Johnny Joe isn't out of the game yet. Since his injury last month, I created a rehab schedule to keep us on track while ensuring that he is recovering.
By Bridget Braden of BioRider Fitness
People and horses are usually stronger on one side of their body than the other, that’s why most of us are right or left handed. It’s OK, unevenness is natural and no one is perfect. But it’s important for all athletes, especially riders to be aware of which muscles are weaker or aren’t firing correctly, because every ounce of the body is felt by the horse. Work on strengthening weaker muscle groups and making them symmetrical and you will see a difference in the communication with your horse.
Simple moves like getting up off the floor holding a weight high above the head is a great exercise for highlighting imbalances and can really help improve muscle symmetry and internal stability. Most people don’t think anything about getting up off the floor, yet it’s when we do the simplest of movements that we seem to hurt ourselves. Doing an exercise like the “Turkish Get-Up” can help prevent thoughtless injuries and increase fundamental awareness of your body’s mechanics.
(Photo: Lauren Baker)
The relationship between Kristy (McCormack) Herrera and SBS Farms, Inc. spans decades. It was Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano who started Herrera's career at 9 years old, taking her to her first USEF Pony Finals as well as finding the one horse that holds a special spot in Herrera's heart, her Children's Hunter horse Sprout. SBS Farms, Inc. is responsible for catapulting Herrera's career, and on Saturday, Aug. 20, Herrera returned the favor tenfold, winning the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, with Miss Lucy, the 14-year-old mare owned by Helen Lenahan.
Blue skies, scores of entries, and record attendance—it was a fitting way to end a stunning week of top show jumping sport at the 2016 Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, held August 17-21 in Halifax, MA.
Thirty-four horses and riders representing six countries came out for the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix on August 21. Alan Wade’s flowing course was a crowd pleaser from start to finish with a dramatic triple combination arranged alongside the VIP tent. It was ultimately newcomer Callie Morgan Smith and her Attention Et Z who bested an international field of Olympians and showjumping who’s who to take the win.
Kent Farrington and Voyeur (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games show jumping competition came to a climatic close at Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday, ending in a jump-off to determine the Individual medals. With two clear rounds, Kent Farrington and Voyeur earned a spot in the jump-off for the U.S. along with five other combinations. Farrington and Voyeur ultimately placed fifth overall following two rails down. Teammates McLain Ward and Azur finished tied for ninth and Lucy Davis with Barron completed their Olympic debut with 12 faults in Round A.