Bernie Traurig

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  • 02 Feb, 2010
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As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. In 2010 the California Professional Horsemen’s Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was awarded the USHJA President’s Distinquished Service Award. He is recognized as a legend in the sport. As a teacher and trainer, he is one of the most sought after clinicians in the country today. His talent for teaching goes back to his roots where he was fortunate enough to have been educated by some of the very best Master Instructors this country and the world have to offer. He served as the West Coastʼs associate Chef d’ Equip to George H. Morris, the former Chef d’ Equip of the United States Olympic Equestrian Team. After amassing over 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.  Click here to learn more about Bernie.




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Demystifying the Inside Leg to Outside Rein

These days you hear the phrase “inside leg to outside rein” tossed around in schooling rings and during lessons with surprising regularity. But what does the term really mean? In this topic, Bernie clarifies how we make use of both our hands and both our legs by demonstrating what aids are used in various situations in and out of the show ring.

Running Time: 11 minutes and 39 seconds

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The Cardinal Gymnastic

This exercise was originally designed for a little Thoroughbred horse, The Cardinal, that Bernie had great success with in the 70’s. This horse needed confidence building in oxer combinations and with the aid of this gymnastic, he evolved into a courageous, winning grand prix horse and one of Bernie’s best.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 55 seconds

10 week

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!

View the next two parts in this series:

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B
Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 19 minutes and 1 second

10 week

Advanced Equitation – Changing the bend in the counter canter

A common ride-off test in advanced equitation classes involves turning to a jump on the counter lead. This becomes a problem if your horse is overly bent to the outside in order to maintain the counter canter because there is no chance to get his eye on the jump. If a slight change of bend causes your horse to swap leads when zeroing in on the jump, you are also in trouble. To answer this question on course, the horse must be trained to maintain the counter lead while simultaneously changing the bend to the inside. In this video, Bernie teaches a sensitive horse how to achieve this.

Running Time: 5 minutes and 53 seconds

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From the Judge’s Perspective for the IEA

This is a unique, informative, fun, and interactive webinar with photos, videos, and insights for IEA riders.

Co-hosts Julie Winkel and Bernie Traurig are joined by Nancy Kohler-Cunningham, IEA President and USEF ‘r’ Judge, and Megan D. Taylor, also a ‘r’ Judge, who serves as moderator for this special event.

Running Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Link to Video Referenced in this Webinar: Visualization Presented by Grand Prix veteran, Susie Hutchison & Mental Skills Coach, Tonya Johnston


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The Medal & Maclay From The Judge’s Perspective Webinar

Find out what the judges are looking for in our webinar, The Medal & Maclay from the Judge’s Perspective. This is an interactive webinar with video presentations of past winners, along with analysis, discussion, and Q&A. Co-hosts Bernie Traurig and Julie Winkel are joined by Scott Hofstetter, Maclay Finals Winner, Medal Finals judge, top professional Hunter rider, clinician, and R judge and Cynthia Hankins, Medal Finals Winner, Medal Finals judge, trainer, clinician, and R judge.

1 Hour and 48 Minutes

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Equitation Insights Webinar

Q&A Webinar with Julie Winkel, Bernie Traurig, and guest Stacia Klein Madden. The first of a series of one hour fun and informative webinars for all riders and coaches. This webinar is dedicated to Equitation and will include video examples of some of our top Equitation winners along with footage of training techniques designed to advance the level of your riding and/or coaching skills.

Running Time: 1 hour and 8 minutes
Videos referenced in this topic:

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 1

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 5 To Sit or Not to Sit

Exercises To Increase Heel Depth

Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg

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Hunters Past and Present

A fun and interactive webinar with vintage and current video presentations and discussion of the great hunters of the past, present, and how the sport has evolved. An all-star cast of riders, trainers, and large R judges join Julie and Bernie with entertaining anecdotes and answers to attendee’s questions. Your panelists for this event are renowned horsemen John French, Peter Pletcher, Archie Cox, and Ronnie Beard.

Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes

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An OTTB Jumping School With Bernie

Meet Nicole Weakley and her OTTB mare, Tribella, who she originally claimed as a racehorse in 2016. Nicole was her exercise rider & owner for 2 years before retiring her from the racetrack sound. In her new career as a jumper Tribella has a tendency to get strong and quick on course. Nicole turned to Bernie for his insights and to learn some strategies to counteract her mare’s impulse to “make a bid” at the jumps.

Click here for “Training the OTTB Horse”

Click here for “Training the OTTB Horse – Session Two”

If you are a member that owns a Thoroughbred in the Southern California area and are interested in participating in a FREE TB Training Session with Bernie, click here for more details.


Running time: 19 minutes 23 seconds

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Bernie’s Big Bag of Bits

Does the sheer volume and variety of bits adorning tack shop walls today overwhelm you? Would you like to have a bit selection guideline that follows classical principals with your horse’s comfort at the forefront? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Bernie has pared down a list of his favorite go-to bits that will simplify and positively influence your bitting choices. As a clinician, Bernie travels around the country and abroad literally lugging around a bag of bits. Extra baggage fees aside, he finds that having his favorite bits at hand, ringside to be invaluable. Time and again he has come to believe that experimentation is key as long as you are listening to your horse’s sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious acceptance of and/or objection to the mouthpiece.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 46 seconds