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Charles de Kunffy | USDF Hall of Fame Author, Clinician, and Judge

Charles de Kunffy can best be described as “a gentleman and a scholar,” and most importantly, an indomitable ambassador for the horse.

Raised in the classical tradition, Charles is a firm believer in schooling the horse in a comprehensive system of training, including cross-country, jumping, and dressage. His experience as a dressage judge, trainer, and author make him one of the most sought-after dressage masters and clinicians today.

His work is appreciated for its scholastic depth, academic expertise, and the clarity and vigor of its delivery. Charles de Kunffy is the author of six published books.

The well known British author and horsewoman, Sylvia Loch, wrote in the forward of the 1993 edition of The Ethics and Passions of Dressage: "If you want to express the utter joy, the drive, the energy that takes you forward on your journey with horses, it is here in this book."

And so it is with all of his writings.

Charles de Kunffy’s expertise and his ability to inspire and instruct his students earns him great popularity and respect.

His teachers were the products of the finest riding institutions of the “inter bellum.” These included Vienna and Wienerneustadt in Austria, Hannover and Berlin in Germany, Pinerolo and Tordiquinto in Italy, and Hungary’s Orkeny. Pal Kemery, Jeno Kosa-Reznek, Imre Bodo and Geza Hazslinsky-Krull attended these institutions, competed with great successes and mentored Charles for years in an institutional setting.

Cross-country riding, jumping, and dressage were melded into one comprehensive system of training, adhering to the classical tradition of riding theory and methodology.

Diversification of activities, riding skills and the ability to improve any horse were emphasized in the academic training program. Charles de Kunffy was schooled with the strictest adherence to classical training traditions based on scholarship and a profound respect for the horse. He represents the unbroken heritage of classical horsemanship handed down from generation to generation without compromise.

Regardless of a student’s talent or accomplishments, Charles never refused help to any rider

willing to learn.

He believes that the honor of teaching the traditions of the great equestrian arts commands an instructor to perform with equal dedication and thoroughness whether teaching a beginner or coaching an Olympic gold medalist.


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