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We’re counting down the days to the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, organized by the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit dedicated to the placement of ex-racehorses in second careers, and sponsored by Thoroughbred Charities of America.

You can join thousands of others who believe that every Thoroughbred deserves a chance to win at life at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, October 27-30, as top trainers engage in the process of transitioning ex-racehorses to second careers. The Thoroughbred Makeover serves as the only national gathering of the organizations, trainers, and farms dedicated to serving OTTBs and features educational clinics and demonstrations, as well as the Makeover Horse Sale and the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover competition.

The 2016 Makeover features over 300 Thoroughbreds that began working with trainers from across the country after the first of the year and who will compete in up to two of ten equestrian disciplines to showcase their talents and trainability.

“The Thoroughbred Makeover is a unique opportunity on so many levels,” says one of the event’s judges, TSB author and president of EquestrianCoach.com Bernie Traurig. “First, it’s a wonderful way to see firsthand the great qualities the Thoroughbred has to offer for so many disciplines. There are over 300 OTTBs competing and demonstrating their versatility in a wide array of sports. Second, for those interested in purchasing an OTTB, many, perhaps half, are available to be tried and purchased. David Hopper and I are judging the jumpers, and we are both really excited to see some of these great Thoroughbreds.”

As supporters of the Retired Racehorse Project, TSB is proud to have a number of authors joining Bernie Traurig (creator of DEVELOPING PERFECT POSITION and other DVDs) in this year’s Makeover. BEYOND THE TRACK author Anna Morgan Ford’s OTTB adoption organization New Vocations always has a significant presence at the event, and both Denny Emerson (HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD) and Yvonne Barteau (THE DRESSAGE HORSE MANIFESTO) worked with OTTBs with the competition in mind.

 

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“I did not know of the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover challenge until my friend Lisa Diersen of the Equus Film Festival mentioned it to me,” recounts Barteau. “Since I spent seven years on racetracks, working with Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses, and also a few years training ex-racehorses, it seemed like a good thing for me to do.

“I started working with SeventyTwo (‘Indy’) in February,” she says. “I found him a bit aloof at first and also somewhat challenging. He likes a good argument and will try to drag you into one if you are not careful. He is also funny, charming, and extremely clever. He learns things, (good or bad), super fast, so I have had to stay ahead of him in the training game.

“I am having such fun with Indy, I plan on keeping him and continuing to train him up the levels in dressage as well as making an exhibition horse out of him. I don’t know how he will be when I take him to a new environment (the Makeover), so however he acts there will be just part of our journey together. I’m looking forward to it either way!”

Don’t missing seeing Indy and all the other winning ex-racehorses as they show off what they’ve learned over the last few months and compete to be named America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred! Tickets for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover are on sale now (CLICK HERE).

Watch Yvonne and Indy working together in this short video:

 

 

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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We’re packed and ready to head to Springfield, Massachusetts, for EA 2015. Join TSB this Thursday-Sunday, November 12-15, at the Eastern States Exposition, for fabulous clinics from top trainers, riders, and equine experts, as well as a terrific pre-holiday shopping experience. Stop by the TSB booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center for our perennial bestsellers like CENTERED RIDING by Sally Swift (which we published 30 years ago!); brand new titles, such as THE ESSENTIAL FERGUS THE HORSE, COWBOY DRESSAGE, and THE MESSAGE FROM THE HORSE; and great show specials like contests, sales, and a limited supply of TSB exclusive Fergus the Horse coffee mugs!

We’re thrilled to be there, along with six of our authors who are featured clinicians:

Dan James, one half of the famous Double Dan Horsemanship training duo and co-author of the forthcoming LONG-REINING WITH DOUBLE DAN HORSEMANSHIP, has clinics Saturday, November 14, at 9:30 am (Mallary South) and 4:15 pm (Coliseum), plus Sunday, November 15, at 11:15 am and 3:45 pm (both in the Coliseum).

 

Phillip Dutton, five-time Olympian with two gold medals and author of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON with Amber Heintzberger, has clinics Saturday at 9:30 am and 1:15 pm, and Sunday at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm (all in the Coliseum), plus an “Ask the Expert” session at 4:00 pm on Saturday on the Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center.

Meet Phillip Dutton in person at the TSB booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center on Sunday at 2:00 pm! He’ll be answering questions and signing books.

