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Jennifer M. Keeler

November 14, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Gretchen Walters Does Dressage With A Bang

Imagine this: a talented young Dutch Warmblood gelding excels in the dressage arena, but every now and then he takes a walk on the wild side by competing with his owner in mounted shooting competitions.

Yes, we said mounted shooting, as in, firing a gun. From the back of your running horse.

Take your time.

Truth be told, that’s exactly what adult amateur Gretchen Walters of Sonora, Calif., does with her dressage mount, G-Force, a 5-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contester II-Ploy).

November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Ask The Experts—Why And How Should We Ride Without Stirrups?

George H. Morris is a legendary rider, horseman, author and teacher, not to mention the chef d’equipe for the U.S. show jumping team since 2004. He has always preached the importance of riding without stirrups, and for a 2011 issue of the Chronicle, he was happy to take a few moments to underscore the importance of everyone’s least favorite training experience.

COTH: What are the benefits to riding without stirrups?

October 3, 2013

Ice Down To Ride On

Cold therapy may be ubiquitous for hard-working horses, but science hasn’t answered how effective the therapy is or even the best way to apply ice.

If you’ve ever iced a sore muscle or swollen ankle, then you’ve experienced firsthand the pain-relieving effects. Visit any training room for high-profile human athletes, and cold therapy will be part of the regimen.

January 8, 2012

2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 5: A Glimpse Of The Future

Some of the country's top young talent faced off in a mock Nations Cup competition at the conclusion of the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, Jan. 3-7 in Wellington, Fla. FEI course designer Anthony D'Ambrosio set a testing course, which gave participants a glimpse of what their future might hold as a member of the U.S. show jumping team.

January 6, 2012

2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 4: Make It Better

Despite the unfortunate illness of George Morris, which has prevented him from attending his 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, Jan. 3-7 in Wellington, Fla., organizers have continued to present an all-star lineup of instructors offering fresh ideas and methodologies. During today's sessions, Olympian Beezie Madden and U.S. Team Veterinarian Tim Ober, DVM, teamed up to school riders on the flat without stirrups while evaluating their mounts' performance from a sports medicine perspective.

Know Your Horse

January 5, 2012

2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 3: Don't Ride Stupid

On Day 3 of the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, Jan. 3-7 in Wellington, Fla., it was McLain Ward’s turn to step in and conduct the day’s lessons due to Morris’ continuing illness.  

As he got acquainted with each session's participants, Ward sent riders around the ring to get their horses loosened up. However, since the day's school was to include quite a bit of jumping, he limited the flatwork to about 15 minutes.

January 4, 2012

2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 2: Building Blocks Of Success

During the second day of the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, held Jan. 3-7 in Wellington, Fla., riders and horses schooled over basic gymnastic exercises with Kent Farrington, a member of the gold medal-winning Pan American Games team.  

January 3, 2012

2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 1: Fresh And Frisky Flatwork

Equestrians are well aware that horse shows don’t always take place under sunny skies and serene surroundings, and learning to deal with Mother Nature was the first major challenge the riders faced during the Day 1 of the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, Jan. 3-7 in Wellington, Fla.  With howling winds and cold temperatures, heavy coats were the order of the day for participants and auditors alike while horses bounced exuberantly in the volatile conditions.

January 1, 2012

Putting All The Pieces Together At The Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic

On the last day of the year, a diverse group of talented young dressage riders wrapped up a "life-changing experience" at the 2011 Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic presented by HorseShow.com, part of the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program held December 26-31 in Wellington, Fla.

In the final two days of an intense week of riding instruction and horsemanship education, participants had the opportunity to work with Olympian Courtney King-Dye and U.S. Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons, as well as practice an actual test for FEI O-level judge Gary Rockwell.

December 30, 2011

Riders Learn To Envision What They Want And Make It Happen At Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic

Some of America's best and brightest young dressage riders gathered this week in Wellington, Fla., for the inaugural Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic presented by HorseShow.com on Dec. 26-31. A new component of the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program, this event brings together the next generation of talented dressage riders for six days of intense riding with some of the sport's best athletes and coaches, including Robert Dover, Lendon Gray, Courtney King-Dye, Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly and Katherine Bateson-Chandler.

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