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.

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2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

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USEA Podcast #283: Setting Up for Cross-Country Success

Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!

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