Balance In Stirrups Focus Of ‘Forward Riding System’

Bernie Traurig, one of the featured clinicians at this month s Mane Event in Chilliwack, has been working with performance horses for some 50 years. During his career, he s reached the top in all three of the traditional Olympic equestrian disciplines: show jumping, dressage and eventing. These days he offers his expertise and experience by coaching in person and online.

We started Equestrian Coach online training videos about a year ago, and already we have 110 training videos, produced by me and several other world class and Olympic guest coaches, online, says Bernie. We re adding new videos all the time.

Bernie is a long time devotee of the American Forward Riding System, and teaches this method geared primarily for jumping disciplines. I trained with Captain Vladimir S. Littauer when I was a junior, for five years, and he remained a mentor to me for several years after that. He was for sure one of the most if not the most influential masters of riding in the middle of the last century teaching the forward riding system.

Forward riding focuses on balance in the stirrups and is specialized for horses and riders that have to perform at higher speed and in forward balance. The focus of forward riding is about position, seat, controls of the horse, aids and how to apply them and, of course, schooling, the core performance training of the horse.

It comes from the Italians, and was brought to North America by Harry Chamberlin, a brigadier general who studied in Italy and France, later returning to America to rewrite the cavalry manual with this new system. Littauer, Bernie s teacher, then brought the forward riding system to civilians, and this method has become the gold standard for hunters, jumpers and equitation competitions in the U.S.

We ve adopted forward riding into our training certification program, and it s strong in the Intercollegiate Horse Show As sociat ion and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association as well, explains Bernie. We have just posted a video clip of Italian cavalry officers in 1929 training with the forward riding system on our Equestrian Coach site, says Bernie. It will blow your mind.

For more information visit www.BernieTraurig.com

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www.EquestrianCoach.com. Catch Bernie throughout the three days of The Mane Event, October 21-23, in clinics and in question and answer sessions on Saturday and Sunday. .

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We have just posted a video clip of Italian cavalry officers in 1929 training with the forward riding system on our Equestrian Coach site, it will blow your mind.

BERNIE TRAURIG

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