Which Release is Best for Lower Level Hunter and Equitation Classes?
An Exercise To Perfect The Automatic Release
A great way to get off the neck for balance and move from the crest release to connection with the mouth, or the “Automatic Release.”
Running Time: 12 minutes and 7 seconds
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 rider’s can make when incorrectly used.
Running Time: 22 minutes and 55 seconds
Teaching the Automatic Release – The Hagman Formula, Part 1
The automatic release is an essential skill in every good rider’s toolbox. The use of it promotes a soft elastic connection with the mouth that follows the horse’s neck (bascule) over a jump. Additionally, the automatic release or following arms, illustrates the independence of the rider’s seat and legs. In this topic Jim Hagman, founder and head coach of Elvenstar (one of the West Coast’s most successful show stables), presents his formula for introducing and perfecting this, the most advanced release. Joining Jim as demonstrator is his superstar student, Sydney Hutchins, whose mastery of the automatic release was evident recently during her two giant wins – the 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West and the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regionals West!
Running Time: 6 minutes and 37 seconds
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