Classical dressage trainer Daniel Pevsner dies

  • Classical dressage purist Daniel Pevsner died on 16 June in his native Israel at the age of 73. He had been suffering from cancer.

    Mr Pevsner was a fellow of the British Horse Society and a former pupil of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. He also trained under Mestre Nuno Oliveira in Portugal.

    Not long before his death, Danny wrote this of the school:

    “The SRS was the only school left that concerned itself with the methodical practice of the art of high-school and, with the cultivation and the preservation of the purity of equine locomotion.”

    Having started Alexander Technique lessons after suffering with back problems, he was also the first rider to advocate the use of the technique in riding.

    For the past 20 years, he worked and taught from his training yard in Hertfordshire, also travelling worldwide to give lectures.

    His daughter Talia said: “He could be a difficult person, but he was also the finest, most honest and remarkable teacher and man I have ever met. I am honoured to be able to call such an interesting and dedicated man my father. He was still riding beautifully a week before he died.”

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