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Angles & Narrows
Coach: Gina Miles

Angles & narrows are prominent obstacles found on the cross country course. In this segment, Gina shows us how to introduce the young or inexperienced horse to these types of jumps in the show jumping arena using confidence building exercises over smaller fences.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 5 seconds

Application of the Aids
Coach: Julie Winkel

Julie Winkel talks about the system she teaches for applying aids that produces seamless transitions and invisible, harmonious communication between rider & horse.

Running Time: 17 minutes and 37 seconds

Back Pain in the Horse
Coach: Dr. Rob Boswell, Dr. Geoff Vernon

Top sport horse veterinarians and back specialists, Geoff Vernon and Rob Boswell, discuss the various back problems that can crop up for our equine partners. They highlight the different treatment options from the most high-tech to over-the-counter remedies and provide advice to the everyday horseman on how to recognize back pain in your horse.

Running Time: 18 minutes and 48 seconds

Backing Issues
Coach: Bernie Traurig

Does your horse freeze when you ask him to back up? Perhaps he raises his head to evade the command and backs awkwardly with his head too high? Does your horse back crookedly or tense up in anticipation of a back or is he simply confused by what you are asking of him? If any of these issues sound familiar, Bernie created this topic just for you. Solving backing problems brings you one step closer to improving all your downward transitions, not to mention, your horse’s mouth.

Running Time: 16 minutes and 23 seconds

Balance in the Stirrups: The Half-Seat
Coach: Bernie Traurig

The Half-Seat is the cornerstone of the American Forward Riding System. In this topic Bernie reiterates just how essential it is to perfect this position.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 58 seconds

Banks & Drops
Coach: Gina Miles

In this video, Gina describes her system of introducing horses to banks & drops. As with all new concepts, the key to building the horseʼs confidence in the face of a new challenge, is to go slowly. The riderʼs drop position is highlighted, focusing on appropriate balance, leg position and contact with the horseʼs mouth for safety and stability in the tack.

Running Time: 13 minutes and 27 seconds

Bending Lines
Coach: Team Karazissis

Kost and Jenny discuss and demonstrate your many options when it comes to correctly navigating bending lines.

If you liked this video and want to learn more about perfecting a bending line, check out Missy Clark's topic Landing the Lead for Seamless Bending Lines.

Running Time:  17 minutes and 23 seconds

Bernie Talks About His Greatest Influences
Coach: Bernie Traurig

Bernie pays tribute to some of the extraordinary instructors, riders and horsemen he has been privileged to learn from throughout his career - Vladimir Littauer, Stephan Von Vischy, Richard Wadjen, Bert DeNemethy, Johan Hinneman, Christolot Boylen, Rodney Jenkins, George MorrisBill Steinkraus, Frank Chapot & Mike Smithwick.

Running Time: 1 minute and 18 seconds

Bernie’s Must-Reads for the Die-Hard Equestrian
Coach: Bernie Traurig

Here’s a look at a handful of books that Bernie considers valuable reading for those looking to supplement their equestrian education.

Running Time: 3 mintues and 58 seconds


Links to Books Discussed in this Video

Note: Since some of these books are out of print, we highly suggest checking your local library. If the book isn’t found locally, the library can often times order them from other libraries/schools around the country for you. And the best part is, it's free! If you want to own a copy, we have provided some Amazon links for you, since that is a common place to buy. But you might also want to check out some used book stores for lower prices. A little research can save you some money.

Training Hunters Jumpers and Hacks by Harry D. Chamberin

Commonsense Horsemanship by Vladimir S. Littauer

Give Your Horse a Chance by Lt. Col. A. L. d’Endrody

Horse and Rider by Alois Podhajsky
Can be checked out for free at here:

Hunter Seat Equitation by George Morris

The Dressage Horse by Harry Boldt

Progressive Dressage by Andre Jousseaume

The de Nemethy Method by Bertalan de Némethy

Reflections on Riding and Jumping by William Steinkraus

The USPC Manual of Horsemanship

101 Jumping Exercises for Horse & Rider by Linda L. Allen

Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse by Paul D. Cronin

Modern Gymnastics by Jim Wofford

Bert de Nemethys First Core U.S. Show Jumping Team 1957-1960

From 1957 to 1960 Bert de Nemethy’s first core U.S. Show Jumping Team consisted of Bill Steinkraus, George Morris, Frank Chapot & Hugh Wiley. During this period, Gordon Wright, one of the founding fathers of modern riding and the forward seat, documented on film these legendary riders and their incredible horses. Take a look back at this amazing original footage (over 50 years old) as our team competes in New York, Chicago, Dublin and Aachen. put together this video for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame where it plays in their museum in Kentucky. This is a condensed version of a full length feature that will be coming to this site soon.

Running Time: 8 minutes and 17 seconds