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This File (A second edition) is now available for free viewing as an web page: “Federico Caprilli – Per L’Equitazione Di Campagna”

Many thanks to those who purchased the original offering in the past. If you still choose to purchase the PDF version, all proceeds go towards managing and maintaining this website.

Now Available in Adobe PDF format:

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)…

Fortunately for those who want to read this hard-to-find article, 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, Email Me.

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


4 Responses to Gilmore Horsemanship Store

  1. kimberly nenninger says:

    Hi, my sister and I are researching long distance riding (mostly military style) and would love to get some input from you. We are researching why the McClellan held up to 50 to 60 miles per day, with 250 pounds, and only 19 inch bars.

    We are 170 pounds each, our packs weigh 12 pounds, and we are riding western saddles with 24 inch bars. Our horses didn’t last two weeks at ten miles per day. We would love to learn more.

    Thank You

    • Dan Gilmore says:

      Missed this comment years ago. A McClellan saddle is rough on a horse’s back if the horse’s back doesn’t fit the saddle. For endurance riding or long distance riding, I’d go for something like a Berney Brothers AP saddle or anything that properly fits a particular horse’s back. Saddle fit is important and McClellan saddles don’t make the cut unless they match the horse’s back or can be properly fit with add on numnah’s for the bars.

  2. sara annon says:

    I am excited to find a source to read Caprilli for himself. I have also been looking for a source for a US cavalry style lunge cavesson, felt noseband, cheek strap etc- would you know where to get one?

    • Dan Gilmore says:

      Tough to find a proper lunging cavesson. You have to check specialised catalogues for such things. If you are on facebook, look me up and join a group like the International Light Cavalry Association page to see what the members can come up with.

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