Michael Jung and fis­cherRo­cana FST

Practical Horseman - - Cross Country With Jim Wofford -


For the last few years, Michael Jung (The Ter­mi­na­tor) and fis­cherRo­cana FST (Roxie) have come over from Ger­many and given us free rid­ing les­sons. By the time they jumped up onto the Nor­mandy Bank at Fence 21ABCD this year, they had al­ready won this event three times—in a row—and were the fa­vorites to win it a fourth. You can see what an ef­fort it takes from both horse and rider to jump a big bank with a big ditch in front of it. Michael has driven his heels down and slightly back in or­der to stay with Roxie. His reins are a bit too long for my taste, but he con­sis­tently rides her on a long rein and so far it has worked out pretty well for him.


The bounce from the edge of the bank to the log is long, which means horse and rider need to be ag­gres­sive. It takes a spe­cial kind of horse to be ag­gres­sive at a jump when she is not able to see the land­ing on the other side. Michael knows this and he is land­ing in a driv­ing po­si­tion. One of the many les­sons Michael is giv­ing here is that when he moves slightly be­hind Roxie, he does not pull back on the reins to keep his bal­ance.


Roxie com­pletely trusts her rider. She would jump off the south edge of the Grand Canyon if Michael asked, so a sim­ple bounce into a big drop is cat­nip for her. At the same time, you can see from his eyes that Michael is al­ready plan­ning his turn to the next el­e­ment. His ex­tra­or­di­nary bal­ance over his horse starts with the rock-solid se­cu­rity of his lower leg. When go­ing cross coun­try, Michael rides shorter than most Amer­i­can rid­ers. Note that he has just over a 90-de­gree an­gle be­hind his knee in the air. The cor­rect length for show-jumping stir­rups is a 90-de­gree an­gle be­hind the rider’s knee when seated.

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