Bart Hartogsveld’s approach to riding prioritizes the welfare and enjoyment of the individual horse, and offers a clear and comprehensive method to achieve lightness and collection. Rooted in the tradition of riding art, he teaches anyone how to ride historical and contemporary exercises with a high degree of collection and minimal riding aids. He resolves resistance through teaching a unique approach to proper postural alignment of both horse and rider, rather than opposing the resistance with increased pressure with rein and leg aids.
Bart’s passion for horses and riding started at a young age, and he discovered historical and classical dressage in 2016. He has studied with some of the most established and celebrated instructors throughout his education, receiving instruction from e.g. Bent Branderup, Arne Koets, and Christofer Dahlgren. He also spent half a year with Arne Koets and Jossy Reynvoet, where he received daily mentoring, gaining a thorough understanding of all aspects of high school equitation. In his teaching he additionally draws from his experience about learning processes and stress acquired during his master’s and PhD studies in psychology and neuroscience. Since then Bart has focused on teaching historical dressage through international clinics and lessons locally.
Throughout the years Bart has studied the historical literature from the 16th to 20th century on equitation and dressage as an independent researcher, working together with other passionate professionals and members of the wider historical riding community. The goals of dressage in the past, riding with invisible aids and complete unity between rider and horse in even the most difficult exercises, continue to inspire him. One of Bart’s most well-known projects is that he compiled a comprehensive database, established in 2019, to preserve the valuable knowledge that can be found in the historical literature. This database is publicly available on this website, including free access to digital versions of the books.