In this educational video from the USEA Vault, five-star eventer Stephen Bradley shares some tips and tricks for riding a coffin exercise as smoothly and safely as possible. Bradley also discusses the best approach when practicing this exercise with a younger horse.
Bradley is an accomplished eventer who has represented the United States at the Olympic Games and won two team gold medals at two Pan American Games. He is one of only two U.S. riders to win the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) and also won the Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) in 1996 riding Doctor DoLittle. He is now based in The Plains, Virginia, at Hickory House Farm. Visit Bradley's website to learn more.
Ninety percent of training a horse is getting the horse to understand exactly what you want them to do. In general, horses are generous and willing creatures who want to please us; very seldom do they behave badly on purpose. Horses don’t come out and say, ‘Let’s make Mom’s (or Dad’s) life miserable today by going as poorly as possible - most prefer to do the right thing, as long as they know what that is.
Regardless of the level at which a horse is competing, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions regarding its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equine athletes for over two decades. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a focus on sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until joining Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Field Service team in 2013. Situated in the heart of Area II’s eventing scene, the team provides ambulatory services to the surrounding area, which is home to multiple Olympians.
US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of David O’Connor to the newly created position of Chief of Sport beginning October 3, 2022.
Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington was host to this year’s USEA Area VII Championships on September 16-18 and put on a spectacular show where 10 horse and rider pairs celebrated victory by being awarded the title of Area VII Champion in their respective divisions. Hear about each pair’s weekend below.