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January 7, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Sheryl Ross Rides To Survive

Sheryl Ross, an equine photographer and amateur dressage rider from Menlo Park Calif., is the embodiment of the phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

She’s overcome some big obstacles over the years, from having to start over when her employee embezzled money from her hunter/jumper business, to working her way up the corporate ladder and battling cancer twice within two years. But she’s met these and more challenges with a determined smile, and she credits her strong personality traits to her life with horses.

January 3, 2015

George Morris Day 5: It's All About Homework

At the conclusion of the 2015 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, held in Wellington, Fla., Dec. 30 – Jan. 3, George Morris encouraged his students to make use of his instruction and information as they pleased, but expected them to incorporate at least a portion of the resonating lessons into their training at home.

January 3, 2015

George Morris Day 4: Submission Without Stirrups

“When you ride without stirrups you ride from your seat. When you ride with short stirrups for jumping, you ride from your leg,” said George Morris on his self-proclaimed favorite day of the 2015 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. “You should always leg-ride, but you also must learn to create a responsive horse from underneath your seat bones.”

The 12 young riders shed their stirrups on Day 4 to work their horses on the flat once again, learning to sit straight and deep in the saddle as they practiced getting their horses supple and soft in their hand.

January 2, 2015

George Morris Day 3: Mix It Up

“Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect,” said George Morris on Day 3 of the 2015 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. “But you have to be interested in perfect practice; you have to have the mentality for it. That’s called ambition, people.”

With two days of lessons in the basic fundamentals of effective riding under their belts, the clinic participants began the New Year Jan. 1, by focusing on training the details of their riding.

December 31, 2014

George Morris Day 2: The Importance Of Position

“I’m trying to teach you to be horse trainers,” George Morris told his students on Day 2 of his 2015 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Program, held in Wellington, Fla. “Horse showing is the easy part; training horses is difficult. Educate your horse. Educate your horse to accept your leg instead of being all seat-happy. Set him up for success.”

December 31, 2014

George Morris Day 1: No Tricks Or Gimmicks

“Basic dressage and classical riding, of which we can’t ever learn enough, is a positive from every perspective of the horse,” said George Morris on the first day of his 2015 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session in Wellington, Fla.

December 11, 2014

Patti Brantley Hospitalized After Foxhunting Fall

Amateur foxhunter and breeder Patti Brantley is currently in the Intensive Care Unit of the Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga., following a fall while foxhunting with her horse Debonair.

Brantley, 64, and “Trey” were hunting with Midland Fox Hounds on Dec. 7 when they turned a corner and the gelding lost his footing in the mud. The horse and rider fell together, and Trey rolled over Brantley in an effort to right himself.

November 16, 2014

Patience Pays Off For Carly Williams

“Carly is the whole package, which is what we’re really looking for here,” said Peter Wylde. “She’s a compassionate horsewoman, she has incredible work ethic in the stables, she knows how to take care of horses and she wants to learn more, and she’s an incredibly good rider. I think she has a big future in this sport.”

At the conclusion of the 2014 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, Wylde listed these reasons and more for why he and his fellow clinicians dubbed Carly Williams the overall EAP champion after three days and a Nations Cup-format competition.

November 15, 2014

Ask 5: Get To Know Your EAP Finalists

As the second day of the 2014 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session comes to a close, there's an air of confidence in the James L. Child Equestrian Center in Findlay, Ohio, as the 16 young finalists prepare to compete in a Nations Cup-format competition for the title of EAP champion.

Read about the first day of this year's EAP Nationals here.

November 14, 2014

Riding What You See At EAP Nationals

In the six years he’s been conducting clinics at USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Sessions, Peter Wylde has taught many students the ins and outs of equitation. This year, the 2004 Olympic U.S. team gold medalist (Greece) is imparting his wisdom upon a new group of eager and talented program finalists.

EAP Nationals, held for the second consecutive year at the University of Findlay (Ohio), sees 16 finalists—selected from ten regional, qualifying clinics—take part in an intensive and comprehensive training program.

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