Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Ok, I've said this before and I'll say it again -
I find it funny how lower level riders do what they can to mimic GP level riders. They see pictures, or watch them on the telly and have to copy them.
Some GP riders post their horses canter, so everyone else mimics them without understanding why - right *we discussed this spyder* or they see Rodrigo Pessoa in a Mikmar Combination bit, so everyone else has to copy them.
OH MY GOODNESS, GP riders now use GPA's, I have to get one too! Same with Jointed Irons and the list goes on and on - mimicing.
BUT the only thing these lower level riders are NOT mimicing, is the process of educated trianing that goes into these horses on a daily basis, to be the successful jumpers that we see.
If GP Jumpers spend 5-6 days doing dressage with their horses, there is a strong reason behind it.
So instead of mimicing the GP riders "style" of riding or "style" of clothing - mimic their education. Mimic their training - learn why they do what they do.
People are quick to mimic without understanding the fundamentals and the steps that are needed to be taken to get to that point of skill.