Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. In its eighth year, this prestigious clinic will again be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., December 31-January 4.
Leslie Berndl held a double digit lead entering the cones phase of the Kentucky Classic CDE Sunday. She and Uminco held onto that advantage and emerged from the rain as USEF National Single Horse Driving Champions. Berndl (Newcastle, California) earned an 11.00, good for third place in the phase, and finished with a 141.53 total score. She was second in the dressage phase, second on the marathon, and the most consistently good single horse competitor over the entire weekend. This is Leslie Berndl’s first National Championship. Umnico was driven to a National Single Horse Championship in 2009, also at the Kentucky Classic CDE, by his owner Fritz Grupe.
In last months article we identified the four primary tools most often used in Natural Horsemanship: The Rope Halter, 12ft. Lead Line, 4ft. Stick & Flag and the Round Pen. Since horses communicate with body language, touch and feel, all of these tools were designed to influence specific parts of the horses’ body. They enable the human to cause the desirable behavior of his horse to be comfortable, his undesirable behavior to be uncomfortable and allow the horse to choose. Having previously discussed the Rope Halter, 12ft lead Line and 4ft sick & Flag this article will be totally devoted to the use of the Round Pen.
Two USEF National Champions will be determined this weekend during the Kentucky Classic CDE at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Seven drivers will guide single horses in search of the USEF Singles National Championship and three talented veterans will compete with teams of four in search of the USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving Championship.
TThe Southern Methodist and New Mexico State teams opened their seasons on Thursday at SMU’s home field, BuckBranch Farm. It was SMU’s first ever competition with a western team, and that squad held its own. SMU took horsemanship 3-2 while the Aggies earned a 4-1 win in reining. The four points that they earned helped the Mustangs earn a season opening 10-9 win.