In writing a foreword to Major Santinis book I do so because I have for some years been a convert to his method of forward riding. When I approach a new method of horsemanship I require certain evidence that it has shown successful results. A few days instruction under Major Santini convinced me that his method was the right one. My only regret is that I did not use his style of seat while an active polo player as I believe I would have then retired with a 10 goal handicap instead of a 9 goal. After the International Polo matches before the war there were always a lot of reasons put forward to excuse the defeats of the English team. I attribute them to two reasons one is that the English players rode, and still ride, longer than the Americans the other that, largely for this reason, they lack a compact seat and a solid stance. The best American players either consciously or unconsciously conform to Diagram A of Riding Rejections. In show jumping it has by this time been amply proved that those who have adopted the principles originally established by the Italian school have achieved the greatest success. I have also watched the efforts of children over a period of years by this time the same tenets are in general use, for they have proved invaluable not only in the show ring but also to all other forms of cross-country riding, including hunting, for people of both sexes and of all ages. With regard to steeple chasing one has only to look at the photographs to see which style is best suited to the horse.
Get jumping! This collection presents a logical series of fun and rewarding exercises that are designed to develop your horse-jumping skills. With straightforward instructions and clear arena maps, this guide can be hung on a pole and easily referenced from the saddle. In addition to clearly articulated goals and progressively difficult variations, each exercise also includes encouraging advice on what the rider should keep in mind while jumping. Saddle up and get ready to fly through the air with grace and confidence.
Traces the history of the United States Equestrian Team, describes the team's accomplishments in the Olympics and other competitions, and discusses training methods, riding tactics, and great horses and riders.
Simple Solutions for Better Jumping Performance in No Time
Author: Wendy Murdoch
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
Better balance in the saddle, improved body control from head to toe, and increased influence with your seat are just a handful of the simple fixes offered in this straightforward training manual for jumping. Most of the suggestions provided require only a few minutes to learn and offer solutions for making jumping more enjoyable for both riders and their horses. By starting and ending each ride with these simple, easy, and effective fixes, equestrians will happily and efficiently replace old habits with new ones and get out of the riding rut we all find ourselves in at some point in our riding career.
This is a grandmother’s chat to her grandchildren. It is both historical and biographical. It is historical in following early settlers into good times and then through The Great Depression, World War 11 and building the foundation of the 21st Century. It is biographical as it shares a family story of love, laughter and tears, It includes children growing through their teens into adulthood and marriage. There are pet stories and even a ghost story. Whether you are a grandparent, parent, or in your teens, you will relate many of your own life experiences to those that are part of my family’s history, love and heritage.
Riding in Africa captures the escapades of more than twelve journeys to Africa. Author Ian Williams offers sage-if somewhat tongue-in-cheek-advice on how to get from one end of an African horse safari to the other without killing yourself.Read about African flora and fauna, evolution, history, language, the eccentricities of human character, and above all, the perspectives of a scientist-adventurer who puts himself on life's edge. Williams tells of succumbing to pneumonia in the foothills of Mount Kenya, his experiences in a small African cottage hospital and later in the Nairobi Hospital, part of which he spends in morphine-induced delirium and part in the hospital room reserved for former Kenyan strong man, Daniel arap Moi.Williams also shares stories of adventures with horses and people while riding through the savannahs of Kenya, the mountains of Malawi, the swamps of Botswana, the deserts of Namibia, and the Lapalala Wilderness, home to the fearsome black rhino.Riding in Africa is about middle passages: the leap from one side of fifty to the other and the fine line between life and death.
