Here is a link to my June column in Practical Horseman, titled "Reinventing Equitation." Hope you enjoy it:
Nancy Jaffer has just posted a preview article regarding my October 11-12 gymnastics clinic at Gladstone, NJ. You can read it by following this link:
Although I had been exposed to the use of gymnastics before I arrived at Gladstone, I had not realized what a powerful training tool they are for both horse and rider until I saw them in use at the USET Training Center. While simple gymnastic exercises have been used for over one hundred years, it took the genius of Bert de Némethy (legendary coach of the USET, 1955-1984) to explore and establish their more sophisticated use.
This clinic is open to horses from any discipline, eventing, jumpers, hunters, or equitation. I will teach three groups per day, with horses that are comfortable jumping 2'6", 3'0", and 3'6" respectively. In addition, I will hold a Q&A/Lecture at 8:00 am both mornings. I expect a large group of auditors, and we will try to provide a sound system that will keep both the riders and the auditors informed and involved.
Each level will do a slightly different series of exercises both days. This will help me to show the increasing sophistication of the exercises, as the educational level of the horse improves, and to demonstrate appropriate questions for horses at different levels.
Some of the proceeds of this clinic will go to benefit the USET. You can obtain further information about the clinic from Vicky Srokas at: