Thursday, Apr. 18, 2024

George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

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Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 7

Never give up: it’s good advice for everyone, and clinician Laura Kraut gave it time and again to riders at the George H. Morris Horsemastership Clinic on Saturday. Whether that meant committing to get a horse back in time to fit strides in a tight line, galloping them up and across the open water, or schooling them back over a fence after a stop or fall, Kraut reminded riders the importance of perseverance in the sport of show jumping.

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 6

If you thought flatwork would be contained in Thursday’s flat lessons, think again. Before Olympic veteran Beezie Madden began her gymnastic work demonstration on Friday at the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic, she took a moment to remind everyone that all jumping stems from great flat work.

“I want to feel, whether I’m galloping or I’m counter cantering or I’m collected, like I could jump a big fence with this canter,” Madden said. “That’s the goal of our flat work.”

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 5

Winning equitation championships is what qualified a lot of the riders for the USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Clinic, but Anne Kursinski reminded them during Thursday’s flat lessons that the buck doesn’t stop with a blue ribbon in the Maclay.

“Equitation is important, and not in terms of being frozen for a judge,” Kursinski said. “It’s not about being a mannequin up there—it’s about being supple and elastic and in the right place at the right time.”

Olympians Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, Lauren Hough and Anne Kursinski get together for a Nations Cup style event for the riders.

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