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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman June 2018

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.
tune in

By Jocelyn Pierce At the beginning of the year, I traveled to Florida to cover the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session and to attend some photo shoots for upcoming training stories, including Selena O’ Hanlon’s on cross-country banks. Over the five-day whirlwind trip, I learned from six Olympians and headed home with fresh ideas and inspiration. On the second day of the training session, Kent Farrington taught a gymnastics masterclass and stressed training the individual horse and improving the weaknesses of both horse and rider by working on exercises that are difficult for them. He also emphasized “going off feeling” and analyzing how your horse is doing on a particular day, adjusting your plan accordingly. Similarly, in her story about fixing show-ring mistakes, hunter rider, trainer and USEF ‘R’ judge Keri Kampsen…

7 min.
happy with riding, unhappy with care

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 is good in terms of technical skill—I’d give her a score in the high 80s—but she needs help with turnout. She has a great leg, where the iron is correctly angled across the ball of her foot so the outside branch is ahead of the inside and her little toe is touching the outside. This allows for a supple ankle. Her toes are turned out and she has her calf on her horse. The angle behind her knee is a…

11 min.
cross-country crazy

Based at Fox Covert Farm, in Upperville, Virginia, Jim Wofford competed 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 to www.jimwofford.blogspot.com. Last month I wrote about preparing for competition—specifically about schooling cross-country obstacles. I was discussing the “art and science” of cross-country riding with the “science” part first. It sounds pretty scientific if I say, “Put the obstacle exactly 18 feet from the base of the bank,” and so on. But there is also an art to riding cross country, and that’s my topic for this column. According to some observers, cross country has become show jumping at speed. Although I think there is some truth to this, it will never be entirely…

8 min.
laura kraut: find your victories in the process

It was inevitable that Laura Kraut would have a life with horses.“From the youngest age I can remember, I loved horses and ponies,” Laura explained. “There was never a day that I wasn’t thinking about them, feeding them, drawing them, riding or playing with them.” Laura had a successful junior career with trainers Kathy Paxon and Ann Keenan in Georgia. As a professional in her 20s, Laura rode both hunters and jumpers until 2000, when her friend and mentor Katie Prudent convinced her to gain experience on the European show-jumping circuit. That year, Laura won her first Olympic trial at Gladstone and the $100,000 USET Open Jumper Championship. Realizing that “little by little the sport was changing, and it became difficult to do both hunters and jumpers really well,” Laura decided…

15 min.
show-ring fixes

Let’s face it: Things don’t always go to plan in the show ring. No matter how hard you practice at home, nothing replicates that environment when it’s just you and your horse in the ring and all eyes are on you. There’s no sure way of predicting how he’ll react to the jumps, how the lines will ride or what minor mistakes might snowball into bigger problems. Many classes aren’t won or lost with the first mistake but rather with the second or third. How you react can often save you a place in the ribbons. At the very least, it will turn a potential disaster into a learning experience. In this article, I’ll explain how to develop essential skills for addressing mistakes quickly and effectively. 1. Fortify Your Flatwork One of the…

1 min.
about keri kampsen

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Keri Kampsen rode with Christina Schlusemeyer and Bob Braswell at Quiet Hill Farm as a Junior. She won multiple ribbons in the major equitation finals, including a first in the 1997 ASPCA Maclay Final, second in the 1998 North American Equitation Championships, fourth in the 1998 AHSA Medal Final and sixth in the WIHS Equitation Classic. She also rode Monticello to the 1996 Large Junior Hunter and Overall Junior Hunter Horse of the Year titles. Since then, she has won multiple championships and horse of the year titles in the hunter divisions as well as ribbons in the grand prix ring. After graduating from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Keri took a private training job working for a family in California before starting…