The Top 3 Jumper Trainers of Our Time

The Top 3 Jumper Trainers of Our Time

The sport of competitive horseback riding has produced many fine jumper riders and trainers and these three men will be considered among the legends of our time. George Morris George Morris is one of the greatest living athletes in the sport today. He was the youngest rider to ever win the Maclay medal and the AHSA Hunter Seat medal final when he was only 14. Throughout the 1950s and 60s he rode for the US on eight Nations Cup teams and in the silver medal-winning team at the 1960 Olympics. In later years he has become one of the sport’s foremost Chef d` Equipes, with three of his students as part of the 1984 Olympic gold-medal team, 3 other students competing in 1992, 3 in 1996, and he even had a student in the 2004 gold medal-winning team. Today he serves as a member of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program Committee, and the USHJA Hunt Seat Equitation Task Force among other honors. Bernie Traurig Bernie Traurig is not only an excellent rider, but an excellent trainer and teacher as well. He started riding at age 11, and had his first win in 1961, winning the AHSA medal finals and the ASPCA Maclay medal finals on his horse Trouble Maker. Since then, he has participated in over 60 show Jumping Grand Prixs and 15 dressage grand prixs worldwide, including 8 World Cup finals, and has reached the top in all 3 Olympic disciplines. He was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2009, and today stands as the West Coast’s assistant Chef d` Equip to legend George...

Educating the Horse to the Hand

Below is a segment of Philippe Karl’s response to the article “MAIN HAUTE, MAIN BASSE” (High hand, low hand) by Michel HENRIQUET in “CHEVAL MAGAZINE” July 2005: Let′s start with an untouched horse, that has never been constrained with any gadgets and let′s begin his training. The snaffle can act either on the tongue (low hands) or on the corner of the lips (high hands). Depending on their conformation or their temperament, horses try to avoid the hand, either by opening the poll to pull, by leaning on the bit or by inverting the neck. Not everyone can afford horses that are born already half-trained. The HIGH HAND Option The horse that pulls by opening the poll Firstly, ensure that raising both hands gently, slightly raising the corner of the lips, mobilizes the tongue and the jaw (swallowing leading to the RELAXATION of the whole forehand). Then, raise the inside hand to combine a marked lateral flexion of the neck with the yielding of the jaw (under these conditions, two fingers are enough). Anatomically incompatible with the blocking of the poll, this lateral flexion leads to an extension of the neck which brings the nose closer to the vertical (provided that the rider knows how to release). Methodically, first in hand, then ridden, at halt then walk, trot and lastly canter…. the rider successively relaxes, supples, lengthens and then rounds his horse. He lengthens the topline and is therefore able to manage the forward movement. The horse that leans on the bit Again acting on the corners of the lips, use half-halts to raise the base of the neck to...