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  • Who would you like to look like?

    After deciding that I look like a stiff bag of jello in a chair seat, determined to better my position, I started thinking about who I would like to look like on a horse. I've noticed that riders often start to ride the way their trainers ride, not just in effectiveness and use of the aids, but also in the position and seat. Good news for me, since my trainer is in my opinion the most elegant rider I've seen only he is a man, and I am a woman, so perhaps he is not the best position idol. I think if I had to chose right now, I would have the position/seat of Lisa Wilcox a few years ago, when she was still riding the stallions in Europe. I think then she was just about the most elegant female rider in the world, with as close to a perfect position and seat as possible.

    Who else has an amazing position? I don't care about the rest of the equation, effectiveness, training methods, philosophy, etc. don't matter here, this is purely about position - all about looks If you could chose to look like anyone else in the saddle, who would you chose?

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    Because she's who I get to see in warmup, and she has always been so kind to everyone I have seen her interact with and has always had lovely warmups that I've seen where her position never seemed to change from elegant, Cindy Jackson. There are plenty of riders who I could name based on who I see on tv, but I think that can all be deceiving.
    Originally posted by Silverbridge
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    • #3
      I love to watch JJ Tate and Heather Blitz ride.

      So, in the event that I can't look like one of them, I choose to look like Jennifer Aniston.

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      • #4
        All of the above have beautiful and effective positions. One of my all-time favorites is Courtney King-Dye.

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        • #5
          Kyra Kyrklund, Nicole Uphoff, Isabel Werth.

          Failing that, my 19-year old self.... sigh!
          Proud COTH lurker since 2001.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lost_at_C View Post
            Kyra Kyrklund, Nicole Uphoff, Isabel Werth.

            Failing that, my 19-year old self.... sigh!
            LOL, yup, 30 years(in my case) sure makes a difference, hence my sig
            I wasn't always a Smurf
            Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
            "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
            The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

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            • #7
              Paul Belasik and Uta Graf
              www.destinationconsensusequus.com
              chaque pas est fait ensemble

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              • #8
                NWDressage
                I was already thinking Lisa Wilcox before I even finished your post..

                If I think about lengthening my legs, I envision this picture:
                http://www.dressuurstalvanbaalen.nl/...20000000000113

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by suzy View Post
                  All of the above have beautiful and effective positions. One of my all-time favorites is Courtney King-Dye.
                  Second this!
                  Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"

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                  • #10
                    Anja Beran

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                    • #11
                      I definitely use the Uta Graf video for inspiration and visualization, although I do think her hands are too high at times. But her posture, seat and leg cannot be beat
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFxIPsfURq8

                      And that horse
                      On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

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                        #12
                        Nice answers!! Part of my frustration in my position is the proper alignment of head-shoulder-elbow-knee-heel, but I've noticed many riders at the top actually do not have this alignment, rather they ride with their legs a bit out in front of them. I know it sounds nit-picky, but I'm looking for an idol that really truly has correct position, as well as the elegance. That's why I chose Lisa Courtney is an excellent example too! And I somewhat idolize Katherine Bateson-Chandler (plus she is the nicest person ever!).

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                        • #13
                          Third for Courtney King-Dye

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                            #14
                            Oh Eva Moller is also gorgeous

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                            • #15
                              Silva Martin! She's a beautiful rider
                              Gallant Gesture "Liam" 1995 chestnut ottb gelding
                              Mr. Painter "Remy" 2006 chestnut ottb gelding
                              My Training Blog: www.dressagefundamentals.com

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                              • #16
                                second anja beran
                                "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer
                                http://dressagescriblog.wordpress.com/

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                                • #17
                                  Why do we always (as women) have to wish we could look like someone else? I don't get that. Everyone is different, and in dressage, your body's shape makes you ride a certain way. Doesn't it just lead to massive unhappiness to compare yourself to others all the time--when you're working hard to ride with a correct and effective seat?

                                  I recognize beautiful riders--who are built differently than I am so it's much easier for them. I would never compare myself to them and say I wanted to "look like them" in the saddle. I know that's ridiculous. Why frustrated myself that way?
                                  "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                                    Why do we always (as women) have to wish we could look like someone else? I don't get that. Everyone is different, and in dressage, your body's shape makes you ride a certain way. Doesn't it just lead to massive unhappiness to compare yourself to others all the time--when you're working hard to ride with a correct and effective seat?

                                    I recognize beautiful riders--who are built differently than I am so it's much easier for them. I would never compare myself to them and say I wanted to "look like them" in the saddle. I know that's ridiculous. Why frustrated myself that way?
                                    (bending down, thwacking my head to get the snark out)


                                    I took this to mean riding position. I was just looking at my new DT at the pictures of CKD in her column, where she comments that in one of the photos she looks like a piece of Mythy's tack. That was brilliant, and I don't need to have her body type to do that.
                                    2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                                    A helmet saved my life.

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                                    • #19
                                      For me, it's less about sitting back and wishing I looked like someone else. Instead I like to find a rider who I find beautiful and inspirational, then I watch very carefully how she sits and how she gives aids. Often, from watching very very carefully (sometimes the same transition over and over, or a segment in slow motion), I am then able to arrange my body in a new way to recreate what I see happening, or I am able to find a new way of using a muscle to give a better aid, or I am able to get a visual in my head for the timing of the aid. Then when I go back to the barn and get on my horse, I replay in my mind that beautiful rider, but instead of wishing I was her, I actually become her! Ok, not literally, but you know what I mean... Maybe I'm crazy, but it works for me! I'm a really visual learner I think.
                                      Gallant Gesture "Liam" 1995 chestnut ottb gelding
                                      Mr. Painter "Remy" 2006 chestnut ottb gelding
                                      My Training Blog: www.dressagefundamentals.com

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                                      • #20
                                        for women?

                                        ingrid klimke hands down.

                                        for all riders?
                                        i still think ingrid - she is my idol and rides so sympathetically and kindly and yet is able to get excellent performances out of her horses. plus you never really even notice her - which to me shows how good of a rider she is!

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