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Rodrigo Pessoa Interview - Short Version
Rodrigo Pessoa

Get to know Rodrigo Pessoa from his introduction to the sport to his biggest influences. In this interview, the renowned Olympian and World Champion talks about the experiences, the people and the horses that have helped shape his successful career and what his goals are for the future.

This is a condensed version of this interview. The full version is available to members and on a pay-per-view basis. Click here to view the full version.

Running Time: 2 minutes and 41 seconds

Rolling In The Deep
Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig takes a look back at the progression water jumps have made in the sport of eventing. You'll see unbelievable footage of horses and riders negotiating the very first and very daunting water jump that made it's debut at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Eventing super star, Michael Plumb, makes quite a splash in rare footage from the 1964 Olympic Trials in Gladstone, New Jersey.  The more "civilized" water obstacles used today can be seen in 2007 footage when Olympian Gina Miles and her horse McKinlaigh skillfully negotiate the water at the beautiful Badminton Horse Trials.

Running Time: 7 minutes

Roots of Forward Riding in America by George Morris
George Morris

George Morris looks at how forward riding evolved in America. A style born of the melding of the French and Italian cavalry systems and influenced by the Thoroughbred horse. He describes how the forward riding system is focused on the leg instead of the seat and how it will always have a place in the show jumping sport.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 40 seconds

Safety First: Proper Mounting & Dismounting Techniques
Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig and his daughter, Natasha, demonstrate correct and safe mounting & dismounting options. Find out which ones suit you.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 55 seconds

Safety First: Stirrup and Girth Adjustments
Bernie Traurig

Bernie demonstrates the proper techniques for stirrup & girth adjustments.

For a slick tip on how to easily lengthen or shorten your stirrups while mounted view the video: Adjusting Stirrups

Running Time: 4 minutes and 58 seconds

Schooling Your Horse Over Open Water
Bernie Traurig

Open water obstacles can be intimidating to both the horse and the rider, so you want to be sure you’ve done your homework to avoid potential faults in the show ring. Join Bernie as he shows us how to properly school over a simulated open water jump in a way that encourages the horse to jump beyond the tape. Nobody wants a toe in the tub on show day!

Running Time: 8 minutes and 55 seconds

Related Topic: Introducing the Green Horse & Training the Spooky Horse to the Liverpool

Second Level Dressage
Debbie McDonald

The movements in Second Level are designed to show that the horse accepts more weight on the hindquarters, moves with an uphill carriage and remains steadily on the bit. In this topic, Debbie McDonald and her student, 2012 London Olympian Adrienne Lyle, take a special young horse (Brentina’s half-sister) through exercises appropriate for a horse at this level and practice riding parts of a Second Level Test.

Running Time: 19 minutes and 7 seconds

Self Carriage
Julie Winkel

Self carriage is the horse’s ability to carry himself on his own without relying on the rider for balance or connection. In this topic Julie Winkel gives her students a series of exercises designed to develop the self carriage of a young horse.

Running Time: 28 minutes and 37 seconds

Serpentine Exercise
Laura Kraut

Laura Kraut shares one of her favorite exercises, the basic serpentine over fences. The proper execution of this exercise develops the horse’s rideability and the rider’s control, the core elements needed for success on course.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 6 seconds

Setting Up The Lead Change
Team Karazissis

In this session Team Karazissis describe & demonstrate exercises that establish direct communication to the three main parts of the horse & stimulate the haunch in order to facilitate the lead change.

Running Time:  12 minutes and 21 seconds