 

Bernie Traurig, celebrated jumper rider and horseman, and creator of THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM DVD SERIES, has a talk Thursday, November 12, at 10:00 am (Equine Fundamentals Forum/Mallary South), and clinics Thursday at 1:15 pm and 5:15 pm, and Friday, November 13, at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm (all in the Coliseum), plus an “Ask the Expert” session at 5:00 pm on Friday on the Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center.

 

Susan Harris, co-creator of ANATOMY IN MOTION: THE VISIBLE HORSE and THE VISIBLE RIDER DVDS, and artist contributor to THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED by Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes, is presenting Friday at 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm, Saturday at 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm (all in the Young Arena), and Saturday at 3:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North).

 

Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and saddle-fitting expert, and author of THE HORSE’S PAIN-FREE BACK AND SADDLE-FIT BOOK, is presenting Thursday at 2:00 pm (Seminar Stage/Better Living Center) and 5:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North), and on Friday at 1:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North) and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm (both on the Seminar Stage/Better Living Center). On Saturday she speaks at 10:00 am at the Equine Fundamentals Forum (Mallary South).

 

Dr. Allen Schoen, pioneer in integrative veterinary medicine and co-author of THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN with Susan Gordon, speaks on Saturday at 1:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North) and on Sunday at 10:00 am (Seminar Stage/Better Living Center).

Meet Dr. Allen Schoen in person at the TSB booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am! He’ll be answering questions and signing books.

 

We look forward to seeing you at Equine Affaire this weekend!

 

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of horse books and DVDs, is a small, privately owned company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Be sure to catch all the TSB authors who are featured clinicians at the 2014 Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus this weekend! This year’s EA provides another diverse and inspiring group of leading riders, trainers, and equine experts to help us all learn to be better horsemen and women.

 

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JANET FOY

FEI and USEF dressage judge, and author of the acclaimed DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE

Janet’s dressage clinics and demonstrations take place on Thursday, April 10, in the Voinovich Arena and Voinovich Seminar Stage. Check your EA program for final times.

Dressage Today magazine calls Janet’s book “an inoculation against training despair.” And The Chronicle of the Horse says it is “well-organized and easy to understand and makes for a good read.”

 

 

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BERNIE TRAURIG

Famed horseman and creator of THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM DVD series and founder of EquestrianCoach.com

Bernie’s jumping clinics take place on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday April 13, in the dotHorse Arena and Voinovich Arena. Check your EA program for final times.

Check out the trailer for Bernie’s DVD series by clicking the image below:

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JOCHEN SCHLEESE

Certified master saddler and saddle ergonomist, founder of Saddlefit4Life, and author of the new book SUFFERING IN SILENCE

Jochen’s saddle-fit demonstrations are in the Cosequin Demo Ring and on Thursday and Friday. Confirm in your EA program.

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NANCY LOVING, DVM

Veterinarian and author of GO THE DISTANCE

Dr. Loving’s horse management sessions are on Friday on the Voinovich Seminar Stage. Confirm in your EA program.

“This is a very good book,” The American Quarter Horse Journal says about GO THE DISTANCE. “Loving covers equipment for the horse and rider, stable management, and camp care techniques, and training, both for conditioning and schooling purposes. This book earns a blue ribbon and best condition.”

 

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STEFANIE REINHOLD

Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and coauthor of the bestselling BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE with Jim Masterson

Stefanie’s horse wellness presentations take place on Sunday in the Cosequin Demo Ring and Voinovich Seminar Stage. Check your EA program to confirm final times.

Here’s what Natural Horse magazine says about Stefanie and Jim’s book:

“The reader is introduced to a method of unique, interactive bodywork that is done with the horse, not to the horse, and horses love it. . . . A must-have for horse lovers and guardians as well as professional bodyworkers!”

 

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Also be sure to find the Puterbaugh Dressage Sport booth on the trade show floor and say hello to Douglas Puterbaugh, author of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE.

 

 

We at TSB hope EA Ohio is fabulous fun for all who get to attend this weekend!

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“There’s no need to take a break from lessons when inclement weather makes it difficult to ride this winter,” says the December 2013 review of THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM in Practical Horseman Magazine. “This new DVD series from acclaimed rider, coach and clinician Bernie Traurig explores the building blocks of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System and offers easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises.

