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Bernie TraurigBERNIE TRAURIG
JUMPERS • HUNTERS • EQUITATION • DRESSAGE • EVENTING

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. In 2010 the California Professional Horsemen's Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was awarded the USHJA President’s Distinquished Service Award. He is recognized as a legend in the sport. As a teacher and trainer, he is one of the most sought after clinicians in the country today. His talent for teaching goes back to his roots where he was fortunate enough to have been educated by some of the very best Master Instructors this country and the world have to offer. He served as the West Coastʼs associate Chef d’ Equip to George H. Morris, the former Chef d’ Equip of the United States Olympic Equestrian Team. After amassing over 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.  Click here to learn more about Bernie.


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BERNIE'S VIDEO TOPICS (NEW ONES ADDED MONTHLY):


Controls of the Horse Part One - Rein Aids

Bernie Traurig demystifies, clarifies and modernizes rein aids and their direct application in the show ring in this video, the first of a two part series. Youʼll learn the proper technique of each rein aid as well as the appropriate circumstances to apply them. By mastering rein aids and using them in conjunction with leg aids, youʼll have a powerful tool at your disposal, resulting in a superior performance. Teaching the rein aids to the horse can be found in the Basic & Intermediate levels of Fundamentals of Flatwork.

View part 2 of this series: Controls Of The Horse Part Two - Leg Aids

Running Time: 20 minutes and 18 seconds

Controls Of The Horse Part Two - Leg Aids

Bernie illustrates, for all the basic jumping disciplines, the significance of the correct position & timing of leg aids as a powerful blend with the rein aids. Teaching independent and prompt responsiveness to leg aids will result in clear, effective communication with your horse when used in conjunction with the rein aids for ultimate control in the ring.

View part 1 of the series: Controls of the Horse Part One - Rein Aids

Running Time: 35 minutes and 43 seconds

CPHA Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

This is the video presentation made by the California Professional Horsemen’s Association to commemorate the Lifetime Achievement Award Bernie received in January of 2011. He was privileged to ride the phenomenal horses that appear in this video who were really responsible for this honor.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 24 seconds

Demystifying the Inside Leg to Outside Rein

These days you hear the phrase “inside leg to outside rein” tossed around in schooling rings and during lessons with surprising regularly, but what does the term really mean? In this topic, Bernie clarifies how we make use of both our hands and both our legs by demonstrating what aids are used in various situations in and out of the show ring.

Running Time: 11 minutes and 39 seconds

Developing Good Hands

In this topic Bernie discusses the vital role good hands play in the communication between rider and horse. Tactful, sensitive hands that are used with feeling can be developed using the exercises Bernie presents here.

Running Time: 11 minutes and 10 seconds

Diagonal Issues? Feeling Your Diagonals

Bernie Traurig takes the frustration out of missed diagonals. With just a bit of practice, you'll be feeling your diagonals with your eyes closed!

Running Time: 3 minutes and 43 seconds

Equitation - An American Tradition of Excellence

According to Bertalan de Nemethy, “nothing of any substance can be built on a flimsy foundation, and the horse and the rider who don’t know what they are doing will always fall far short of realizing their full potential.” It is with this in mind that we share this topic with you, for the fundamental principles of equitation begin with mastering the basics of classical American Forward Riding. This mastery takes time, determination and dedication but yields a riding style that is not only beautiful to watch, but effective in practice. Let's analyze some of our most recent Champions, Hunter Holloway, TJ O’Mara, McKayla Langmeier, Victoria Colvin and Zazou Hoffman, as they answer the weighty questions posed by an Equitation Finals course with a sophistication that will, no doubt, serve them well wherever their riding careers take them.

Running Time: 18 minutes and 44 seconds

Equitation Tips - Impulsion

In this second video from the Equitation Tip Series Bernie looks at a common trait that the top equitation horses in the country share. They are all in front of their riders’ legs, allowing for beautiful upward transitions that appear to be invisible. These horses are trained by their riders to be light to the leg and Bernie shows us how to achieve this with  your horse.

Running time: 4 minutes and 35 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 2 - Intermediate

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 3 - Advanced

Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg

Equitation Tips - Legs

Bernie further breaks down equitation to it’s component parts, referencing the great examples of beautiful and effective riding that we saw in our topic, Equitation - An American Tradition of Excellence. This is a series of how-to tips to take your equitation to the next level. We start with the foundation of every rider’s position, the leg.

Running time: 4 minutes and 46 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 1

Exercises To Increase Heel Depth

Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg

Equitation Tips - Seats on Course

In the third video from the Equitation Tip Series, Bernie discusses a quality that the top equitation riders possess - an independent seat.  This allows the riders to utilize all seats on course where they apply. Bernie offers various exercises to develop a secure, balanced, independent seat and enhance strength along with an adjustable hip angle.

Running time: 2 minutes and 38 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

A Lunge Lesson, Val Renihan

Getting Secure in Your Seat and Legs, Val Renihan

The Independent Seat, Denny Emerson 

Building Blocks to a Great Position, Parts 1-5, Bernie Traurig