MY HORSE, MY HEART, MY SOUL
Where is the artful, heartfelt aspect
in the modern equestrian world?
While collaborating with Nancy Kasovich for the creation of
Seeing Through the Eyes of the Horse, I was inspired to start a second
book, My Horse, My Heart, My Soul.
For this book, I interviewed eight horse professionals who live or
grew up in America and Europe. They shared their journeys from
childhood through the professional years of experience, wisdom,
and passion. Working from a heart and soul level, all are voices
for the horse. After sitting with this collection of interviews,
I was overwhelmed by the tapestry it wove in support of the artful,
heartfelt aspect of the modern equestrian world. Enthralling, and
in some aspects familiar, each journey provides well-examined,
modern insight into staying true to the heart and soul’s depth of
connection to the horse.
Among them: 1) Señor Luis Valenca, who shared stories and insights
from his life, as well as from two of his teachers, Master Don
Jose Cunha Menezes (Baucherist) and Master Nuno Oliveira,
2) Rosalie Lewis, who had an unusual opportunity as a civilian
to train with the Portuguese Military School in Mafra and later
studied with Master Nuno Oliveira, 3) Lena Wedenmark, who
started her riding career in Sweden and later worked with Jonas
and Anders Lindgren while living in the U.S., and 4) Elizabeth
Johnson, who works with horses on a mind, body, and soul level as
an equine body worker. Her insight into the energetic subtleties and true nature of
the horse is revealing and transformative for both humans and horses.
It was a privilege to be the interviewer and scribe for this contemporary collection.