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Equitation - An American Tradition of Excellence
Bernie Traurig

According to Bertalan de Nemethy, “nothing of any substance can be built on a flimsy foundation, and the horse and the rider who don’t know what they are doing will always fall far short of realizing their full potential.” It is with this in mind that we share this topic with you, for the fundamental principles of equitation begin with mastering the basics of classical American Forward Riding. This mastery takes time, determination and dedication but yields a riding style that is not only beautiful to watch, but effective in practice. Let's analyze some of our most recent Champions, Hunter Holloway, TJ O’Mara, McKayla Langmeier, Victoria Colvin and Zazou Hoffman, as they answer the weighty questions posed by an Equitation Finals course with a sophistication that will, no doubt, serve them well wherever their riding careers take them.

Running Time: 18 minutes and 44 seconds

Equitation Tips - Impulsion
Bernie Traurig

In this second video from the Equitation Tip Series Bernie looks at a common trait that the top equitation horses in the country share. They are all in front of their riders’ legs, allowing for beautiful upward transitions that appear to be invisible. These horses are trained by their riders to be light to the leg and Bernie shows us how to achieve this with  your horse.

Running time: 4 minutes and 35 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 2 - Intermediate

Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 3 - Advanced

Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg

Equitation Tips - Legs
Bernie Traurig

Bernie further breaks down equitation to it’s component parts, referencing the great examples of beautiful and effective riding that we saw in our topic, Equitation - An American Tradition of Excellence. This is a series of how-to tips to take your equitation to the next level. We start with the foundation of every rider’s position, the leg.

Running time: 4 minutes and 46 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 1

Exercises To Increase Heel Depth

Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg

Equitation Tips - Seats on Course
Bernie Traurig

In the third video from the Equitation Tip Series, Bernie discusses a quality that the top equitation riders possess - an independent seat.  This allows the riders to utilize all seats on course where they apply. Bernie offers various exercises to develop a secure, balanced, independent seat and enhance strength along with an adjustable hip angle.

Running time: 2 minutes and 38 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

A Lunge Lesson, Val Renihan

Getting Secure in Your Seat and Legs, Val Renihan

The Independent Seat, Denny Emerson 

Building Blocks to a Great Position, Parts 1-5, Bernie Traurig

European Show Jumping From the 1960s
George Morris

Here's another priceless glimpse at show jumping history captured on film by Gordon Wright and narrated by George Morris. Legendary riders and horses from a bygone era compete at iconic venues across Europe from London to Aachen to Lucerne.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 31 seconds

Evaluating The Off The Track Thoroughbred For Purchase
Bernie Traurig

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

Eventing - Mastering Your Cross Country Pace
Olivia Loiacono

In this video, international Eventer, Olivia Loiacono of OKL Eventing, shows you how to practice and master a good solid pace for the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels of the cross country course. There is a lot to think about when riding cross country; including keeping a proper galloping position to achieve a rhythmical, consistent and balanced pace. For any eventer, keeping the right pace for your level should become second nature, but it takes practice! Olivia shares some training exercises you can set up at home to establish and learn the correct pace for galloping at your level of competition. She also discusses how the reins (bridge and pulley rein) effect the horses balance - specifically the benefits of using a bridge as a tool for inexperienced riders to get better balance over their feet. Knowing different styles of holding your reins and hands is of the utmost importance when riding the eventing cross country course.

Tools you will need for this exercise include flags (or markers), meter wheel, stopwatch and your horse.

The United States Equestrian Federation's Rule Book and Omnibus listing is the official source for finding out what pace you will need to ride at for your specific level for each event.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 21 seconds

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
Bernie Traurig

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 Traurig

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 Enhance the Rider’s Balance
Archie Cox

Archie Cox joins us again and this time he shares some exercises aimed to get a rider balanced in the tack and moving as one with the horse. His rider demonstrates how the exercises help to develop heel depth and encourage independence of the arms.

Running time: 12 mintues and 12 seconds