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.





Starting the Young or Green Horse Over Jumps - Part Two

Join Bernie and Hanna Mauritzson on Conquistador in part two of this series that starts with a young horse’s very first introduction to jumps, developing a sound foundation for more extensive, future training over fences. The series outlines the progressive exercises and time frame one can adapt to the individual horse.

Click here to view part one of this series
Click here to view part three of this series

Running Time: 7 minutes and 42 seconds


Sticky Spray

Bernie & Zazou Hoffman reveal a valuable tip to stay tight in the tack.

Running Time: 1 minute and 10 seconds

Straight And Simple

Confused about how to keep a straight track in lines? Here’s a quick and easy fix from Bernie that will get you and your horse headed straight down the middle of those lines.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 16 seconds

The Abuse Of The Indirect Rein

Bernie demonstrates the beautiful effects that can be accomplished with the proper use of the Indirect Rein In Front of the Wither and, at the same time, addresses the pitfalls of improper use.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 52 seconds

The American Jumping Derby 1976 - 1988

Here is another priceless look back at some archival footage filmed by Gordon Wright & narrated by George Morris. This time we get a glimpse of Mason Phelps' amazing production, the American Jumping Derby. This challenging and rugged derby brought the grit of European show jumping to the U.S. courtesy of Mr. Phelps. Held at his stunning family estate in Rhode Island, the Derby was truly a gem of the show jumping circuit from 1976 through 1988.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 49 seconds

The Cardinal Gymnastic

This exercise was originally designed for a little Thoroughbred horse, The Cardinal, that Bernie had great success with in the 70’s. This horse needed confidence building in oxer combinations and with the aid of this gymnastic, he evolved into a courageous, winning grand prix horse and one of Bernie’s best.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 55 seconds

The Evolution of Modern Equitation & Classical Riding

Once again, Bernie was honored to judge the 2nd Annual American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge, presented by Whitethorne at Blenheim EquiSports during the June Classic 3. This year he judged with Geoff Teall to pin this educational class with a unique format ( Bernie produced the following video for the interactive Q & A session where riders & trainers were able to pick the brains of the panel. Bernie put together this evolutionary journey of the American Forward Seat to provide this latest generation of riders with some valuable context and history.

Running Time: 29 minutes and 29 seconds

The Formula for Dialed In Corner Jumps

Finally, a formula to meet that pesky corner jump! In this topic Bernie outlines his strategies for creating the right distance and track that will set you up for a line.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 53 seconds


The Kusner Gymnastic

(Kathy Kusner & Untouchable shown in thumbnail/photo)

Bernie was originally introduced to this gymnastic many years ago when he saw it executed by his close friend and amazing Olympian, Kathy Kusner. It eventually proved to be useful in his own career as a coach. In this topic he passes on a very useful exercise that teaches horses to regulate their stride in tight combinations to encourage their best jumping effort. 

Running Time: 11 mintues and 1 second


The Winkler Gymnastic

In this video, Bernie shares with you one of his favorite gymnastics designed to improve your horse’s agility, front end (technique), rhythm & balance.

To learn how to set cavaletti on the approach to a gymnastic line as shown in this video view: Incorporating Cavaletti with Fences as Developed by Bert de Nemethy

If you liked this video check out Fundamental Gymnastics another great topic that features the benefits of a gymnastic line.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 32 seconds