tips for finding the right event prospect, whatever your level of experience, as well as Dutton's own schooling exercises, both on the flat and over fences, the book promises to give you the leg up you need for a safe and confident start in the sport.
Phillip Dutton is a 12-time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and four-time Olympian. He has represented Australia in four World Championships, competed at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and been named the top FEI World Event Rider. He is a founding member of the Professional Riders Organization (PRO) and was voted the 2009 Developing Rider Coach of the Year, having coached many adult amateurs and USET shortlisted riders. He lives in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Amber Heintzberger is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists and a freelance writer and photographer specializing in equestrian subjects. A lifelong horsewoman, she has competed at eventing, dressage, and other events as well as retraining several off-the-track Thoroughbreds. She lives in New York City.