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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):


Evaluating The Off The Track Thoroughbred For Purchase

Join Bernie Traurig on a shopping trip for retired racehorses in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky. As a huge advocate for the Thoroughbred, Bernie supports the efforts of those who work to give former racehorses new careers. He discovered one such program that sets the gold standard for reschooling Off The Track Thoroughbreds. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, where tremendous care is given to the selection and training of these wonderful equine athletes and finding them suitable new homes. Because of the unique nature of this facility, Bernie is able show us the process he uses to evaluate a horse and predict its potential as a prospect for the jumping sport.  At this facility, one is able to get a broad overview of the horse’s temperament, soundness, movement and jumping talent in various ways. Bernie was able to observe the horses at rest in the stall, in hand, free jumping in the hitchcock pen as well as under saddle in the arena. People in the market for an OTTB don’t always get the opportunity try a horse so thoroughly, that is what makes the MMSC such a gem.

Running time: 49 minutes and 56 seconds

 

Links to videos referenced in this video:

A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse

The Ideal Hunter Type presented by John French

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse! 

View the next two parts in this series:

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B
Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 19 minutes and 1 second

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!  

View the first part of this series: Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
View the next part of this series: Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 18 minutes and 13 seconds

 

Exercises To Increase Heel Depth

“Put your heels down...” this is one of the first things every rider is taught because it is so essential to proper position and effective riding. In this topic, Bernie focuses on ways to increase and maintain deep heels every day.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 32 seconds

Eye Exercise Tips

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!

Running Time: 6 minutes and 41 seconds

Flatwork Over Fences

Take a ride with Bernie as he schools "Archie Bunker" and talks you through how he incorporates his flat techniques over small fences. This is an excerpt from the Advanced section of Fundamentals of Flatwork, chapter 14.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 45 seconds

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 1 - Basic

The first of the series, this video outlines a simple, progressive method of flatwork for all jumping disciplines. It focuses on the training of a young or inexperienced horse with the aim to achieve obedience to light rein and leg aids, and assumes the rider is familiar with the proper techniques of riding and jumping. But you do not have to be a highly experienced or seasoned rider because Bernie’s strategies are clear, straight-forward, classic and timeless. The Basic level highlights his favorite exercises that can be incorporated into anyone’s training program.

View part 2 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 2 - Intermediate
View part 3 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 3 - Advanced

Running Time: 46 minutes and 25 seconds (divided into chapters)

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 2 - Intermediate

If you have the Basic level down, you and your horse are ready for more of Bernie’s proven supplemental training techniques. In the Intermediate level, you’ll learn how to put the polish on your performance by blending these potent methods into your everyday training program. You will learn how to build on the fluency with which you and your horse have come to communicate. For most horses, mastering this level will be sufficient to perform well in any show ring.

View part 1 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 1 - Basic
View part 3 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 3 - Advanced

Running Time: 59 minutes and 6 seconds (divided into chapters)

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 3 - Advanced

The Advanced level further illustrates Bernie’s modern, refined and simplified approach. If your goal is a higher level of performance or to achieve a greater brilliance and quality of gait, this video is for you.

View part 1 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 1 - Basic
View part 2 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 2 - Intermediate

Running Time: 51 minutes and 16 seconds (divided into chapters).

Fundamentals of Flying Changes

Here is an in depth look at the building blocks that are required for a perfectly executed flying change. In this topic Bernie breaks down and examines each component of a flying change and demonstrates exercises that will give your horse every opportunity to change leads on cue.

Running Time: 16 minutes and 32 seconds