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There are few greater thrills than galloping around a cross-country course ñ but an out-of-control horse is anything but a thrill to ride and poses a danger to itself and its rider. Successful eventing requires speed, but with complete control.Canadian Eventing Team member and 2012 Olympian Michele Mueller, who took her mount Amistad to the four-star level and is currently developing Politically Correct, her seven-year-old Dutch warmblood/Thoroughbred cross, knows that it is not always easy to control a strong horse that loves to run. Here are her hints and exercises for developing speed control in your eventer.
There are three different approaches to riding a bending line: the direct track, the natural track, and the outside track. Which track you choose really depends on a great number of variables. What type of class it is? What size is your horse’s stride? Is it towards home or away from home? Is it the […]
Dr. Ulf Mˆller is regarded as one of the worldís leading specialists in the development of young dressage horses. He has been responsible for the training of championship young horses for top German breeder Hof Kasselman since 1998, and is also the sales manager for Performance Sales International. Dr. Mˆller sees the FEI young horse tests as valuable assets, giving trainers and riders a benchmark for what five- and six-year-old horses should be able to perform. However, he cautions trainers against having rigid expectations that donít take into account the individual horse. ìFeelingî the horse is paramount to finding the balance between asking for what it is ready to give without pushing it too hard.Dr. Mˆller made his first visit to Canada in August 2013 when he gave a young horse symposium hosted by the Alberta Dressage Association.
Ashley McInnisAshley, 32, has been a familiar face in the show ring since her very successful junior years. The Barrie, ON, native graduated from the University of Guelph and Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a partner at the law firm of Stewart, Esten. Under the tutelage of Greg Kuti, she campaigned four mounts in […]
In an industry increasingly enamoured with full-service facilities and the endless pursuit of red ribbons and points, mastering the basics of horsemanship gives the students of long-established facilities the building blocks to lead the industry into the future.
Most young athletes cannot afford to supplement their sport of choice on their own, even if they have family assisting them. Attracting sponsors to help defray showing and training costs can be the answer ñ but it takes work.
This BC native's hopes for a professional dressage career came to a screeching halt just as she was beginning a steady ascent up the ranks, when simultaneous injuries to both her shoulder and her top horse forced her to re-evaluate her path.
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