Call 760-377-4067 /
The fine art of the Garrocha has
finally been revealed to us all who live with horses in America. The
history is thorough and interesting.
In all aspects from the beginning to the end of this beautifully
produced DVD John Saint Ryan demonstrates a logical sequence of
Thank you John for producing the first DVD of this kind of
horsemanship skill to America. We hope that all horsemen will revere
this skill and learn
it easily by following it along. The best that could happen is that
this DVD will popularize the Garrocha into many exhibitions across our
land, as well as internationally.
Graham & Lanys
Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse
This DVD is one of the most well-organized and thoughtfully
prepared horsemanship tutorials that I have found. The sections on
history of the Garrocha are good introductions and the Exhibition
footage is truly inspirational!
One realizes while watching this DVD that working with the Garrocha is
not just for one discipline of riding. The principles and exercises
presented here can help
with improving balance, refining the aids, and achieving better
communication with your horse no matter what style of riding you
do. John Saint Ryan thoughtfully
includes different breeds and training levels to emphasis this point.
Many instructional DVDs show only the perfected footage of the horse.
I found the inclusion of less confident horses and potential
challenges that can arise very
refreshing, as it let's the rider get a look at how to safely handle a
Katy Sommers DVM
Wonderful DVD! If you have ever wanted to
incorporate the Garrocha into your riding routines, then this DVD is
for you. John is a master Horseman with an incredible way with
horses. He is also a very gifted teacher when it comes to humans. He
has the ability to break down complex subjects into clear and
concise components. He starts with the most basic components and
slowly adds more until the whole picture is clear and
understandable. This DVD presents lessons for both you and your
horse. From selecting the right Garrocha, to learning how to handle
the Garrocha without your horse, to introducing the Garrocha to your
horse, and then on to work in the saddle. If you follow the lessons,
you and your horse will feel comfortable and confident performing
your routines with the Garrocha. To see how beautiful this can be,
check out the YouTube video of John in Las Vegas. Search for John
Saint Ryan Garrocha. Simply stunning!!!
John, I have recently become interested
in this beautiful dance of horse and rider. I was a successful
professional horsewoman for many years, now retired( and at nearly
seventy) and quite a few years out of the business, I am back now
with renewed enthusiasm of learning this dance that is just for me
and my wonderful gelding. Johns dvd is absolutely a wonderful
start for me in this art. He explains the art and equipment in
such a wonderful, easy to understand way. I look forward to
watching this wonderful demonstration and step by step instruction
DVD over and over. Thank you John.
what you can achieve with good step by step instructions..This is a wonderful DVD. If you and
your horse have not worked with the Garrocha Pole, I would highly
recommend it. I had watched Garrocha performances at shows and
always thought it was beyond what I could do with my horse. But
this DVD shows you how to get there from the beginning, starting
with ground work to get your horse comfortable with the Garrocha
Pole movements before you try it from the back. The DVD also shows
a horse that is not comfortable with the garrocha pole at first.
It gave me an idea of what to expect and how to help my horse
through. It has helped my horse's confidence and mine, my leg work
has improved and my horse has become suppler from this art. While
my little Spotted Saddle Horse does not have the movement of an
Andalusian, he can be just as graceful as one when he is working
with the Garrocha. I would recommend this DVD to anyone.
Vaquera This is an excellent DVD for anyone
that wants a step-by-step introduction into the art of the
Garrocha. The camera work and sound are very professional and it
is enjoyable as well as informative to watch. I use the garrocha
and related exercises for my own horses and have found them to be
extremely effective in developing the communication needed for all
kinds of equitation. I highly recommend this to anyone wishing to
develop a good basic bond with his or her horse no matter what the
breed. Lots of information!
Tom Dorrance More Than a Horseman
Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan
This book is a
collection of essays and stories, which not only reflect the
admiration and respect for Tom Dorrance, but also give clues and
direction to the many people who really want to develop their
You will find knowledgeable horse people from
many disciplines and a wide variety of experience sharing their
‘aha’ moments. Talking about how, despite many a struggle, with
Toms’ guidance and with their own practice and determination, they
could make incredible breakthroughs in understanding and
communication with the horse.
Reviews from amazon . com:
Tom Dorrance - More Than a Horseman (Hardcover)
I bought this book for my husband who has not put it down. Any true horseman knows who Tom Dorrance is, should have a copy of this book. It not only retells the stories from Tom's students but teaches you through those stories on how to be a better horseman or woman. A truly excellent purchase.
This book would be of great interest to any horse owner or rider, of any level. It would be equally interesting I imagine to the general public who enjoys reading about the life of a great horse trainer and teacher, whose lessons for the horse owner, apply to all areas of life. Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan have given us a treasure. I intend to purchase more copies for my friends and family as it's just too good to be missed !