The In­ner Cir­cle

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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,

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