Whether you are a pony club member barely past your second lesson, an equestrian competitor who places at every show, or a riding instructor looking for new lesson ideas, Amanda J. Berges’s book, Training Tree for Riders, is a great addition to any equestrian’s library. Basing her lessons around the “training tree,” Berges utilizes six levels of riding skill to work towards improvement.
According to Berges, relaxation, balance, rhythm, fitness, suppleness, feel, and influence are basic levels that the rider must achieve for him or herself for and important to every riding discipline. These are the levels of Berges’ training tree. To reach each of these levels, Berges introduces an array of exercises, both on horseback and on the ground. The exercises come with explanations, descriptions, and images, making them helpful and easy to follow. Every exercise works on strength, balance, and connection with your horse in order to climb to the top of the training tree.
Training Tree for Riders is an ideal book for new riders who are looking for answers. It contains information about many basic riding questions concerning equipment, fitness, exercises, prerequisites, coaching, and skill set. This is a trust worthy go-to for all different riding questions.
For a helpful training book that hits the fundamentals and sticks to a plan, check out Training Tree for Riders by Amanda J. Berges. The multitude of exercises and information contains something helpful for every rider of every discipline.
Training Tree for Riders is available on Amazon.com.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is delighted to announce the renewed partnership with The Jockey Club as a Silver Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The Jockey Club will award Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) prizes in all AEC divisions that include a cooler, ribbon, and prize money for every T.I.P. Champion and T.I.P. Reserve Champion. This year’s AEC will be held on August 31- September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
The qualifying competitions for the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships have been taking place across the country all winter and spring, but there is still plenty of time this summer to qualify for the Championships in the fall. With more than a dozen qualifiers still left on the FEH calendar, owners and breeders should take advantage of the available opportunities.
The new USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year, and the 2021 calendar has an impressive total of 47 events hosting an IEL team challenge. With many IEL members aiming to compete in events that only host a team challenge, an organizer needs to be fully prepared for what to expect.
2021 will be the last year the Rebecca Broussard International and National Developing Riders’ Grants will be offered. The committee would like to thank Jerome Broussard and the entire Broussard family for supporting these valuable grants for so many years.
Interviews for this year’s International and National Developing Rider’s Grants will be held at The Event at Rebecca Farm and will be limited to riders entered in both the CCI4*-L and the CCI4*-S. For those riders entered, please sign up for your interview at the show office upon arrival. Interviews will take place Tuesday through Thursday before your dressage tests.