A top trainer teaches you how to perfect a winning position, both on the flat and over fences.
Discover how to increase the effectiveness of the time you spend in the saddle, whether you are a beginning hunt seat rider or a seasoned competitor. Geoff Teall―noted judge, trainer, and clinician―helps you put together an unbeatable package, including:
- Setting riding goals.
- Finding the right horse and instructor.
- Developing confidence and facing your fears.
- Dressing for success in and out of the show ring.
Geoff then demystifies the jumping course, showing you how even the most challenging, demanding patterns can be simplified and easily practiced at home. You’ll discover the secrets of:
- Walking any course.
- Seeing distances.
- Single jumps and straight lines.
- Jumping from a turn.
- Angled jumps and end jumps.
- Combinations, in-and-outs, and more!
Whether the first step on the road to a medal, or a tool to revitalize an experienced rider’s passion for the sport, Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation will help put the pieces together for that perfect, polished round.
“Teall’s book isn’t just a riding manual—don’t pick it up expecting a tutorial of how to ride a certain way, or how to put in a perfect hunter round based merely on the technical aspects. It’s more of an all-over cohesive approach to riding, showing and enjoying your horse. Teall tells you to put your heels down, but he also tells you why, and how it will affect your horse, and how it will make your riding more effective. Reading and understanding Teall’s logical, simple approach to the physical, technical, and—above all—mental aspects of riding will help you look at your riding in a whole new way.” —The Chronicle of the Horse
“If you are looking for a primer on riding hunters and equitation, you can’t go wrong with this book.” —Sport Pony
“In this elegantly illustrated book, noted judge, trainer, and clinician Geoff Teall discusses these ‘basic skills’—the nuts and bolts of perfecting riding position—and demystifies the jumping course by breaking it down into simple pieces that are easily practiced at home. Teall also helps readers examine their short- and long-term goals and devise a tailor-made plan to achieve them while enjoying horses and riding along the way.” —Equine Journal
“Throughout the book, Teall encourages riders to try different things. Don’t just ride hunt seat, and don’t stay in the ring. Go on trail riders, try team penning, learn to drive, ride a Saddlebred. Exposing yourself to a variety of breeds and disciplines will help develop your horsemanship. Just about anyone could learn from this book. There is a mother lode of knowledge gained from years of experience and learning. And my favorite quote sums up the message of the book, ‘The focus of riding is the horse, not the prizes.’” —Today’s Equestrian
“Hunter/jumper riders of all levels will benefit from the detailed riding instruction Teall provides from beginning to end.” —Horse Illustrated
About the Author
GEOFF TEALL is one of the leading trainers of Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation riders in the country. Horses and riders who have trained with Geoff have gone on to win championships, medals and ribbons at major events including Devon, the AHSA Medal Finals, the ASPCA Maclay Finals, the Capital Challenge, the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International, the USET Talent Search, and the National Horse Show. In addition to training, Geoff is an “R” judge for both Hunters and Hunt Seat Equitation. He travels extensively in North America and Europe teaching, judging, and conducting clinics. He is currently working out of Moorcroft, Inc., a hunter-jumper barn in Wellington, Florida.
AMI HENDRICKSON is an author and screenwriter who specializes in teaching writing workshops and communication skills. She lives with her husband and daughter on a 100-year-old farm in southwestern Michigan.