Eloise King (a.k.a. Schwortz) states in December 2002 “Although the Akhaltekes fully mature later than most other breeds, every day of patience, waiting, gives off ten fold – when they reach their maturity height of strength and talent: it is there for many years. Why?…… Because these horses ‘ware well’. They move so freely and have such agility that the movement never punishes joined ligaments, foot or tendons. They ‘ware well’ themselves. The feet are place don the ground and seeing many of the Akhaltekes move (many different horses) I am always impressed with how they move. I love the long forearm and again I must stress how they move across the ground. Then come the riding. Sitting on such a mover for me was never imagined. The race track (Licensed Trainer), a jump rider, equitation rider, leading dressage rider, a judge, always a student, a life of almost 60 years in the saddle with ponies, thoroughbred, Lusitanos, Arabs, etc. The Akhalteke showed me all joys of each breed in one horse WOW! It is an experience I marvel at every day as I work these beautiful horses.”
The end of World War II was also the end of gas rationing in the Untied States, now I could have ridding lessons. Soon I was “The Jockey” for Deborah Dows of Southland Farms in Rhinebeck, New York. She would have up to thirty ponies a year to break-in. I then moved on to jumpers and I believe I still hold the recorded, for being the youngest jump rider in Madison Square Gardens in New York. Next were years spent fox hunting, training, ridding race horses, and even timber & brush horses. Soon I was eventing (3 phase military ridding) my passion moved to dressage when in 1972. I met and started to study under Nuno Oliveira.
I graduated from the first United States Dressage Federation’s learner judges program put on by the Patomic Valley Dressage Ass., and received my big R from the American Horse Show Ass., as a recognized judge.
I am new to the Akhal-teke breed. In the last two years I have had the pleasure of getting to know them, as I have been able to train, school, and show Seven of Tito Pontecorvo’s stallions. Anyone familiar with the late Nuno Oliveira or his son Juan will immediately recognize the complete training and influence of the “Oliveira School” in all my work. I was most fortunate to have devoted myself to the great master. All the work of lightness is fully rewarded when applied to the Akhal-teke.
Mr. Oliveira was so complete a horsemen and master that I have never needed to look in any other direction. Listening to the horses and with his work, the horses are always happy, relaxed, and correct.