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Denny Emerson

April 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: How You Can Be Ready For Rolex Without Riding At All

Since the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** starts next week, we thought it would be good to share this tongue-in-cheek prep guide our Between Rounds columnist Denny Emerson wrote a few years ago...

The Rolex Kentucky CCI is the largest gathering of eventing enthusiasts in North America. The tens of thousands of spectators actually include some who are riveted by the athletic performance of horses and riders. Many more, though, come to soak up the atmosphere of big-league eventing, to see and to be seen, and to be an important part of the hypnotic spectacle.

February 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Hacking Out—It's More Than You Think

This Denny Emerson Between Rounds column ran in a 2009 print edition of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Some riders call it hacking, some call it trail riding, while others simply say, “I’m going for a ride.”

Almost all riders do some riding out in the fields, woods, dirt roads, or even on the verges of traveled highways. They differentiate hacking from schooling, in that hacking usually has less clearly defined goals than jumping or working in dressage, although hacking is used by many riders as a fitness workout.

January 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Finding And Making The Time To Ride

Our columnist points out that a rider’s success largely boils down to how many hours he spends in the saddle.

There are several diverse groups of riders who all know, to varying degrees, that in order to become better they need to ride more hours than they currently do.  

February 4, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Have You Got What It Takes?

Will you brave a buffalo hunt, a stampede or a decade of sitting trot?

In riding, as in life, what we think and say we want to do is often at odds with what we actually do.
   
There’s been much discussion about the direction of current American riding and riders, much of it negative. We’re not as brave as we used to be, we’re not as skilled as in years past, we’re lazy, we want big results but, except in dollars, we’re unwilling to pay the price. The list goes on.

January 7, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Down Time For The Sport Horse

As some areas of the country endure a frigid cold snap and others get going with a winter show season, it's a great time to re-visit one of columnist Denny Emerson's Between Rounds forums for the print Chronicle. This article ran in 2010...

In 1950, when I first became involved with horses on a daily basis at the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School in Greenfield, Mass., the frequently harsh conditions of the New England winter created automatic downtime for horses.

September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Why Do Fritz And Heidi Beat Sally And Bill?

In 2006, Chronicle columnist Denny Emerson looked at the awesome results of the German riders at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, and asked what factors contribute to these prototypical young German riders so often defeating their American counterparts.

August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday: "You Might Be A Real Horseman If..."

Last Christmas, someone gave me a "You might be a real redneck if..." daily calendar. Today's entry, for example, is "You might be a real redneck if your truck has 12 bumper stickers but no inspection sticker."

Naturally, I began to wonder why we couldn't have a "You might be a real horseman if. . ." calendar too? I don't have 365 witty sayings to fill one up, but these sample entries would fill up a month and a half. I'll leave it up to the rest of you to think of 320 more of them to fill out an entire horseman's year.

"You might be a real horseman if..."

April 23, 2014

How You Can Be Ready For Rolex Without Riding At All

The Rolex Kentucky CCI is the largest gathering of eventing enthusiasts in North America. The tens of thousands of spectators actually include some who are riveted by the athletic performance of horses and riders. Many more, though, come to soak up the atmosphere of big-league eventing, to see and to be seen, and to be an important part of the hypnotic spectacle.

February 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Jump Ahead Of The Horse!

Our columnist analyzes one of the most common jumping faults—and how to avoid it.

During the summer of 1961 I was working as a very lowly assistant trainer of Morgan show horses at the Green Mountain Stock Farm in Randolph, Vt., when I drove down to South Hamilton, Mass., one weekend to watch the Wofford Cup, then the U.S. National Championship Three-Day Event.

January 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The 10,000-Hour Club—Are You A Member?

In a column that appeared in the June 19, 2009 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, our columnist wondered how many people actually accrue the mileage necessary to be truly proficient on a horse.

It’s pretty obvious that the more we do something, the easier it gets. Little children in kindergarten and first grade learn the alphabet by repeating A-B-C-D-E-F-G, over and over again, until they can say it in their sleep.

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