Anne Kursinski's Riding and Jumping Clinic: New Edition: A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings

Anne Kursinski's Riding and Jumping Clinic: New Edition: A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings

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Overview

Olympic Show Jumper Anne Kursinski’s acclaimed guide to riding horses over fences, now updated with hundreds of full-color photographs.

Olympian Anne Kursinski’s acclaimed book on riding horses over fences delivers on-target counsel and the kind of sophisticated, quality instruction you can only get in top barns around the world. Let this medal-winning international competitor show you “how it’s done” with step-by-step descriptions of dozens of exercises to improve your position, your “feel,” and your overall understanding of how to confidently and successfully master a jump course.

Inside, you’ll find a top-notch education in both basic and advanced flatwork and jumping, including:

  • Bending
  • Adjusting stride length
  • Moving laterally
  • Riding straight lines and curves
  • Jumping without stirrups
  • Flying changes
  • Flexion and collection
  • Counter-canter
  • Half-pass
  • Ways to perfect distances and count strides
  • Tips for riding different kinds of combinations, bigger jumps, and natural fences.

Throughout, Kursinski’s explanations are clarified with hundreds of illuminating photographs, completely reshot in full color for this new edition. Even better, the photos feature Kursinski herself in the saddle, and the text includes her illuminating personal commentary describing what she is experiencing in the saddle during a particular exercise. In addition, this revised edition includes an all-new chapter on riding derby-style courses as well as course walks with Kursinski, to give readers a sense of how she plans a winning ride. This classic references offers time-tested techniques and invaluable skills for every hunter, jumper, and equitation rider.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570769573
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book

About the Author

Anne Kursinski is one of the all-time leading riders in U.S. show jumping history. She is a five-time Olympian with two team silver medals from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Kursinski has ridden on 47 U.S. Nations’ Cups teams, has competed in 10 World Cup Finals, and has been a member of 3 U.S. World Equestrian Games Teams. In 1988 and 1992 Kursinski was named AHSA Horsewoman of the Year and in 1995 Equestrian of the Year. In 1991, she won the Leading Lady Rider award at the FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg and the U.S. Olympic Committee named her Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year. In 2011 she was voted America’s Favorite Show Jumping Equestrian, and in 2017 she was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. Kursinski trains and teaches out of her premiere equestrian facility, Market Street, in New Jersey (marketstreetinc.com).

Miranda Lorraine is a professional photographer and was previously an editor of Practical Horseman magazine. She lives in South Carolina.

Amber Heintzberger is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in equestrian coverage. Her writing and photography has been published in numerous print and internet publications worldwide, including coverage of major international competitions. She is also a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. A lifelong horsewoman, she has competed at eventing, dressage, and other events as well as re-training several off-the-track Thoroughbreds. She lives in Northern New Jersey.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

The Basics Behind the Basics

PART I BASIC FLAT WORK

CHAPTER ONE

Why Flat Work?

A “Feeling” Preview

Assembling Your Equipment

CHAPTER TWO

Mounting

Dismounting

Position at the Halt

Position in Motion

CHAPTER THREE

Using Your Aids with Feeling

The Language of the Conversation

Transitions

Combining Aids—the Basic Half-Halt

CHAPTER FOUR

Bending

Stride Length

CHAPTER FIVE

Influencing Lateral-Movement

Building a Course on the Flat

Final Thoughts on Basic Flat Work

PART II BASIC JUMPING

CHAPTER SIX

Gauging Readiness

Attitude

Preliminaries

Equipment for Jumping

Schedule

CHAPTER SEVEN

Jumping Position

The Elements of Effective Jumping

CHAPTER EIGHT

Exercise 1: Straight Line Over Rails on the Ground

Finding Stride Length

Jumping on a Curving Track

Exercise 2: Circles Over Rails on the Ground

CHAPTER NINE

Straight Lines

Exercise 3: Two Small Jumps on a Line

Exercise 4: Diagonal and Rending Lines

CHAPTER TEN

Exercise 5: Jumping on an Angle

Exercise 6: A Short Course

Exercise 7: A Gymnastic

Exercise 8: An In-and-Out

Jumping Without Stirrups

Flying Changes

PART III ADVANCED FLAT WORK

CHAPTER ELEVEN

A New Level of Feeling

Keeping It Simple - and Rewarding

Readiness Check

Your All-Important Attitude

Leg- Yield Review

Halt and Reinback

Shoulder-in

CHAPTER TWELVE

Haunches-in

A Pause to Assess

Long and Low—a Stretching Exercises

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Flexion and Collection

Transitions

Getting Used to a Show-Ring Pace

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Advanced Turn on the Haunches

Shoulder-in at the Canter

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Counter- Canter

Flying Changes

Half-Pass

Final Flat- Work Thoughts

PART IV ADVANCED JUMPING

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Riding Readiness Check

Mental Readiness

Improving Communication

Exercise 9: Advanced Communication with Your Hands

Exercise 10: Improving Communication Through Your Seat

Improving Communication — with Your Eyes

Exercise 11: lumping Without Looking

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Refining Your Sense of Distance

Exercise 12: Advanced Counting

Exercise 13: Counting Off Turns to Lines

Exercise 14: Circles for Suppleness and “Eyes”

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

About Fences

How to Ride All Types of Combinations

Exercise 15: Two Oxers, Sixty-six Feet Apart

Exercise 16: Oxer to Oxer to Vertical—a Tight One or Two-Stride In-and- Out

Exercise 17: Triple Bar to Two Verticals

Exercise 18: Short to Long and Long to Short

Exercise 19: Serpentine with Three Jumps

Exercise 20: Three Jumps, Ridden as a Bending Line and a Straight Line

CHAPTER NINETEEN

Cross-country Natural Jumps

Higher Fences 237

PARTV HORSEMANSHIP

CHAPTER TWENTY

Know Your Horse

Team Up with Vet and Farrier

Absorb Ideas—but Selectively

PART VI SHOW PREPARATION

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

At Home

Equipment

Before You Go—to Jump or Not to Jump?

A Routine Jumping School

Final Thoughts Before Show Day

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

Show Day: Early Preparations

Learning the Course

Mental Preparation

Warming Up for Your Class

Performance Hints

PART VII COURSES

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

Hunter Courses

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Equitation Courses

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

Jumper Courses

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Hunter Derby Courses

PART VIII GOALS

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

Make Sure Your Goals Make Sense

Think Backward to Plan Ahead

Stepping-Stone Goals

Goals to Keep You Going

Think Big

Index

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Anne Kursinski really has had it all. Very few people in the hunter/jumper industry can boast such a comprehensive background. There is no question that her system and ideology work for the hunter, jumper, and equitation horse and rider." — George H. Morris, former Chef d'Equipe of the US Show Jumping Team

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