40 Fundamentals of English Riding: Essential Lessons in Riding Right

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Storey Publishing, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 179 pages
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Master the 40 basic elements essential to all riders in the classic disciplines of dressage, jumping, and eventing with this book and 90-minute DVD showing action sequences for each fundamental. These fundamentals include correct seat, leg, and hand positions for the rider; the three basic gaits of walk, trot, and canter; how to perform halt and half-halt; how to direct a horseŐs movement correctly and energetically; the stages of the training scale (rhythm, looseness, contact, impulsion, straightness, and collection); and how to perform basic schooling figures in the arena, from circles and serpentines to diagonals. Each fundamental is defined and explained in text and photos throughout the book, as well as in the 90-minute DVD, with an emphasis on how to avoid common errors. The DVD won a Telly Award for excellence in video production.Ę
 

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Contents

Riding Position
4
The Riding Aids
30
Working on Gaits
48
The Training Scale
81
Key Riding Techniques
116
School Figures
127
Lateral Work
150
The Destination Intuitive Riding
160
How the Book and DVD Work Together
168
Cast of Characters
170
Index
172
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Hollie McNeil is the owner and head trainer at Riding Right Farm in South Cambridge, New York.nbsp; The facility provides more than 3000 riding lessons each year, plus numerous shows, clinics and events.nbsp; Hollie holds a German Trainer's License, and an International Trainers Passport, recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).nbsp; She has been awarded Large and Small Bronze Performance Medals in Dressage and Jumping from the German Federation (FN). She started riding when she was four and has enjoyed a vast array of riding experiences, from western riding and show jumping, to work at a harness track and breezing Thoroughbreds at Saratoga.nbsp; For the past 30 years Hollie has been a serious student of dressage, showing and training through the FEI level.nbsp; She lives in New York.

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