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Is there a perfect jumping picture?

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  • Is there a perfect jumping picture?

    This is sort of a "critique" question in reverse... does anyone have a picture of what they think shows a perfect jumping position? It doesn't have to be a personal picture, but since I've only started to jump, I'd like to see what I'm supposed to be doing.

  • #2
    Brianne Goutal (Won all major equitation finals)

    Beezie Madden

    Jill Henselwood

    The ever so famous George Morris (I'd definitely recommend the book too to figure out exactly what you should be trying to do!)

    Mclain Ward

    Jessica Springstein

    There are many other fabulous examples (with critiques) in 'Hunter Seat Equitation' by George Morris. Definitely get the book! These are some that I could think of and could also find on the internet.

    ETA: Perfect is pretty hard to find but IMO all these riders are generally pretty good examples.

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    • #3
      cant find it right now, but im sure someone can post the link of that pretty famous GM pic which shows the perfect auto release and prettymuch overall great eq.

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      • #4
        I know of one!
        It's a pic I for a long time thought was of my bigg boss but turned out to be of her daughter.
        It's a schooling pic of her jumping out off a table style bank and it is as far as I can recall pretty much perfect old school Equitation. GM would love it!
        She is perfectly balanced, you'd have to look twice to see it's a bank jump.
        The pic is about 10-12 years old so she's wearing the hunt "cap" that was still OK to show in a decade ago which gives it that old time flair.
        Either way, her position is perfect, her release is text book and what gives me the biggest kick is that I am fairly sure (will have to doubble check my sources) that the horse she is on was young then but in time retired into into our shool program and is still active teaching beginner riders.

        I'll try to find, scan and post it but I'm computer challenged so bear with me if it takes a few days.
        Timothy, stop lurking


        • #5
          this is amazing!


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by klmck63 View Post
            There are many other fabulous examples (with critiques) in 'Hunter Seat Equitation' by George Morris. Definitely get the book! These are some that I could think of and could also find on the internet.
            Just ordered the book! Thank you for the suggestion!

            Thanks to everyone who posted pics. They're really helpful!


            • #7
              Originally posted by Miss Behave'n View Post
              This is my all time fave pic I think. Esp of an auto release. I used to have a pic of some top rider when I was a very little girl on a giant chestnut stallion that was literally a perfect picture but I lost it in a move and have never been able to find it on the net. I cut it out of the chronicle when I was 5 or 6. I wish I could remember who it was. I can see it perfectly in my head but just can't put a face to the rider.

              As far as current riders today Mclain Ward always gets my vote for beautiful style and effectiveness. I could watch him ride all day.

              And def buy George's book. Lots of great info and really nice pics.


              • #8
                klmck - sorry but as good as the riders you show are, and as nice as the eq is overall in those pictures for the level they are competing at, some of them (most notably Beezie and Jill) are FAR from perfect equitation!!!!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by klmck63 View Post
                  WHO is that horse? I want that horse!

                  Of the list in this post, Brianne was by far the best. Everyone else had some fairly major flaws. That is not saying they are not incredibly effective riders - hello...Beezie! But when talking equitation, those riders in those picture were obviously flawed.

                  Originally posted by Miss Behave'n View Post
                  IMVHO, THIS is the epitome of a perfect jumping position. Perfect leg position, flat yet relaxed back, head up, butt over saddle, beautiful following release with contact. Textbook. It does *not* get any more perfect than this. This is more perfect than any perfect crest release.
                  The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JB View Post
                    WHO is that horse? I want that horse!

                    That is Mon Gamin and you'll have to go through me to get him . I'm pretty sure he was recently turned into a Breyer IIRC. One of my favorites out there.

                    Not his best effort but you can get a feel for him here:


                    • #11
                      I just found that, thanks LOL! I WILL fight you for him What a total studmuffin! What is his breeding? I can't find anything about him other than his name
                      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                      • #12
                        Mon Gamin is a Breyer now? That's awesome! Will have to pick him up, always wished he could live at my place


                        • #13
                          Mon Gamin Breyer
                          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Miss Behave'n View Post
                            That picture is Jimmy Kohn. My best friend was married to him. Definitely one of the best examples of perfect form you could find.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JB View Post
                              I just found that, thanks LOL! I WILL fight you for him What a total studmuffin! What is his breeding? I can't find anything about him other than his name
                              All I know is.. he's a Selle Francais....
                              He's to die for!!!
                              Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!


                              • #16
                                Mon Gamin is a Breyer now? That's awesome! Will have to pick him up, always wished he could live at my place


                                • #17
                                  I can't pull up the geocities pic link everyone says is so great

                                  I have to agree that the original list of riders are all AMAZING riders but Brianna had the best Eq by far. The others all had things really noticeably wrong...Jumping ahead, left behind, and stirrup that slid home, or a stirrup that was on the toes...But truly amazing riders, but lets face it when you are jumping that high, on that powerful of an animal it's pretty hard to look great.......Even the video of Brianne Goutal she has "flapping" elbows, when you're doing that much and have to work that hard.....something is bound to go.....personally I Idolize all the riders listed and only hope I am a minor fraction of the rider....


                                  • #18

                                    This is my favorite

                                    "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher


                                    • #19
                                      Michelle Morris
                                      Last edited by neutral milk hotel; Sep. 13, 2009, 04:20 PM.
                                      the ponies


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Nikki^ View Post
                                        This is my favorite


                                        Now THAT is a cool looking jump (not the equitation, but the actual JUMP)!