My area of interest is in teaching riders to maintain and restore soundness, improve gaits, solve jumping problems, and unlock athletic potential of their horses. Building on my foundation as a serious hunter, jumper, and equitation competitor, I continue my education in dressage, biomechanics and athletic rehabilitation, and enjoy working with students who are eager to learn a riding style that does not use force or punishment but rather encourages horses to explore healthy strong body coordination.
My mentor, who taught me lightness, and how to sit and think in the saddle, was formally trained in classical dressage at a European military institution in the 1960’s. A protégé of Colonel George Margot, who was notorious for his elegance in the saddle and ability to create top level movement in ordinary horses, he competed successfully in international three-day eventing, grand prix show jumping, puissance, and grand prix dressage. After retiring from competition, he moved behind the scenes and specialized in problem solving, rehabilitation, athletic preparation of jumpers for an Olympic gold medalist. He also put the foundation work on a horse / rider team who transitioned to an Olympic coach and went on to win an individual Olympic silver medal in dressage.
Among the important take-away's from this valuable experience is that the training trajectory of elite athletes can, and should, be applied to all horses. I learned to analyze gait and jumping problems and build strategies to solve problems using classical dressage gymnastics with primary focus on the body coordination for the gymnastic. The key is that strategies, not recipes, are needed to solve problems, and small problems eventually turn into lameness if not addressed early. The strategies are grounded in both the evolving knowledge of horse and rider biomechanics, and in my practical experience with applying the knowledge and arriving at tangible lasting results.
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