Building a Life Together: You and Your Horse is a book that offers a series of practical and ethical guideposts to help us build an honest, open, happy life with horses. Magali and Frédéric’s words, their lessons, and hundreds of emotionally charged photographs by internationally renowned photographer Gabriele Boiselle provide deliciously enlightening glimpses into the kind of relationships we all dream of having with our horses, and with each other.
Like perhaps no other couple in this world, Magali Delgado and Frédéric Pignon have strived to live their lives in perfect partnership with their horses. It was this essence—in combination with their genuine talent, unquestionable integrity, and immense appeal—that captured the hearts of audiences around the globe when they and their horses toured as part of the original cast of Cavalia from 2003 to 2009.
Now, in the eagerly awaited follow-up to their bestselling book Gallop to Freedom, Magali and Frédéric welcome us to their home in France. There, the stable doors are thrown open, and we are invited to share all that they’ve discovered in both the hands-on and more delicate, intangible areas of horsemanship.
As we journey into the pastures, the practice ring, and down the trails with Magali and Frédéric, the veil is lifted, and we can indeed begin to see how what they have alongside and on board a horse can be ours. The secrets are here for the taking. The rest is up to us.
Author Notes: Born to horse-loving parents in the south of France, both Magali Delgado and Frédéric Pignon developed quite radical ideas about the treatment of horses, and when they eventually met and married, it was as if they had been made for one another. Horses became their passion and their family.
Magali and Frédéric were the founding stars of the original version of the hit “equine spectacular” Cavalia. With their troupe of astounding horses, they toured the United States and European capitals from 2003 to 2009, playing to more than two million spectators. In addition, they have worked with such leading figures as Corky Randall (trainer for the legendary film The Black Stallion), Don Manuel Vidrié Gómez of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, and renowned horse trainer and animal behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones.
When not performing their liberty and dressage acts, Magali and Frédéric live in France on their family’s breeding farm, raising horses in accordance with their principles (www.pignon-delgado.com).
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