Montie Eagle

Eagle-Glenn Farm

340 N. Middlesex Rd, Carlisle, PA 17013



Great Quotations

These are a few of the thoughts of horsemen, mentors and others, and how they apply to my passion for horses in general and dressage in particular.


Do what you love – Henry David Thoreau


Don’t be afraid to look for a little excitement in life. Do what you love, and don’t ever stop. - Bob Darch, internationally known ragtime piano player


If you look at a person’s checkbook and datebook, you know what their religion really is.
- Ravi Ravindra “Daily Life as Spiritual Practice”


Does the musician work the violin? Of course not! We too should always endeavor to “play” the horse, then it will work for us.
- Erik Herbermann "Dressage Formula"


Horses that do not startle were all eaten long ago. - Charles de Kunffy


Nothing good comes from something bad.  - John Lyons


Anything I can vividly imagine, whatever I intensely desire, whatever I firmly believe in, whatever I enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass. - Jack Brainard


Therapeutic riding “. . . is that kind of training you do, where you take a handicapped horse, so to speak, and you improve this animal to such an extent that at the end of his training, it looks like a super horse, worth a million. You build muscles where there are none, you strengthen the weak parts of your horse, you change his temperament, and you transform the whole body and the mind. In short, you make the horse into something which it wasn’t before. The entire training process has a healing effect on the animal, and this I consider the ultimate goal of horsemanship.
- Karl Mikolka, Oberbereiter, Spanish Riding School




Do you know that disease and death must needs overtake us, no matter what we are doing? What do you wish to be doing when it overtakes you? If you have anything better to be doing when you are so overtaken, get to work on that.
- Epictetus


Walking the wire is living. Everything else is just waiting.
- Karl Wallenda, tightrope artist


Don’t quit before the miracle happens.
– George Yetsook, race horse trainer


The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
– Scott Hamilton, world class ice skater


Patience is the essence of success.
– Dennis Williams, trailer spotter, central Post office, Detroit MI


Winners care in their sleep.
– on a greeting card by Carlton Cards (American Greetings Inc.)


Pay attention to the transitions. They are not without glory.
– Karl Mikolka


The first thing to know is that athletes, and even coaches, are always paying attention to something. The skill is learning to control where they focus their attention. It is never a matter of not paying attention. It is always a matter of exercising their choice as to where to attend.
– Tony Onorato, sports columnist


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
– Marcus Aurelius

Technique kept his vision from being blurred. – protégé of Rudolf Serkin, after his mentor’s death  

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.
– Richard Bach, “Illusions”


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge


There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds to show you what’s possible.
- Ray Kinsella, quoting Terence Mann, in “Field of Dreams”


Life is never what it seems; it is always so much more. – Famous Amos, the cookie maven


Shoulder-in is forever. – Pat Smeltzer, dressage coach


Ask him to find his limitations – Karl Mikolka


Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more. – Dan Millman, “The Laws of Spirit”


Every day’s a holiday, every meal’s a banquet.
– Robert Heppi, steel hauler


Humility is the forgetfulness of self.
– Thomas Keating, “Open Mind, Open Heart.”


I kept it simple: hands forward and stand on the outside ski.
– Tommy Moe, on winning the gold medal in men’s downhill skiing, 1994 Olympics


The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it.
– Stanley Kubrick


Prior planning prevents poor performance.
– Stuart Candis, truck driver


Go ‘til you hear glass.
– Shelly Brown, thoroughbred race horse trainer


Outlaws are can openers in the supermarket of life.
- Tom Robbins, “Still Life with Woodpecker”


Horses are not impressed by money. They are impressed by how you approach them. You have to ride a horse from the inside out – to penetrate his soul.
-Karl Mikolka, Oberbereiter, Spanish Riding School


There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.
- Proverbs 21: 30-31


Always work from a position of strength. - Montie Eagle

Dressage to a horse and rider are like the blueprints to an engineer who must build a bridge. You must know the fundamentals of building in order to create a structure of durability, strength and ability.  
  -- Eitan Beth-Halachmy
  Always better your best.  
-- Craig Cameron
Forward first -- few things in life are not solved by going forward. -- Montie Eagle



Whatever you want badly enough, there is a price to pay. The price you pay is the life you live to become who you are today. -- Montie Eagle