|Jaz, the horse who led me to India. His intelligence and sensitivity left me without answers in the horseman's world.|
1. Horses have been the binding thread that have kept me in my heart and then led me to go deeper.
2. My teacher in Portugal (1989), Master Senor Luis Valenca, showed me a possibility for patience, humility, passion, and integrity towards training horses that I never found again. Upon reflection, this may have been the beginning of what eventually led me to India. I recently heard a video by him giving well wishes for 2014 and was struck by the same sense I experienced 25 years ago. The spiral staircase working its magic of life--how lovely to visit this felt sense from a man with a passion and vision for horses.
Master Luís Valença Rodrigues
Founder of CELG. Former Master of The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. Team Luís Valença in Apassionata Show.
3. The book project of Nancy Kasovich's life growing up with a Master horsemen in the US has answered the questions I left Portugal with. Yes, at one point, the US did house Master horsemen. Her husband, (Bob Smith who is not living) and Master Senor Valenca probably would have shared the same heart and passion for horses. Here is an excerpt from the book. What she learned from years with a Master Horseman and carried on with in her own walk.