Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Gottlieb Polak was Chief Rider and Riding Master of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the 1930s, serving until his death in 1942. Polak was a multitalented individual who played the violin as well as being an extremely talented rider, described as having a gift for working with horses that occurs only rarely throughout history. Polak was born in Kladruby nad Labem. He was the son of an employee (HofgestÃ¼tsbeamter) of the Kladrub Court stud, and developed a great fondness for horses from an early age. As a young man, his love for horses was so great that he dropped out of the Music Academy in Prague after a year and in 1900 he became a pupil at the Kladruber Stables.