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  • Doug Payne

    I just read the new practical horseman magazine and eventer Doug Payne had a very long training article. I have never heard of this fellow but reading the article was a delight. And from the photos he looked like a splendid rider! It was truly a treat to read and I hope you all get the chance. The schooling exercises were great as well, I cannot wait to practice!

  • #2
    Love Doug Payne! He's had a reputation as a sort of 'miracle worker' with difficult horses for a while now - in fact, The Alchemist, who is running his second Rolex, was trained and competed originally by Doug. There was a good article about him a couple years back in PH, I'll see if I can track it down.

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    • #3
      I've never met Doug Payne but the instructional video he did with Jimmy Wofford (The Rider's Eye) is awesome! I totally recommend it to anyone. It's especially nice because I probably won't ever be brave enough for anything higher than Novice but I can ride vicariously (and much, much better; he's such a lovely rider!) through the magic of helmet cam. From his commentary on the DVD I'd imagine he's probably a great instructor as well.
      I love my Econo-Nag!

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      • #4
        starkissed, I believe Doug posts on COTH from time to time. If you have any questions about whatever exercises were in PH, chances are he'd be happy to clarify if you shoot him an email. Since you don't seem to know much about him, he's Marilyn Payne's son - she judged at Hong Kong in 2008 and was called in to do Rolex this year. I worked for her for some time and occasionally got loaned out to Doug, and yes, he is a quiet but very effective rider.
        http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ncer/?start=20

        Mares are like neutrons. If there are too many in an area, you approach critical mass. And then there are explosions. Loud ones.

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        • #5
          He's a good rider to be sure. The rest can be hit or miss.
          Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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          • #6
            Good article, lots of good stuff to apply to jumpers as well as eventing. Only complaint was his barely buckled helmet in the photos. Like getting in a car with airbags and not buckling a seat belt.
            Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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            • #7
              I just read that new PH article the other day! I didn't know who DP was before I read it, but I have to say I was very impressed by his riding in the photos. I really enjoyed the article (even though I don't event, it's nice to learn about). I'd love to watch his DVDs. Kudos to Doug!
              Will He Win
              May 3, 1989 - March 22, 2010
              I will miss you every day until I see you again. I love you, Willy.

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              • #8
                no one mentioned his mom just judged at rolex...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Caroline Weber View Post
                  starkissed, I believe Doug posts on COTH from time to time. If you have any questions about whatever exercises were in PH, chances are he'd be happy to clarify if you shoot him an email. Since you don't seem to know much about him, he's Marilyn Payne's son - she judged at Hong Kong in 2008 and was called in to do Rolex this year. I worked for her for some time and occasionally got loaned out to Doug, and yes, he is a quiet but very effective rider.
                  ^She did

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                  • #10
                    Clinics

                    Does he get out and clinic around the country at all? Just wondering as I enjoyed the PH article as well.
                    DulciusexAsperis
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LexInVA View Post
                      He's a good rider to be sure. The rest can be hit or miss.








                      Raised eyebrow! The rest of what?
                      Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                      Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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                      • #12
                        wow, I can't believe how many are just hearing about doug. he's a really nice guy, very approachable at events and pretty hard to miss. Follow the trail of yellow and red, if it's not bruce or buck, you've found doug.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blazing saddles View Post
                          wow, I can't believe how many are just hearing about doug. he's a really nice guy, very approachable at events and pretty hard to miss. Follow the trail of yellow and red, if it's not bruce or buck, you've found doug.
                          I was just thinking the same thing. I am surprised so many people haven't heard of him. He's a lovely rider and very personable.


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                          • #14
                            Article exercises on video

                            Originally posted by billiebob View Post
                            I've never met Doug Payne but the instructional video he did with Jimmy Wofford (The Rider's Eye) is awesome! I totally recommend it to anyone. It's especially nice because I probably won't ever be brave enough for anything higher than Novice but I can ride vicariously (and much, much better; he's such a lovely rider!) through the magic of helmet cam. From his commentary on the DVD I'd imagine he's probably a great instructor as well.
                            FYI - The exercises Doug goes through in the article are taken from "The Rider's Eye" video, so if you are intrigued or want to see them in action, from the groun or on helmet cam, (or with the invaluable commentary of Jim Wofford), check out this video!
                            I evented just for the Halibut.

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                            • #15
                              Yep.. I've already pulled that article out and have put it in my "book of exercises to do" book!

                              We're prepping for the T3D this Fall, so... it's a gymnastics a week until then! Starting with Jimmy Woffords book and will add in this too (If it's not already in his book). I loved it!! Can't wait to get to it too!

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                              • #16
                                Just met him a couple of times very casually and he seems like a hell of a nice guy.

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                                • #17
                                  And he takes pretty good pictures too.. I've seen!
                                  Mark
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                                  • #18
                                    You can't blame me for not knowing about him, since I spend most of my time in Dressage Land.

                                    I have met his mom when she worked and I volunteered at a couple different shows, and she's super, super nice. I'm definitely not surprised that her son would be a nice person too! Would love to meet him and see him ride in person sometime!

                                    Lex -- are you speaking from experience? Have you met Doug? Please clarify your comment for me (as I can only cope with vague in certain realms).
                                    Will He Win
                                    May 3, 1989 - March 22, 2010
                                    I will miss you every day until I see you again. I love you, Willy.

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                                    • #19
                                      A judging question: how legal is it for Marilyn, judging this year at Rolex, to judge Doug, riding this year at Rolex?

                                      (On a separate judging note, Marilyn judged at a dressage show I went to a few years ago and raved about my horse, giving her a couple 69%s at First Level and reportedly calling her "my pet" to the scribe; Doug last summer judged the same horse at Novice and was totally lukewarm about her, told me she was pokey and slow and gave me a very sad 34 for what I thought was my best test yet that year! Other riders in my division told me your horse had to be running in order to be forward enough for him!)
                                      Eventing-A-Gogo: Adventures of a Barefoot Event Horse and her Human
                                      The Reeling: An Unexpected Mareventure

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Ritazza View Post
                                        A judging question: how legal is it for Marilyn, judging this year at Rolex, to judge Doug, riding this year at Rolex?
                                        Doug did not compete at Rolex this year. At the moment, Doug's really nice up and coming horses have not yet begun competing at Advanced (Tali is at prelim and Running Order is going Intermediate). Doug's sister Holly had been entered earlier in the spring but opted to try another year. I don't know what the rule is with children or other relatives, but the rule about judges and their students is I believe a 30-day period without the judge having given a lesson/training. Granted, I can tell you from experience that your trainer will judge you more stringently.

                                        But no, there was no conflict of interest this year.
                                        http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ncer/?start=20

                                        Mares are like neutrons. If there are too many in an area, you approach critical mass. And then there are explosions. Loud ones.

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