I learned quite early in my career that being successful in the magnificent sphere of International Showjumping is a passport to the world. Should one succeed in this difficult and technical sport, they shall inevitably meet VIPs, royalty, dignitaries, celebrities, movie stars and the enormously wealthy. National and International doors open when one shines in this world. Being successful in the sphere of showjumping enabled me to travel to places which I never would have had the opportunity to see otherwise. With endless thanks to the horses, I have traveled across this country from coast to coast. I have also traveled across Europe, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.To succeed in the showjumping world, one needs to be partnered with a special horse - or perhaps several horses in a string of talent. The partnership between horse and rider needs to be a unique bond with every horse that one rides. Each horse is an individual. A rider and true horse person must be able to feel and study the horse's personality, thus adapting their style and training techniques to each individual horse. I find the process of becoming a friend and partner to each horse absolutely fascinating. I think the great William Steinkraus, our United States Equestrian Team Captain and Olympic champion for many years, said it beautifully when he said the following: "Taking things for granted is all too easy. But we must never forget, every time we sit on a horse, what an extraordinary privilege it is to be able to unite one's body with that of another sentient being - one that is stronger, faster, and more agile by far than we are, and at the same time, brave, generous, and uncommonly forgiving." - Epilogue of "Reflections on Riding and Jumping", by William Steinkraus.My story is about the understanding of horses and life. This includes all of the national and international ventures along the way. When a rider is able to get on a vast variety of different horses and understand them, relate to them with empathy, compassion and sympathy, and guide the horse to perform willingly to the best of their ability, one becomes a Horse Whisperer. It is not the horse's responsibility to understand us. It's our responsibility to understand the horse.This book is a compilation of my life stories in the vast international world of showjumping. It involves understanding many different horses - several of which began as extremely difficult horses or rejects from other horsemen in the racing sphere or the world of show horses. Over and over, what may have been an extremely difficult or misunderstood horse became my friend and my competition partner on the highest level. Many of these horses became nationally and internationally famous. A few of them became Hall of Fame horses. My hope is that this book shall inspire many other horsemen and horsewomen to view each horse as an individual. Put aside other people's comments or opinions on a horse which may be misunderstood. Find a bond with that horse. With understanding, compassion, empathy and correct training techniques, the greatly misunderstood and unwanted horse could become a Champion.Every horse can have a career doing something, as there are so many different disciplines and jobs within the horse industry. Not every horse will make a top showjumper. They must have the innate talent, scope, quality, courage, personality and heart for showjumping. There are horses who have these wonderful traits, but have been rejected because they were misunderstood or because they presented as difficult. This is a book of stories about some of those misunderstood and rejected horses, and how they accomplished great things once they were finally understood. This is a book about how I became a Horse Whisperer
One of the great milestones of equestrian literature, The Gymnasium of the Horse forms a connection and transition between two eras. It is the culmination point of the equestrian literature of the late 18th century and the 19th century that, under the influence of the Industrial Revolution, tried to explain equine biomechanics.
Jasmin is a 17-year-old shape shifter whose whole world has been turned upside down over the last six months. Her pack has been scattered, she's nearly died more times than she can count, and the boy she cares about more than anyone else in the entire world is in a vampire-caused coma that has every sign of being terminal. Geoffrey has spent untold decades, or possibly even centuries, as a slave to others of his kind, vampires who were stronger and more ruthless than him. Escaping New York cost Geoffrey everything and the holes inside of his memory mean that he doesn't even really understand what it is he lost in his efforts to get away from his former master, Imastious. Vampires and shape shifters are natural enemies, but these two are going to have to find a way to work together. There's more at stake than just their own lives, and forces neither of them fully understand are gathering to make sure that neither of them survive the week. Publisher's Note: For the first time, characters from Dean Murray's Reflections novels will be meeting up with characters from Eldon Murphy's Reflections novels. Before reading Driven, it is strongly suggested that the reader have finished the Eldon Murphy Reflections books up to this point (The Greater Darkness, and A Darkness Mirrored) as well as all of the Dean Murray Reflections titles (Broken, Torn, Splintered, Intrusion, Numb, Trapped, Forsaken, and Riven).
