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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman September 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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United States
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English
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Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
favorite insights

I usually highlight articles that have influenced my horse and my riding. But producing the magazine is a team effort, so this month I want to share insights that resonated with Prac’s Managing Editor Emily Daily and Associate Editor Jocelyn Pierce. Emily’s favorite: From Lisa Wilcox—“If you happen to be on a sensitive and/or claustrophobic horse, busy warm-up rings can make achieving the relaxation and preparedness that you hope to bring to your test difficult. It’s your job to make the world a safe place for him, so devise a strategy to protect him from unnecessary warm-up stress.” Emily’s reason why: Lisa offers tips to not only survive but thrive in a chaotic warm-up ring. My mare takes every opportunity to spook or tense up in nervous show-ring situations, so Lisa’s thoughtful…

7 min.
relaxed versus stiff positions

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 I like this rider—her basics are excellent. Her leg is reminiscent of those from the 1950s and ’60s. The stirrup iron is across the ball of the foot and her foot is touching the inside branch. It is twisted so this branch leads the outside, making the iron perpendicular to her foot, not the girth. Her toes are turned out almost to the maximum 45 degrees. This stirrup and foot position allows for a strong, viselike leg, which is OK for cross country,…

11 min.
one ‘yeah, but …’ leads to another

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. Questions lead to answers, but answers always lead to more questions. For example, last month I mentioned that course designers plan their courses based on a 12-foot stride. That’s the correct answer, and I was satisfied with it—until I heard from the “yeahbuts.” You know: “Yeah, but Jim … is that true in every situation?” Of course, my answer to that has to be, “Well … er … ahh, no, not really.” Your horse’s stride can be affected by footing, terrain, size of the arena, fatigue, your technique (good or bad) and a host…

6 min.
eric navet: mindset matters

An equestrian mental-skills coach and A-circuit competitor, Tonya Johnston has a master’s degree in sport psychology. Her book, Inside Your Ride: Mental Skills for Being Happy and Successful with Your Horse is available in paperback or e-book editions. For more info on Tonya’s work, go to www.TonyaJohnston.com. Tips and perspectives from the best riders on how to mentally approach equestrian sport are like precious, unique gems—no two are the same and each one is valuable. This past spring I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with the illustrious Eric Navet that was full of such notable insights. Eric has had a long and successful career, including having been a team and individual gold medalist at the World Equestrian Games, an Olympic medalist, European champion and French champion on numerous occasions.…

10 min.
what to expect at weg

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ offer the chance of a lifetime, not only for athletes making their debut at the compilation of eight world championships but also for U.S. spectators who have never been to a competition of that magnitude. The Sept. 11–23 WEG at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, is just the second fixture to be held in the U.S. since the Games began in 1990. The first was in 2010 at the Kentucky Horse Park. If you’re putting off a trip to WEG, thinking the U.S. will host another, a better question is whether there will be another WEG anywhere because the event has become so expensive and complicated to run. “The size that it’s grown to is very challenging for any organizer to put on,”…

3 min.
the future of weg

There are a lot of unknowns about the future of the World Equestrian Games. No entity has made a bid to hold the 2022 WEG—Samorin in Slovakia decided not to go for it, though the Tryon International Equestrian Center’s interest shouldn’t be ruled out once 2018 is history. The second time likely would be easier with the extra infrastructure already in place. But would the European federations want to return to the U.S. for a WEG twice in a row? “I think following this, the FEI needs to review the whole Games concept,” said Michael Stone, the Tryon WEG’s president and sports director, who says bringing in needed infrastructure for many sites is a challenge. Ask the folks who were involved with the original winning bidder for 2018, Bromont in Quebec. When…