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Captain Frederico Caprilli The Forward Seat Captain Frederico Caprilli is regarded as the greatest influence in the development of modern, outdoor, riding. Instead of teaching his riders the usual riding and jumping techniques, which interfered with the horses balance, he created his own technique. This taught his students to conform to the horses natural outline, the students rode with shortened stirrups, perching over jumps with their bodies forward so that the weight was carried far over the horses center of balance. Here, it would hinder it the least. il sistema Todays riders still follow Caprilli's Technique,"il sistema". Here you can see this rider is in good form. Her weight is positioned over the advancing center of gravity, the hands follow the mouth, and the legs ensure security. Pirouette The pirouette is one of the most common dressage movements. To perform this movement, the horse pivots on its inside hind leg. As shown below: Pirouette Information aquired from The Encyclopedia of the horse,Elwyn Hartley Edwards
DID YOU KNOW??? Show-Jumping was NOT an official equestrian event until 1865??
The 3 Phases Of The 3-Day Event In the three day event, the dressage tests are held first, followed by the cross-country event, and ending with show- jumping. The 1 & 2 Day Events The 3 day and the 1 and 2 day events are about the same as far as order goes, except that the show-jumping goes second and the cross country event, third. In the 1 and 2 day events, horses that are eliminated in the show-jumping do not get to compete in the cross-country event.
DID YOU KNOW??? The demension of an International level dressage arena is 65 1/2 X 131 ft(20x40m).
The Rules Of Show-Jumping In a show-jumping event at the international level, the riders are judged by how many points they earn during their time on the course (they are judged by speed and accuracy in timed events, also using points)- The point system goes as follows: Knock down- 4pts Refusal- 3pts 2nd refusal-6pts Riders are eliminated for the third refusal.
RIDING TIP#1 Always wear boots with heels when in the saddle. The heals keep the foot from slipping all the way through the stirrup and the rider from getting caught up & carried away in the event of a fall.
The Posting Trot & "Off Diagnal" When posting at trot, the rider rises and falls to the rythm of the horses inside shoulder. When the inside shoulder moves forward, the rider rises, when the inside shoulder moves backwards, the rider falls. If the rider is rising when the inside shoulder is back, and falling When the inside shoulder is forward, he is "Off Diagnal". Heel Down/Toe Up When mounted, the proper position for the riders foot is "Heel down/Toe Up". This gives the rider a more secure leg position and also decreases the chance of being caught up in the stirrup while dismount- ing or during a fall. Heel Down/Toe Up
RIDING TIP#2 Always mount & dismount your horse from the left side. It's also standard procedure to lead, saddle & bridle your horse from the left side. The only time it's appropriate to lead from the right is when leading from the left would put you between your horse and a fence-(or if it puts you in any other dangerous situation).
Flying Lead Change The lead is the foot that strikes out first and farthest while a horse is in motion ( usually cantering). A flying lead change is when a horse changes leads (begins leading off with the opposite for-foot) with out changing gaits. A standard lead change(the most common among novice riders) is performed when the horse changes leads by changing gaits. EXAMPLE: The horse was canter- ing on his left lead, he was slowed to a trot then brought back to a canter to get him on his right lead. Canter on left lead Canter on Left lead
How To Be A Safer Rider~from the British Horse Society Saftety Leaflets
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Capers demonstrating the 20 meter circle Capers demonstrating the 20 meter circle Capers stepping backwards Lindsey demonstrating proper riding posture Rusty and Lindsey demonstrating the posting trot A demonstration of seated or sitting trot An eventer demonstrating the forward seat
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