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Flatwork for Hunters with Bobbie Reber

In any equestrian sport there are trends and evolutions to the standard of excellence, and the hunter discipline is no exception. The influx of warmbloods to the hunter ring brought with it a shift away from the hunter ideal of the past; the loose rein, poked-out nose was replaced with a more balanced and put-together package. It is a common misconception of those unfamiliar with the sport that hunters go merrily around the ring on their forehand with hindquarters trailing out behind. The reality is that counter-canter and lateral work are just as likely to be part of the warm-up for the amateur owner hunter as the grand prix jumper. The right type Bobbie Reber of Langley, BC, has had a hand in producing some of the most successful hunters to set foot in the show ring. Her formula for success is simple: focus on the basics and perfect them.…

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