Monday, April 8, 2013

Charles de Kunffy: Charming and delightful

What old world charm and what an international treasure -- I read most of the CDK biography and his story is remarkable. Unlike many natural riders, CDK can also WRITE about riding. While I can't always make my body do what it takes to ride classically, reading his words is an inspiration. He is exacting and a perfectionist, but it is in service to the horse.

When I first saw this video I thought the interviewer's question was really lame, but then I tried to think about what I would ask CDK for a short video clip -- the only approach I could think of was to ask something general and give him the freedom to talk about what was on his mind. That's what this man did -- so I guess I can't fault him...

CDK comes to Hassler Dressage and many members of my GMO go every single time -- "Go see him while he is still around" they urge. He is widely regarded to be one of the most eloquent spokespersons for classical principles -- and he is also a hoot, using humor and his big personality to hold your attention. He appears to be in good health, thank goodness-- let's hope he is around for a long time to come.

1 comment:

  1. I've always had respect for CdK, which is why I was horrified that he took part in a certain "dressage summit" in my area. :-/ I don't understand why he would attach his name and reputation to that particular dog-and-pony show.


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