At the Nations Cup stage as part of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Canada, Kent Farrington provided a complete overview of the entire distance of the route designed by course designer Leopold Palacios. The American competitor not only explained in what order obstacles should be overcome, but also described in detail what “pitfalls” riders and their horses might encounter when moving according to a pattern. In addition, Kent Farrington on his example shared information on how to spend the most rational 45 seconds that are given to each rider to familiarize the horse with the route to the intersection of the start line.
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As your young horse grows older, you need to clearly understand your goal and make adjustments to your work plan. If with a five-year-old horse I try to pay more attention to finding contact through numerous transitions between gait, then at the age of 6, the horse should already be able to carry itself and have a good balance for performing lateral movements.
Tip: It’s always nice to discover your horse’s talent, for example, for flying free movements, but do not dwell on this. Focus on what doesn’t work out so well.
I recommend taking a whip with you, but only as a means of correcting and clarifying your requests, but Continue reading
Untidy appearance, rude work with hands, clamped fit – do not even hope that all this will go unnoticed in the diagram. As soon as the rider appears on the battlefield, he immediately undergoes a thorough, even if not intentional, analysis of a specialist. And what exactly makes up the first impression of the rider and how not to shock the judges in the negative sense of the word, Yuri Romanov, judge of the international category 4 *, told us.
Yuri notes that the most important rule of every judge is the “first time” rule. Whatever the famous horseman, no matter what reputation he possesses, the judge must remain unbiased and give ratings as if every time a completely new, completely unknown person appears before him. Continue reading