Riding a Final Four with Bobbie Reber

A rider's ability to be effective on a horse they have never previously ridden is a true test of horsemanship and riding skill. With only a short time frame and a limited number of practice jumps allowed in the warm-up ring, riders must quickly develop an effective strategy and potentially adjust their riding style. Bobbie Reber shares tips that she teaches her students for maximizing their time in the warm-up ring on a new mount. "In any final four situation, I try to stress how important it is that you watch each other's horses go," explains Reber. Although she applauds sportsmanship at all levels, she cautions not to rely too heavily on other riders to accurately or completely reveal all the nuances of their mount to their competitors. Rider may change saddles, but boots, bridle, and bit must remain the same. "I'm all about being fair," says Reber, "and you…

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