"Equestrian art, perhaps more than any other, is closely related to the wisdom of life. Many of the same principles may be applied as a line of conduct to follow. The horse teaches us self-control, constancy and the ability to understand what goes on in the mind and the feelings of another creature, qualities that are important throughout our lives. Moreover from this relationship with his horse the rider will learn that only kindness and mutual understanding will bring about achievement of highest perfection."
- Alois Podhajsky, former director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna