The Inner Circle
Part of my job as editor of Dressage Today is traveling to different events that the magazine either hosts or covers on behalf of our readers. It is one of the best parts of my job. I, along with the other DT editors, often have the opportunity to observe what some might call the “inner circle” of dressage training. Recently, we had that opportunity with Lisa Wilcox when she so graciously allowed us to host our second “Lunch with Lisa” program at her training base, Jacqueline Shear’s Marsh Pond Farm in Wellington, Florida (see “Arena” on p. 12). During that same trip, we (along with hundreds of others) listened in as Carl Hester offered words of wisdom to some lucky riders during his Master Class at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
One inner-circle moment that the DT team unfortunately wasn’t able to attend in person this year was the 2018 Adequan USDF Trainers Conference in Del Mar, California, with German trainer Johann Hinnemann. But lucky for all of us, freelance writer Kim F. Miller did attend and wrote a fantastic training piece that you can find on p. 32. In “Submission is the Goal at Every Level” Hinnemann says, “A supple horse is not necessarily a submissive horse. But a submissive horse is for sure supple.” Hinnemann describes the horse’s intelligence and willingness to work as “inside suppleness,” and stresses that it is as critical as physical suppleness for success at every level. Don’t miss this article, in which Hinnemann says, “I hope we’ve given you a little view inside the kitchen of our inner circle.”
Another story this month includes a look at dressage Paralympian Lauren Barwick’s system for strengthening the horse-human partnership and how she helps her horses accept more responsibility in their interactions with her. Barwick incorporates basic mounted arena patterns, which are simple and playful in nature, to train her horses. She quotes famous dressage trainer Walter Zettl, who says, “Show the horse what to do and then let him do it!” and offers a couple exercises in her article “Arena Patterns for Developing Partnership” on p. 40.
Our “Born to Perform” column continues this month with a look at our fourth horse in the series—Lorenzo, a 12-year-old chestnut gelding born on a breeding farm in Bavaria, Germany. Registered with the Bavarian Regional Horse Breeders’ Society, Lorenzo was bred by the Niedermair family of Gut Spielberg. In addition to horses, the family raises free-range cattle—that’s their primary business—and rents their farm for weddings and other special events. Don’t miss this month’s installment on p. 16.
Finally, this month DT is giving readers a chance to win the “Nicker Box Sweepstakes”—a box worth more than $1,200 in products and gift certificates from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers. See entry details on p. 45.
Until next time,