With the same trademark smile that has won over fans around the world, U.S. Grand Prix dressage rider Charlotte Jorst is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime as she and her mount Kastel’s Nintendo were recently named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as one of only two North American representatives to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, being held March 23-27, 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden at the Gothenburg Horse Show.
Body position influences your horse whether you are standing still or moving. Correct position is the basic skill riders must master in order to progress up the riding tree. Unless you correctly position your own body, you cannot influence your horse to use its body correctly. If you could view yourself from the side, a plumb line held by your ear should drop straight down through your shoulder, hip and heel.
My horse is, all-in-all, very well behaved on the ground. He has a lot of personality though and likes to express this through tossing his head--up, down, sideways. It is like he doesn't think and forgets I am there and swings his head around to look at something or tosses it in anticipation. Not a huge problem, yet, but he invades my space and I am going to end up with a shiner or fat lip if he catches me off guard.
Of all of the places I've been fortunate enough to ride in my life, I wonder if I have a favorite. From beautiful beaches to steep rocky mountains, which terrain is the most fun? Picking my way through green trees to loping across a sage brush covered field, which gives the best experience? If I had to choose looking down into a pine filled valley or seeing innumerable wild flowers in a meadow, which is my favorite view?
For the fourth consecutive year, the Hollow Creek Farm Nations’ Cup Series will spotlight the next generation of show jumping superstars through its Children, Junior and Young Rider Nations’ Cup program. Having proved extremely popular the past three seasons, the program gives young competitors from around the globe an opportunity to come together and experience team pressure and camaraderie by competing in their own marquee Nations’ Cup events.
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce a new location for the 2016 European Derby and Pre-Futurity offering more than €124,000-added money. The sixth edition of this prestigious event will take place at the Messezentum Fairgrounds in Augsburg, Germany, the venue where the renowned ‘Americana’ is hosted every two years.
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