I'm double posting here as he was an influence in the Dressage world as well as those of us in the hunter/jumper world. One of my most memorable moments riding with him was my first REAL extended trot (not the old pushemalong hunter extentended trot).
A group of us are considering wearing riding attire to services to honor him.
I had the amazing fortune to spend two years of college with Colonel as my instructor and he taught me more than any other instructor I've had before or since. I wish I was able to attend his services. The world has lost a truly great horseman.
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Oh, this is sad news. I rode in my first clinic with Col. Kitts. At the time I signed up, I didn't really know who he was, aside from that he was clearly a military officer and dressage judge.
I was a little nervous because I was riding a school horse in the clinic, one I didn't ride all the time and god knows he had his own issues, but Col. Kitts put me at ease by saying that we can learn so much from riding different horses, and that we become much better riders for learning to ride different horses.
He seemed like a lovely gentleman to me.
Last edited by Kadenz; Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM.
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I was fortunate to have been taught by him in the classroom and on horseback while was at Wilson College. He retired in 98 the year of my graduation. He was an amazing man and role model. I learned so much from him and was truly blessed to have had two years of classes with him where there were only two students in the class, talk about being able to have a special opportunity like that! So much of what he taught me will be with me forever.
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