Equitation – An American Tradition of Excellence
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 – Legs
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
Equitation Tips – Seats on Course
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
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