Feb 20, 2019

VIDEO: Counter Canter for Better Balance with Kristin Bachman

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff

Five-star eventer Kristin Bachman taught a show jumping clinic earlier this month at Milestone Sport Horses in Lovettsville, Virginia where she instructed riders on how to use the counter canter to improve balance and rhythm. Bachman explained to participants how the use of outside leg to inside rein to create the counter canter helps balance the horse and improve his rhythm by “standing him up” off the outside leg, giving him a better jump over the fence. Within the exercise, Bachman asked participants to alternate jumping out of the counter canter and the true canter to demonstrate how the counter canter affects the horse's jump overall, even from the true canter.

Originally from the West Coast, Kristin Bachman first came to the East Coast with her superstar event horse Gryffindor and decided to stay. Along the way they competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* three times. Now based in Virginia, Kristin enjoys teaching riders of all levels and showing them how to be successful at any level.

Thank you to Milestone Sport Horses for hosting the clinic and thank you to Event Clinics for connecting riders and organizers by simplifying the registration and payment processes for equestrian activities.

Feb 20, 2020 Competitions

USEA Events A-Z: Valinor Farm Horse Trials

Valinor Farm in Plymouth, Massachusetts (Area I) hosts their yearly horse trials in mid-June, offering Introductory through Modified divisions.

Feb 19, 2020 Young Event Horse

The Gallop Took the Lead at the YEH Symposium

An enthusiastic group of USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) judges, breeders, riders, trainers, organizers, and fans started their morning in the classroom to kick off YEH day of the USEA Educational Symposium. Andreas Dibowski and Maren Engelhardt gave a presentation on analyzing the gallop using videos of Dibowski’s horses. Englehardt asked all the attendees to think about her perfect gallop and to have that in mind when watching the videos.

Feb 19, 2020 Intercollegiate

Eventing at NC State Treasures Horsemanship and Friendship

Eventing at NC State was founded in 2016 and we currently have 18 undergraduate members as well as a supportive group of alumni riders. We are proud to be the first intercollegiate team in North Carolina located at the heart of the 1862 Land Grant Institution, NC State University. We have riders just beginning their eventing careers as well as those that are seasoned competitors, competing from Maiden through Training level.

Feb 18, 2020 Instructors

Dibowski Wants You to Feel the Rhythm at the 2020 ICP Symposium

Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.

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