October has been a fantastic month for my students and some of my former working students. Katie Cox and Hunter Holloway-Schuknecht finished 1st and 2nd in the U 25 Jumper Classic at Harrisburg. Hunter was also Champion and Leading Rider of the U 25 division. Hunter won the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals Championship. Both girls rode with me as working students in the last 2 years. Katie and Hunter are talented, hard working, hungry to learn and grow. It is extremely rewarding for me watching them go after their dreams and having success!
Linda Sheridan and her mare Vantina HPF won the $20,000 Palermo Grand Prix. I am so thrilled for Linda. We did a few shows together, with nice results. It was a rewarding day for all of us!
I enjoyed doing commentary for the $130,00 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC LIVE with John Kyle Speaks. It was wonderful to see 3 U.S. riders finish first, second and third in this World Cup qualifier. Lauren Hough and Ohlala took the blue ribbon, Laura Kraut and Confu were second, Kent Farrington and Creedance were third.
I am in Kentucky this week at the National Horse Show. I am commentating on the jumper classes and the Maclay Finals with George Morris. You can watch the webcast at EQsports.net.
I am excited to announce that I will be one of the clinicians for the 11th annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, to be held at The Stadium at Equestrian Village in Wellington, Fla., January 3-7, 2017.
Correct Your Seat with this Simple Exercise by Anne Kursinski
An effective and easy way to correct your seat while riding is to drop your stirrups. Immediately you become more centered and in correct balance. Naturally, you lengthen your legs and become more one with your horse. Without the stirrup irons to brace on, you melt into your horse's back. Your seat follows the horse's back. You engage your core and low back. Sometimes I do this for just a few minutes to readjust my seat. It is a remarkable quick fix for students to be more effective in transitions and lateral work. The secret is to then ride as well once you take your irons back. If you aren't as effective with them, simply drop your irons again! In the video, eventer, Matt Brown demonstrates this exercise.
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