Federico Caprilli – Per L’Equitatzione Di Campagna (Principles of Cross Country Riding)

Announcing a brand new English translation of Caprilli’s Per L’Equitatzione Di Campagna (Principles of Cross Country Riding).

Federico Caprilli’s article “Per L’Equitazione Di Campagna” (properly: On Riding in the Field) which appeared in the January/February 1901 issue of the Italian cavalry journal “Revista di Cavalleria” marks the birth of modern forward riding. Ask most people about who Federico Caprilli was and the invariable answer is “he is the father of modern forward riding”. Ask them if they have ever read anything he wrote and the number of respondents in the affirmative rapidly diminishes. Unfortunately, this article (which is much referred to by riding instructors world-wide) is largely inaccessible to most students of riding for a number of reasons.

The first reason is that the article in its entirety only appears once in English (other than in this new translation from the original Italian). That particular translation appears in Piero Santini’s book The Caprilli Papers (translated and edited by Major Piero Santini. J.A.Allen, London, 1967)…

And fortunately my grandfather kept an original copy of the Italian Cavalry Journal Revista di Cavalleria that contained Caprilli’s article for me to work from.

My goal in translating in Caprilli’s article to make this particular article available to those who have heard of Caprilli but have had no means of reading what he said in his own words and to let the reader understand how modern forward riding has developed in variance with the original system for better or worse. This last conclusion is up to the rider of today to determine for himself (a proposition that Caprilli might have encouraged).

My new translation from the original is the only English translation of this work in publication and will be offered for sale in next few days as a downloadable file in PDF format (other formats will be available by request). This will be a great addition to any horseman’s or historian’s library.

For more information, send me an email.

You can now purchase this new translation for $10 (via Paypal) in Adobe PDF format by clicking the “Buy Now” button below:


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One Response to Federico Caprilli – Per L’Equitatzione Di Campagna (Principles of Cross Country Riding)

  1. Ruddy Z says:

    Excellent article by Caprilli. Sheds a lot of light in terms of ‘forward riding’.

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