Truth in the Teaching of Master Nuno Oliveira - Eleanor Russell
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This great book is the next in Xenophon Press’ series by the students of Master Nuno Oliveira. Eleanor Russell studied with Oliveira for over ten years. For an entire year, she studied horsemanship with her stallion, Victorieux in Avessada, Portugal. During this time, she took dutiful notes of her master’s teachings and faithfully recorded quotations of his lessons and discussions. Ms. Russell was permitted to photograph him in his daily work on average horses. This book is filled with candid, un-posed photographs seldom before seen. The lessons are practical and concrete. This volume illustrates daily life at the stables and reveals many secrets to understanding many classical dressage movements.
“In truth, Nuno Oliveira returns in this beautiful book and his words echo off the pages. This is the great Nuno Oliveira, there is no interpretation or distortion of the words; it is truly an accurate account of his teachings, the memories came flooding back as I looked at it. The book is a must for everyone who has ever loved the horse and Equestrian Art. The world acclaimed lightness of Oliveira and his real love for the horse is captured in the photos and the teachings of the greatest artist and trainer of the horse world “
– From a review by long time student, Jayne Howley
“Over 90 pages of never before published colour photos and training principles in the words of Nuno Oliveira. The text is transcribed from Eleanor Russell’s notes and faithfully recorded quotes from Nuno Oliveira taken over the 10 years Ms. Russell was his student.” – Sylvia Loch
NUNO OLIVEIRA, by his tireless work, study, and belief in the Classical Principles of the art of training horses provided the link with the Great Masters of the 16th, 17th and 19th century in Europe, and the changing and expanding world of the 20th century. Nuno Oliveira taught and trained all his life, based originally in Lisbon, and later in Avessada, Portugal. He gave numerous performances with his beautifully trained horses throughout Portugal, often for charity. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, he travelled to many countries in Europe and the United Kingdom to give demonstrations of all Classical movements. He also travelled to the United States, South America, and also to Australia and Asia giving training clinics and performances. He was regarded world-wide as the last of the Old Master Trainers, always devoted to the principles of the Classical Trainers of old. All of his life Nuno Oliveira studied and practiced this equestrian art, demanding of himself and his students discipline, calmness and always absolute correctness, in all movements the horse performed.
Eleanor Russell was a recognized dressage rider, an FEI judge and a breeder of Arabian Warmbloods in her homeland, Australia. She also collaborated with Nuno Oliveira translating two of his last books.
To quote Nuno Oliveira… “equestrian art is the perfect understanding and harmony between horse and rider”.