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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman July 2017

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.
four disciplines, similar themes

We have stories covering four disciplines this month: jumpers, eventers, dressage and hunters. At first glance, they seem specific to their own sports. But if you spend more time with them, you realize that several underlying themes connect them: your horse needs to understand what you want, you need to give clear aids and he has to react to them immediately. French Olympian Eric Navet and up-and-coming grand prix rider Karl Cook share a philosophy that everything they do is about the horse and rider understanding each other (page 26). On course, for instance, the horse has to “understand that if Eric moves his body this way, a certain thing has to happen,” says Karl. Eric goes on to explain that the understanding, built through communication, has to be instantaneous. How precise…

7 min.
four riders with good legs

George H. Morrisis 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 has a very, very good position, and it starts with her leg, which is a rider’s foundation and gives her security. This rider’s correct stirrup length is reflected by the angle behind her knee, which is 100 to 110 degrees. The position of her foot is a little old-fashioned with her instep against the inside branch of the iron and her toes out about 45 degrees, the maximum a rider wants. That foot position is not wrong, but a leg…

6 min.
a rolex hat trick for michael jung

Based at FoxCovert 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 jimwoffordblogspot.com The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event marketing slogan— “The best weekend all year”—rang true this spring as record-breaking crowds watched record-breaking performances at the Kentucky Horse Park. Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc. has sponsored this event since 1981, and it is a sign of success and growth in the sport that larger dressage audiences showed up for both days of dressage this year despite cold rain and high wind. The KHP is used to big competitions, and Rolex, aided by nearly 2,000 volunteers, runs smoothly. The Ground Jury did a good job of maintaining their…

2 min.
michael jung and fischerrocana fst

1. I have been watching Michael Jung for 10 years, but I have never seen him ride like he did at Rolex 2017. This photo gives you an idea of the size of the first table at 10A, the signature “Head of the Lake.” Note the drop on the landing side. Cross-country course designer Derek di Grazia uses the terrain as well as height and spread when he places his fences. As for Michael’s position, he is right where he should be—light, poised and balanced. Roxie looks like a kid rushing downstairs on Christmas morning. 2. Things change in a flash at the four-star level and riders must be quick to go to Plan B. The drop affected Roxie more than Michael had thought and her first stride is too short.…

2 min.
maxime livio and qalao des mers

The file that arrived with the photos for this section was entitled “Hot French Guy.” I had to look it up on the Internet to understand the context. Tall, dark and handsome works, but it really works when you are Maxime Livio, the only guy around to have recently defeated Olympic gold medalist Michael Jung, which he did at Pau CCI**** in France last year. It works even better when you have a horse as nice as Qalao des Mers. I am built somewhat close to the ground, so I am jealous of anyone tall enough to jump a maximum drop and land in a forward position. Considering that Fence 4A, the Mighty Moguls, was a test of straightness as well as scope, it is a big advantage when you…

1 min.
zara tindall and high kingdom

The 2006 World champion, Zara Tindall (née Phillips), is as streaky a rider as I have ever seen. When she is on form, as she has been this year, you’d better look out because she is going for it. She and her Olympic veteran, High Kingdom (“Trevor”), are obviously jumping at a high rate of speed. Zara is an all-around horsewoman and is comfortable galloping with shorter stirrups than most riders. This gives her upper body unusual stability and allows her to sit behind the motion without sitting down. Her weight is just inside the turn and she is using both reins to turn, not just pulling on the inside rein. We see her turning quickly after Fence 4C, the Mighty Moguls, ready to waste no time in galloping away…