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    05-06-2009, 12:31 PM
Had to post for MIEventer...

I saw this in a magazine distributed for free at my feed store. This picture announces that this woman has just achieved Level III hunt seat certification...the first in Texas. She also is the President of a Hunter/Jumper association. She is available for lessons.

Geez...what kind of form is that...and with a standing martingale. I guess all certification means these days is that you had enough time and money to take the test.
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    05-06-2009, 03:53 PM
All I can say to this is WOW.

I wouldn't be taking lessons from her or referring any people, that's for sure.
    05-06-2009, 04:10 PM
What's wrong with it?
Her hands are missing and she looks like she's taking a nap on the horses neck, but I'm blind. Help me out here.
    05-06-2009, 04:37 PM
First of all, I really want to commend you for going out and exploring the world of form over fences and really taking the time out to educate yourself and your eye on this matter.

I really admire that! And good for you! It is entirely up to us to educate ourselves on this matter, so bravo!

On that note, she really isn't that bad. Her leg is solid at the girth and her heels are down. She has a nice angle in her knees. Although she is jumping ahead - if we were to turn the picture sideways, I guarantee that her seat is much to far out of her tack and her crotch is over the pommel of her saddle.

She is attempting an automatic release, which is great -but failed due to her lurching herself out of her tack. And yes, her hip angle is muchly exaggerated -but again, that is due to her trying to jump the fence for her horse, instead of allowing her horse to do that for her.

Now on that note, when I look for a coach, I don't look to see what degree they have under their belt with instruction - lets face it, there are many people out there with coaching tickets, who cannot coach worth a lick of salt.

I personally, look at their years of experience, how well they ride, their students ride and what accomplishments they have. How well do they focus on their students well being.

Anyways, I am proud of you guys for really making the effort to educate yourself - good for you!

Take this picture here, and compare it to the picture in the thread "Jumping Form" - and see what simularities you catch or what differences you see.

This rider here, her form isn't "great" but it isn't bad either.
    05-06-2009, 04:39 PM
Does the picture look photo shopped to anyone else?

Somehow the head and torso don't seem to fit the legs!
    05-06-2009, 04:39 PM
Yay learning!
I see it now!
Thanks :)
    05-06-2009, 05:07 PM
Whats a level III hunt seat certification?? Your have to excuse me i'm a brit!! She doesn't look that bad, the picture that comes up every time I post i'm laying on Jacks neck!! And I have a BHS stage 3 exam!! But then I don't claim to be brilliant!! She does look very small tho I thought she might be a child!! And her pony looks no bigger than 13.2!!
    05-06-2009, 05:10 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Does the picture look photo shopped to anyone else?

Somehow the head and torso don't seem to fit the legs!
I don't think its photoshopped...she just has very small legs? Sorry about the bad quality photo by the way...I took it via webcam on my laptop screen.
    05-06-2009, 05:13 PM
Its not photoshopped, its just a bad picture because its a picture of a picture, the fact that the magazine that it came out of is newspaper like doesn't help.
A photo looses some oomph when there is a picture taken of it.
    05-06-2009, 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by steff    
Whats a level III hunt seat certification??
I had to google it...think this is what its talking about...

Level III - Must show lesson relating flat work to jumping, suitable for riders who are capable of jumping 3'-3'6". (Note: It is not required that riders actually jump 3' to 3'6" in this lesson)
ARIA: Riding Instructor Certification: Teaching Specialties

A True/False, multiple choice written exam to become "certified"...not a riding test.

To me it doesn't look like she is jumping 3'6...so how could she teach it? I don't know. After looking at her leg again...I guess you could call it solid...but I still think she looks like her feet are sprawled and she is doing the "neck humper" pose.

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