A superior book on horsemanship and showmanship manages to achieve a maximum of specific instruction with absolutely no confusion. Perhaps particularly good for the young horseman who is working toward competition, it extends to complete newcomers and is a check for more experienced riders. Under the heading of horsemanship come pointers on the approach to riding; the necessity for experience and riding of a variety of horses; awareness of the horse's temperament; evidences of good and bad conformation; the use of a basic seat and of aids natural and artificial; schooling and care of the horse and intelligent handling of it. In the showmanship section, preparation for a show, proper dress, various classes, varying score rulings, handling in the ring and care for the homeward journey are discussed. The author, a riding teacher and winner of the Maclay award, writes with realism and earnestness, revealing horsemanship as sport and art.