At the core of this book is a series of 'state of the art' experiments in which the author participated designed to establish whether certain classical ideas about true collection could be scientifically proved. Discussion of the results leads into an exploration of how working towards collection informs the progression of training and the way in which the exercises are implemented. Furthermore Belasik points out this pursuit of collection is likely to take a purer form if it is motivated by artistic values rather than by the rider's ego. In this regard the author urges readers to focus on their own individuality rather than being motivated or misled by external pressures; to 'collect' or 'centre' themselves as they work towards a similar state with their horses. It is a fascinating and thoughtful read.
"'[Dressage for the 21st Century] has to be the most complete book on Equitation to the highest levels ever to be written. It is quite simply a masterpiece - highly readable yet totally scholarly as would be expected from an author such as Paul Belasik whose previous books have gained him a worldwide and well deserved following' - Heather Moffatt author of Enlightened Equitation"