This image is the cover for the book A Rider’s Survival from Tyranny

A Rider’s Survival from Tyranny

Charles de Kunffy retells the dramatic events of his privileged and turbulent young life. A European nobleman in the stormy years of World War II and the Hungarian Revolution perseveres to become a prominent equestrian. During the Soviet occupation, de Kunffy finds a life-saving island of tranquility in the ancient art of classical horsemanship. Fascinating stories of his great mentors,‘professor’ horses and remarkable characters are vividly described in an uncertain historical period. The extensive photograph collection included here remarkably survived war and revolution and bears witness to the impeccable equitation demanded of jumping riders schooled in the Caprilli system. The author’s account of life under brutal tyranny, and the victorious survival of a civilized mind, are a testament to a determined and sensitive spirit. Tragic at times, funny at others, this true-life tale of travel through a rugged social landscape is graced with equestrian salvation.

Charles de Kunffy

Charles de Kunffy is a U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) “S” dressage judge (retired). A popular clinician around the world, he has taught rider, instructors and judges, particularly in the UK, for 30 years. Born and raised in Hungary, he learned to ride from the classical masters at the Hungarian National Riding Academy. He carries on this tradition in his own teaching. Based in Palm Springs, California, he is the author of six dressage books and the video “The Art of Classical Dressage.” Visit his website at

Xenophon Press