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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman August 2016

It presents step by-step training programs and showing advice from recognized experts in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, and eventing, along with money- and time-saving ideas on health care and stable management.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
master your craft

After reading the stories in this issue, I noticed a common thread weaving the articles together: practice, practice, practice. Whether we’re working on exercises in the saddle, boosting our technical knowledge by reading an article from a favorite professional or getting in better shape, we are ultimately practicing to become the best horsemen possible. Legendary trainer Bernie Traurig’s words from a recent workshop (page 46) struck a chord with me as he addressed his group of students: “Every moment you’re in the tack, you’re either training or untraining your horse.” Though I have a young child and limited time these days, I still have high aspirations as a rider and seek other ways to further my education. Fortunately, spending time in the saddle isn’t the only way to become a better rider.…

7 min.
which horse would george like to ride?

George H. Morris is the former chef d’équipe of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Team. He serves on the USEF National Jumper Committee and Planning Committee, is an adviser to the USEF High-Performance Show Jumping Committee and is president of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. 1 Our first rider’s stirrup is too long, which is a common problem for many riders. They ride too short on the flat and too long over jumps. Your stirrup length must be longer for slow riding, such as flatwork or dressage, where you want to be close to the saddle, and shorter for fast riding, where you have to be off the horse. With a shorter stirrup, a rider can keep the heel down and calf in contact with the horse’s sides. This…

5 min.
choose the best arabian sporthorse

5-year-old mare Arabian DISCIPLINE: Pleasure 4-year-old gelding Anglo-Arabian DISCIPLINE: Eventing/Dressage 9-year-old gelding Oldenburg/Arabian DISCIPLINE: Hunter/Jumper To learn about Julie’s evaluation philosophy and to see an example of how to best present your horse for this column, visit www.PracticalHorsemanMag.com. Whether judging a model class, evaluating a prospect for a client or sizing up the yearlings at home, I first stand back and look for an overall impression of balance and symmetry. My ideal horse “fits” in a square box. By that, I mean he is defined by matching and equal parts, both front to back and side to side. This allows for athletic ability, soundness, trainability and longevity in the job. A horse who fits in a box will have a body made up of one-third shoulder, one-third back and one-third hindquarters. I like to see the withers and…

8 min.
some tips for trainers

Based at Fox Covert Farm, in Upperville, Virginia,Jim Woffordcompeted in three Olympics and two World Championships and won the U.S. National Championship five times. He is also a highly respected coach. For more on Jim, go towww.jimwofford.blogspot.com. My column is usually written for riders. I have been teaching for half a century, have learned some lessons along the way and thought that this month it might be useful to talk about those lessons with readers who are also professionals. If you are a professional, then (according to Webster’s Dictionary) you are engaged in an activity that you consider your “principal calling, vocation or employment.” It is understandable that the employment part of Webster’ definition looms large in your thoughts. After all, this is the way you make your living. However, you should…

9 min.
jack towell: ‘make the shot when it counts’

Jack Towell started riding as a young child in Salisbury, North Carolina. By the age of 17, he was already training and would leave high school at noon to go to a nearby farm to teach his clients. Fast forward more than 40 years; in May at the Devon Horse Show, Jack was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. Jack’s students have won more than 75 champion and reserve champion titles at the fall indoor shows, making him one of the only trainers to consistently win at that level in equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. Two of Jack’s children followed him into the business. His daughter, Liza Towell Boyd, steered Brunello to three consecutive wins as the USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015. That achievement…

13 min.
2016 olympics: the road to rio

For the first time since the 2004 Olympics in Athens, it looks as if the United States has the possibility of medaling in all three equestrian disciplines at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5–21. Rider talent and top horses are abundant. Now all that’s needed after a long and painstaking selection process in show jumping, eventing and dressage is some luck as South America stages its first Olympics. The biggest difference from 2012 for the jumping team, said coach Robert Ridland, is the fact that “our depth is so vastly improved over four years ago. Our second team would be a real contender for the Games. That obviously reflects well on where we are.” David O’Connor, the eventing chef d’équipe/technical adviser, said about his discipline’s team candidates: “The nice…