I started my day off watching George teach at Gladstone. He is always a tremendous inspiration. First, he rode a big grey on the flat. As he schooled the horse to "legs to hands", he told the audience how he was using his aids and why. This kind of teaching is so marvelous to experience. Watching the horse change to self carriage and oneness with the rider. George, in the moment describing each thought and feeling. Always a treat to observe.
He then started schooling the 4 riders over fences. As he mentioned, I rode with him over these type of exercises for 17 years! It was indeed familiar and refreshing to watch and listen to his corrections, advice and philosophy. His stressing of the basics, always striving for excellence, keeping a high standard, guarding against laziness and that it's not only about riding, but management of the horses. So much of his wisdom has created Champions and Olympians!
His students and horses did well taking his instruction. They worked on following to the fence, distance, turning, the half halt, lengthening and shortening. They finishing jumping a water with "pace to the base". It was a wonderful session to watch. I hope to return over the weekend. I so hope people will take advantage and go watch George teach live at Gladstone!
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