Master the Water Jump
Olympic veteran McLain Ward led an impromptu le••on on how to jump water during the George H. Morri• Hor•ema•ter•hip Training Se••ion.
Olympian McLain Ward led an impromtu lesson when several of the participants riding in the 12th annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session struggled to get over the water jump during a mock Nations Cup competition.
The morning did not go the way many of the young riders envisioned. The 12 riders participating in the three-day George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session were being put to their final test by riding in a mock Nations Cup competition. Headlining the quasi-competition, two-time Olympic show-jumping gold medalist McLain Ward began the day by walking Conrad Homfeld’s course with the participants and later offered insightful feedback on horse and rider after each round. Just as in a CSIO Nations Cup, the three teams of four riders would jump two rounds over the same course. The highest score from each round would be discarded and the three best scores from each round would be totaled for a team score to determine the winner. But halfway through the first round it was clear that many of the riders were struggling with Fence 7—the water jump. Runouts, stops and even falls plagued the riders, adding a sense of dread as each new rider cantered through the timers to start her round. Soon the focus of the day was not on which team would win, but instead on who could make it over the water. Chefs d’ Equipe Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden and Kent Farrington—all Olympians—each gave their team expert instruction and preparation before heading into the arena to be surveyed by McLain, the 2017 World Cup
Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward walks Conrad Homfeld’s course with the 12 participants.