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Walking The Grand Prix Course With Leopoldo Palacios: Part Two
Coach: Bernie Traurig, Leopoldo Palacios

Leopoldo Palacios, world famous Olympic & World Cup Finals course designer, shares his insights and philosophies about the challenges he presents to horse & rider when creating his impressive courses. In Part Two of this topic, you’ll get the opinions of several riders and special commentary from Leopoldo and Bernie as the action of the $35,000 Blenheim Summer II Grand Prix unfolds!

Click here to view a diagram of the Grand Prix course

To view Part One of this topic click here. 
To view part three of this topic with World Cup & World Equestrian Games course designer, Olaf Petersen, click here.

Running time: 13 minutes and 50 seconds


Western Horsemanship - Mental Preparation for Pattern Work
Coach: Carla Wennberg

Carla Wennberg, coach, judge and FEI steward, introduces her Western Horsemanship video series with a free lesson about the mental preparation of the rider required to perform a horsemanship pattern at a show. Carla’s strategy for the success of her riders calls for repeated rehearsal and practice of the pattern. She suggests riders walk and talk the pattern on foot to get comfortable with the arena and to lay out the visuals to complete the pattern work. It is important for the rider to talk through their thought process so  any corrections can be made before getting on the horse. Proper mental preparation gives the rider confidence and helps them win events.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 53 seconds

Western Horsemanship and Reining - The Basics
Coach: Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay

Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon, both World-Class Reiners, take you through many of their schooling exercises that pertain to Western Horsemanship and Reining.  Please note: Sliding stops are not taught in this video.

Running Time:  42 minutes and 34 seconds


Western Showmanship
Coach: Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay

World-Class Reiners, Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon, talk about patterns, scoring, penalties and all the nuances that go into elite western showmanship.  This topic includes their critique of the top three performances at the 2011 FEI Reining World Final in Malmö, Sweden.

Running Time:  23 minutes and 24 seconds

What To Look For In An Equitation Prospect
Coach: Missy Clark

Missy Clark and her students test and evaluate five young horses to determine their suitability and aptitude for the equitation division.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 23 seconds

When to Graduate from Jodhpurs to Tall Boots
Coach: Susan Deal

In this free tidbit, Susan discusses the right time for young riders to go from a look we typically associate with ponies to the more sophisticated, older look of tall boots.

Running Time: 1 minute and 44 seconds

Where to Hold the Reins in 2 Point Position
Coach: Susan Deal

Another great free video tidbit from ANRC Level 5 Rider, National Judge, and Steward Susan Deal! Often new riders need a guide in order to adjust the reins to the appropriate length.  This quick tip shows how strategically placed knots in the reins can be an invaluable tool to instill the proper feel of hand/mouth connection. These knots can replace colored reins when showing or hunting and also give a rider something to hold on to to keep them from slipping.

Running Time: 57 seconds

Will Simpson - An Interview Featuring His Olympic Ride
Coach: Bernie Traurig, Will Simpson

Get to know Will Simpson from his introduction to the sport, to his biggest influences.  In this exciting video youʼll get Willʼs own play by play of his brilliant 2008 Olympic Jump-Off round aboard Carlsson Vom Dach that resulted in Team Gold!

Running Time: 7 minutes and 59 seconds

Winning Eye Exercises
Coach: John French

John French finally shares the secrets of his legendary eye. In this video he reveals his favorite exercises that will not only develop your eye, but the confidence to find the distance to every jump.

Running Time:  13 minutes and 22 seconds

Winning Turns
Coach: Bernie Traurig

Bernie discusses and demonstrates his signature system for short turns to jumps that he has used and taught for decades. This system has not only brought him success in the show ring, but has contributed to the success of his many students.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 42 seconds