In this series, I’d like to demonstrate all releases and the fundamental significance of establishing independence of the arms from the body through the development of a strong base of support. In this post, I’ll display a series of photos that represent each type of release.
Following this introduction, I will elaborate on each type of release in subsequent chapters. I’ll illustrate every release in greater detail and value. Meanwhile, you can watch Karen Healey and her demonstration riders present the various releases used in jumping disciplines in the following video: “The Progression of Releases.”
The Progression of Releases
Karen Healey and her demonstration riders present the various releases used in the jumping disciplines. Karen shows us what releases are suitable at the different stages in a rider’s development, from a beginner “reach up and grab mane” release to the most advanced following hand or automatic release. She discusses the advantages certain releases have and some common faults riders can make when incorrectly used.
Running Time: 22 minutes and 55 seconds
Michele Robert shows us the independence of the arms from the body through the development of a strong base of support
A mane release – shown by Natasha Traurig
A long crest release on top of the neck – shown by Rodney Jenkins
A subtle long crest release along the side of the crest – with Charlie Weaver
A medium crest release along the side of the crest – with Joey Darby
A short crest release – shown by Joanie Boyce
A short crest release at the top of the crest, borderline too high – shown by Bernie Traurig
The following hand, or automatic release, illustration from Gordon Wright’s book: Learning to Ride, Hunt, and Show
The following hand/automatic release in its most classical line – shown by Bill Steinkraus
The following arm/automatic release being perfectly demonstrated with both arms while turning – with Laura Kraut