In our society today, although used out their original contexts, the words “Pimp” and “Pimpin” have been embraced whole-heartedly by today’s hip hop generation and frequently used in slang to describe a motif of a newly set standard of flamboyant living. However, in his debut release, Donald Ray Lavan (AKA Noble Dee) provides the true definition of both words, separating the real and the facts from the façade and the fiction of today’s controversial terminology. Best of all, he describes in very minute details, what the Game (Pimpin’) was like for him in his era... the 1960’s to Y2K (The New Millienium). In this tell all non-fiction: Noble Dee illustrates, in a very blaxploitation manner...his personal existence in the game. Not only does he exploit his successes, he also exposes the very grim details of the life; both in tones whereas you the reader... bask in his glory, and share his pains; the pain of possibly regret in the life that he cherished for almost four calendar decades. Wholeheartedly, Noble Dee expresses how his own glorification of the game, indirectly allured his first born daughter into a position to be manipulated and exploited by pimps, just as he had manipulated and exploited so many daughters throughout his 35 years plus career. Not since Robert Beck revealed to the masses the vivid street Realities of a Pimp’s Life in his book “Pimp: The Story of My Life” By Iceberg Slim has the entrenching truth behind the lifestyle-termed pimpin’ been exposed to this degree. Thus, the primary title... “Pimp:...Reflections of My Life”. www.JumpInterstateN.biz
These poems focus on the important parts of a child's life, especially those of their formative years when their perceptions of life are determined by the love, caring, understanding, and nurture afforded to them by adults such as parents, grandparents, teachers, and caretakers whom they trust and love. The poems look at life through the innocent but watchful eyes of a child, and herein lie their value for adults as well. Adults may enjoy reading the poems, as they will see the world created by the poems through the eyes of a child. The activities enhance a child's experience and interaction with every poem, and broaden the scope for understanding and learning. The activities focus on reading, language, social sciences, nature, welfare, art, and sports as well as supported and independent research. The poems included in this book are: ?My Little Tree House? ?Harry the Horse? ?Hey Mister Postman? ?Mr. Sunshine? ?My Little Teddy Bear? ?The Rainbow? ?Children of the World? ?The Wooden Park Bench? ?Grandma? ?A Cricket Bat?
Tales of the Lakes, Rivers and Streams of the Adirondacks and Beyond
Author: Elisabeth Merrett
Category: Family & Relationships
A clear, swift-running stream, an exhilarating whitewater stretch of river, the mesmerizing rhythm of waves on an ocean beach, each has a story to tell. Set mostly in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, the stories in Water Reflections explore the author's delight in being in or near water, whether as an active participant or an appreciative observer. In a series of memoirs that extend from the 1940's to the present, the reader is invited to check out the sights and sounds that are a part of these experiences. So come watch the early morning mist rise on Schroon Lake, or paddle on Lake Champlain along the shores of North Hero Island, or hike up Mount Marcy alongside Johns Brook, all without ever leaving the house.
Writer Jeffrey Poppy writes a stunningly candid book based on his life experiences in Jeff the Roofer: Reflections of a Double Negative Life. Poppy was born into life with drama-as a newborn he had to have a blood transfusion. Growing up with an abusive father, he relived the abuse by self-destruction through his teenage years and into adulthood. Poppy played out his destruction in various ways-a near death gunshot wound, alcoholism, drugs, three failed marriages, six trips to rehab and then homeless. All avenues led to the same place-his own inner demons, until he entered an in-house treatment center. Upon release, Poppy traveled to Amsterdam and met his muse who inspired his creative poetry. Poppy entered a song-writing contest, won second place and traveled back to the United States landing in Nashville, Tennessee. He recorded 42 of his own songs-all inspired by his tenuous and amazing journey that finally released his demons and enabled him to find his own path. Jeff the Roofer: Reflections of a Double Negative Life begins with the song, The Times, that illustrates his quests and questions of life's meaning for him, and the song, Just Another Day takes him on the journey from inner strife to see freedom and triumph over self- destructive and abusive ways. Interwoven with heart wrenching storytelling are 28 compositions that chronicle his unsteady journey to recovery. This beautifully descriptive book is a compelling and inspiring narration of prose and lyrics that expertly encapsulate one man's escape from the cycle of abuse and self-destruction. Jeffrey Poppy is a writer, poet, songwriter, and craftsman. Mr. Poppy is currently writing his second novel and lives with his beloved dog in Durant, Oklahoma. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/JeffTheRooferReflectionsOfADouble NegativeLife.htm