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Lindsay Berreth

January 3, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 4: No Stirrups In Sight

All week, George Morris has reiterated that riding a horse is hard, even if the concepts seem simple. To learn correct basics, one must practice perfection with discipline and concentration.

Those basics got a lot harder on Jan. 3, Day 4 of his Horsemastership Training Session, as riders came to the ring without their stirrups for 45 minutes of flatwork.

Morris said he likes to ride at least once a week without stirrups to develop a better seat and feel, even now after seven decades in the sport.

January 2, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 3: Adjustability Is Key

“Horse training is playing,” said George Morris on Day 3 of his Horsemastership Training Session on Jan. 2. “Lengthen, shorten, turn. It’s playful. It’s not temper and emotion and drama.”

But the second day of gymnastics wasn’t all fun and games. Morris continued his insistence of the correct basics of position, but didn’t harp on small mistakes the horses made.

Morris started the day by reviewing his methods, which again included impulsion.

January 1, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 2: Detail-Oriented Jumping

 “We’re not in hunter land today, we’re in training land,” said George Morris as he began Day 2 of his Horsemastership Training Sessions, Jan. 1 in Wellington, Fla.

And although the 12 participants were learning, they were still expected to attend to the details as they began incorporating yesterday’s flatwork into gymnastic jumping exercises.

“Someone said that when they rode with me it was like being eaten alive by a duck,” Morris quipped. “Well it is like being eaten alive by a duck. Detail is like being eaten alive by a duck.”

December 31, 2013

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 1: A Lesson In Leg And Lateral Work

“This is the meat and potatoes of riding,” George H. Morris said about the shoulder-in. And while he focused on bend and lateral flexion and the shoulder-in for sure, Morris served up plenty of other side dishes of wisdom on Dec. 31. Twelve of the country’s top young riders made their way to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., to participate in the eighth George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions.

December 20, 2013

Grand Prix Knock-Out Dressage To Debut At Adequan GDF

One of biggest obstacles dressage faces is how to make it more easily understandable to the general public, and Adequan Global Dressage Festival sports director Thomas Baur is hoping he’s found the solution.

Grand Prix Knock-Out Dressage will make its debut at the Adequan GDF in Wellington, Fla., on Jan. 10, right before the evening’s featured freestyle class.

December 17, 2013

AECs May Seek Permanent Texas Home

When the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships moved to the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler this year for a three-year stint, after three years at Chattahoochee Hills (Ga.), many people questioned how accessible the event would be to most riders. More than half (60.28%) of the USEA’s 11,528 members live in the eastern third of the United States (Areas I, II, III and VIII), while 6.91 percent of members live in Area X and 21.95 percent are in Areas X, IX, IV and V combined. The remaining 16.98 percent of USEA members live on the West Coast, Areas VI and VII.

December 9, 2013

Groesbeck Receives Broussard Grant

Although the weather prevented Katy Groesbeck from attending the U.S. Eventing Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Cincinatti, Ohio, winning the $30,000 Rebecca Broussard Developing Rider Grant more than made up for the canceled flight.

December 2, 2013

New FDA-Approved Injectable Osteoarthritis Drug Available Soon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a new drug for the treatment of equine joint dysfunction due to non-infectious synovitis or osteoarthritis.

NexHA, a purified hyaluronate sodium product, will provide U.S. veterinarians with an alternative to Legend, another hyaluronate sodium solution, made by Bayer and commonly used to treat and maintain joint dysfunction in horses.

December 2, 2013

I’ve Been Ripped Is Making His Mark In The Dressage Ring

When Jessica Fussner first laid eyes on I’ve Been Ripped ++//, she couldn't have dreamed she’d be cantering down centerline with him, let alone at the FEI levels. But 14 years later, Fussner’s earned her U.S. Dressage Federation bronze and silver medals aboard the Arabian-Paint cross, and she’s set on achieving gold.

Fussner first met “Rip” when he was a foal. Her aunt bred him, and Fussner's family bought him as a 2-year-old. She'd grown up competing Arabians in breed shows, so naturally began training and showing Rip with that focus in mind. 

November 22, 2013

USEF Seeking Eventing Show Jumping Coach

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team have begun the search for an eventing show jumping coach. This individual will be responsible for evaluating and improving the show jumping skills of training-listed riders and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. This individual will report directly to David O'Connor, team coach.

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