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        About Art of Riding

        My name is Renate Essink, and owner of the Art of Riding online store. Art of Riding was founded in 2015 to offer tools for the Academic Art of Riding, such as cavesson, reins with clip, kandare, and bareback pad. The demand for Bitless bridles is increasing, and a perfect combination with the Academic Art of Riding. In 2016 we became a stockholder of Freedom Riding Articles, and we started shipping worldwide.

        We now have many customers all over the world, and our mission is to provide riders worldwide with quality products for Bitless Riding and for Classical dressage. We extensively test new products and my own bred horse Fernando is regularly the test horse and serves as a model for several product photos in the shop. Fernando is a large horse of 1.72 and has a relatively small head. He usually has a large cob size or small full-size bridle and is therefore extremely suitable to determine how the sizes of bridles are.

        The Art of Riding logo stands for the combination of Classical Art of Riding & Bitless Riding; The Amazone wears a hat from the high dressage where we ended with my horse Enjoy at the time.
        My Horses:

        In 2005 I started training and educating my horse Nikki according to Academic Art of Riding principles. Nikki changed from a crooked and difficult trainable horse to a straight, confident, and willing mare. In 2010 she gave birth to Fernando. In 2015 her body failed her, and I had to make the difficult decision to let her go.

        In 2014 Enjoy came on my path, a 4-year-old mare with a past and misunderstood by her enormous talent. According to the Academic Art of Riding principles, I started riding her bitless and on a bareback pad, so her negative associations with a bit and saddle disappeared. She changed from a rodeo horse to a willing mare trained for high school exercises.
        In 2018 she found a very loving home where her career in competitive sports has continued.

        Fernando was born in 2010 and trained him Bitless from the start according to the principles of the Classical Art of Riding. We drove many hours in the hilly forests of Laag-Soeren and the surrounding area to make it stronger and to enjoy what nature has to offer. We are now well advanced in dressage and started jumping in 2020, which he also really likes.

        Over the years, I have ridden my horses with different bitless systems and with different bits. I retrained and trained several horses from bit to bitless, but also from bitless to bit. By sharing the thoughts and experiences of the different bitless systems with other bitless riders, I have gained great knowledge to answer all questions about bitless riding and the different systems. Sometimes we add a product to our shop and after a test time, it appears it does not match our standards. We remove these products from our range and are available for reduced prices in our outlet.
        Art of Riding is not only a webshop, but you can also contact us for all questions about bitless riding, Classic Riding Art, and riding with a bareback pad.
        Art of Riding stands for quality; if you are not satisfied, please let us know! We appreciate your opinion.

        Greetings Renate Essink


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