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A Flat Ride
Archie Cox

A Flat Ride
Archie CoxOn course, all the adjustments made to your track and your pace has to happen seamlessly, almost invisibly. The best place to rehearse these subtle skills you need over fences is on the flat. Join top trainer Archie Cox as he gives his rider a flat school using exercises to enhance the horse’s responsiveness and rideability.

Running Time: 13 mintues and 8 seconds

A Lunge Lesson
Val RenihanOne of the best places to focus on the rider is on the lunge line. This video includes and intro by Bernie Traurig who is a big believer in this exercise. Val Renihan explains the many benefits that are achieved with this type of lesson, including enhancing the rider’s feel, strength and flexibility.  She incorporates different exercises that increase the rider’s stability in the tack, encourage the independence of the arms and seat, and build suppleness and core strength.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 15 seconds

A Schooling Session
Eric NavetOlympic, World Championship and European Championship veteran, Eric Navet of France, reveals his teaching and training methods in an in depth schooling session with Grand Prix rider, Ali Nilforushan. His system emphasizes the importance of flatwork while schooling over a complete course.

Running Time: 21 minutes and 35 seconds

Application of the Aids
Julie WinkelJulie Winkel talks about the system she teaches for applying aids that produces seamless transitions and invisible, harmonious communication between rider & horse.

Running Time: 17 minutes and 37 seconds

Balance in the Stirrups: The Half-Seat
Bernie TraurigThe Half-Seat is the cornerstone of the American Forward Riding System. In this topic Bernie reiterates just how essential it is to perfect this position.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 58 seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 1
Bernie TraurigIn Part 1 of Building Blocks to a Great Position, Bernie Traurig starts with proper leg position as a basis for a solid foundation in the tack. With demonstrations by his daughter, Natasha, this video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques.

Other videos in this series:

Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Running Time: 19 minutes and 57 seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 2
Bernie TraurigIn Part 2 of Building Blocks to a Great Position, Bernie Traurig continues his progressive system to develop a solid foundation for jumping disciplines. With demonstrations by his daughter, Natasha, this video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques.

Other videos in this series:

Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Link to Referenced Video:
RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISE WITH INTRODUCTION BY GEORGE MORRIS
Running Time: 11 minutes and 43  seconds

Building Blocks To A Great Position: Part 3
Bernie TraurigIn Part 3 of Building Blocks to a Great Position, Bernie Traurig continues his progressive system to develop a solid foundation for jumping disciplines. With demonstrations by his daughter, Natasha, this video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques.

Other videos in this series:

Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Running Time: 10 minutes and 24 seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 4 Jumping Phase with Zazou Hoffman
Bernie Traurig & Zazou HoffmanBernie teams up with Maclay winner, Zazou Hoffman to illustrate his progressive system to develop a solid position for all jumping disciplines. This video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques over fences, highlighting connection with your release over the jump.

Other videos in this series:

Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Running Time:  17 minutes and 35  seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 5 To Sit or Not to Sit
Bernie TraurigBernie discusses all the different seats one uses on course and where they apply with show ring footage from some of the best Hunter, Jumper & Equitation Riders.

Other videos in this series:

Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4

Running Time 8 minutes and 53 seconds

Building Confidence in Combinations
Bernie TraurigStep by step Bernie takes us through a gymnastic that is designed to build the horse’s confidence when negotiating combinations. The horse featured in the video has a history of stopping in combinations, but with Bernie’s help, she overcomes her anxiety.

If you like this video check out The Winkler Gymnastic another video that features the benefits of a gymnastic line.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 57 seconds

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

Running Time: 6 minutes and 41 seconds

Diagonal Issues? Feeling Your Diagonals
Bernie TraurigBernie Traurig takes the frustration out of missed diagonals. With just a bit of practice, you’ll be feeling your diagonals with your eyes closed!

Running Time: 3 minutes and 43 seconds

Flying Changes
Val RenihanIn this topic Val Renihan breaks down the flying change in order to defuse the horse’s nervous anticipation of the flying change. Her exercises produce the relaxed, supple changes needed for winning equitation and hunter rounds.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 13 seconds

Form Follows Function
Cynthia HankinsTop trainer, rider, judge and clinician, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System.

Running Time: 26 minutes and 18 seconds

Form Follows Function Over Fences
Cynthia HankinsIn this topic, the second in a series, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire – this time over fences. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System. Make sure to watch Cynthia’s first video in this series, Form Follows Function.

Running Time: 13 minutes and 18 seconds

Gaining Lower Leg Mobility
Bernie TraurigHere’s a simple, but seldom practiced technique to improve lower leg functionality and position. In this topic, Bernie demonstrates an exercise he uses to encourage stability in the tack and to prevent the toppling effect of an improperly placed or weak lower leg.

Running Time: 4 minutes 21 seconds

George Morris Teaching And Training The American Way
George MorrisSpend an hour with George Morris and his two demonstration riders, Cynthia Hankins and Darragh Kenny, illustrating the most fundamental aspects of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System.

This topic is broken down into 14 chapters. Total running time: 58 minutes and 28 seconds.

Getting Secure in your Seat And Legs
Val RenihanVal Renihan introduces exercises she uses to develop the strength and security in the seat and legs of her riders.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 5 seconds

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