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post #1 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Which famous horseperson/professional do you admire most and why?

This is just a thread for fun, and to start some discussion.

This applies to *all* disciplines.

And please spend some time on the why, to help others, including those outside the discipline, understand what's admirable or remarkable about the person.

I can probably come up with one in a half dozen different disciplines, but I'll start with -

Rodney Jenkins, show jumper

Why? Not because of extraordinary win record, or the spectacular horses associated with him.

Because he rode everything and anything, and they all went better after he dismounted. Because he rode with a somewhat unconventional style, and horses loved him. Horses went well for him that didn't go well or at all for anyone else.

He didn't come into the business wealthy or privledged, he worked his way up.

AND he put great emphasis on how his horses were cared for and *managed* - his brother was his farm manager and was always cutting edge with his standard of care.

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post #2 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 07:11 PM
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Dressage - Nuno Oliveira. What an outstanding horseman. Do I need to go on?
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post #3 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 07:13 PM
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Jim Wofford. Love the way he just gives it to you straight and hates what he calls "implements of torture". (draw reins, side reins, etc)

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post #4 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 07:19 PM
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Stacy Westfall. She is someone when you see ride makes you think: "She belongs on a horse." I admire her training and riding skills - she seems to really understand what the horse is thinking and how to communicate with it.

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post #5 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 08:21 PM
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Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. He is a beautiful horseman, look for him on youtube, and I recommend his books.
To have that level of love and inner strength combined with gentleness, passion, devotion and then to have the ability to express it in writing is truly awesome. I also like that he has great respect for absolutely any horse, and never writes them off or even has favourites - he just loves horses. I also quite appreciate a person who is constant in their approach.
However, I also have great respect for Monty Roberts - he has truly changed the world of riding and training for the better, despite the odds. I've had the pleasure of meeting him, and have never met such a benevolent soul :) Kelly Marks is also fantastic, I admire her resolve on not using the whip in racing, and whilst I am not entirely sure on the inflexible approach of the Nezorov (I think that's right??) School of Classical Horsemanship, it has the horse's best interests at heart, and they are clearly excellent horsemen.
I was taught by a man named Shady a few years ago, and though I have sadly lost contact with him, I know that he trained with Uri Peleg in Israel. He was an amazing horseman, especially for everyday riding, as so much of his work was purely common sense, which some horse people seem to lack.
Dr Gerd Heuschmann (I think that's the right spelling??) Has also written some/an awesome book on classical dressage vs modern dressage. Whilst a bit sticky and factual to read, it's very good to know, and needs to be fought for in these days of impatience and economy. It also explains the importance of biomechanics, which some people forget. Also, kudos has to go to him for his immovable stance on the matter!!

So yeah.. that'd be my main list of peoples. There are obviously many many more, but those are all I can think of right now :) hope some of that is interesting or useful!
Just a note about the Parelli's though - I admire what they are trying to do with the whole "changing the world for horses and humans" thing, but I think it still needs to be developed into something slightly more.. erm.. pallitable, occasionally.
Oh, and Alois Podhajsky is awesome too - was director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. His book is well worth a squint :)
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post #6 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 08:30 PM
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Lorenzo. So far I didn't come across someone as amazing... Wish I could see him in person!

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post #7 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 11:31 PM
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Sally Swift. For her book Centered Riding. Classic. Classic. Classic.

Denny Emerson. For his book How Good Riders Get Good; for his FB posts that keep us all inspired; and for his shining example in coming back from injury.

Most of all, Jane Savoie. For her book It's Not All About the Ribbons. A masterpiece. She's like an equesterian Zig Zeigler or Norman Vincent Peale. And her teaching on being positive has made me a lot better person even to my non-horsey friends and relatives.
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post #8 of 34 Old 01-19-2012, 11:46 PM
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Buck Brannam.. Amazing guy! Also Klaus Hempfling..

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post #9 of 34 Old 01-20-2012, 12:57 AM
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Ian Miller because of the passion he has for his horses and
for the people around that is why in the show jumping world he
is Captain Canada and because he is 63 and still competes
with the younger crowd

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david lee archer has helped me out so much
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