“Each disc in the set details an essential aspect of the system, which focuses on three fundamental principles—rider position, controls and the schooling of the horse. Traurig begins with a basic explanation of the system and a look at its history. He moves on to discuss how to develop perfect position in the saddle and use rein and leg aids to control a horse. Then he demonstrates how to use the skills he has outlined while working over fences at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

“Traurig describes an exercise or position while at the halt, then demonstrates it through various gaits. This approach makes it easy to see the work’s intended effect on both rider and horse.”

 

For a glimpse at what this terrific new DVD series has to offer, check out the trailer below:

 

THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM is available as a COMPLETE SERIES 6-DVD SET, or in three individual parts, from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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TSB loves EquestrianCoach.com! This phenomenal website is a portal to a broad selection of extremely well demonstrated equestrian tips, techniques, and sport-specific know-how.

EquestrianCoach.com was born out of my desire to reach people who are hungry for more riding and training education,” says founder Bernie Traurig.

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And don’t miss Bernie Traurig at Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, April 10-13, 2014!

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This puts most schooling obstacles to shame! Learn how the cavalry was involved in the evolution of the forward riding system in Bernie Traurig's new DVD series.

This puts most schooling obstacles to shame! Learn how the cavalry was involved in the evolution of the forward riding system in Bernie Traurig’s new DVD series.

 

How we “get over jumps” on horseback has come a long way since mankind’s earliest attempts. This evolution has enabled us to benefit from the horse’s athleticism as a means of transport, both as a matter of necessity and a matter of sport, as well as over a vast array of obstacles—from basic cavalletti in the beginner arena to fallen logs on the trail to the (sometimes!) heart-poundingly high fences seen in international show jumping and eventing competition.

Esteemed horseman and acclaimed clinician Bernie Traurig has put together a unique series of DVDs that illustrates the results of this jumping evolution: the components of what we now know as the “forward seat riding system.” Three specific areas of focus—rider position, control of the horse, and flatwork schooling—have developed over time as the world’s very best equestrians concentrated their efforts on ensuring safety, grace, efficiency of movement, and optimal performance in their jumping horses. And now, Bernie has provided a high-quality visual education in this system that can bring us all closer to attaining our riding and training goals, whatever our ability or level.

THE AMERICAN FORWARD RIDING HUNTER/JUMPER SYSTEM Complete Series includes a terrific bonus DVD where Bernie traces the history of jumping and gives viewers a glimpse of how the system evolved into what it is today.

 

“I give kudos to Bernie Traurig, master rider and total horseman, for taking this system of position, control, and schooling to the world,” says former US Show Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe George Morris.

 

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THE AMERICAN FORWARD RIDING HUNTER/JUMPER SYSTEM  is available in one complete series and as individual DVDs from the TSB online bookstore.

 

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Legendary horseman Bernie Traurig has a new DVD series out now!

Legendary horseman Bernie Traurig has a new DVD series out now!

We were lucky enough to catch up with Bernie Traurig last week, and we asked him to tell us a little about the amazing equestrian education resource he’s put together in EquestrianCoach.com, as well as the seven new DVDs EquestrianCoach.com is releasing in conjunction with TSB. Bernie filled us in, teasing us with hints about exciting new developments coming from EquestrianCoach.com, and admitting along the way that he doesn’t know what else he should try to do on horseback that he hasn’t already done! (Do you have any ideas? If so, let us know here or on FB, and we’ll be sure to share your recommendations with Bernie!)

 

TSB: EquestrianCoach.com is a phenomenal website and portal to a broad selection of extremely well demonstrated equestrian tips, techniques, and sport-specific know-how. The site says it was created “to make quality education accessible and affordable to every equestrian, regardless of their background, their level, or their geographic location.” Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind EquestrianCoach.com, how it came together, and what your hopes are for it and for your subscribers in the future?

BERNIE: I was really fortunate to have been educated by some of the very best Master Instructors in this country and the world. Not everyone has access to those top people. One of the reasons I travel a great deal as a clinician is because it is fulfilling to me to spread quality education. EquestrianCoach.com was born out of my desire to reach people who are hungry for more education, and I knew the Internet could serve that purpose. Having been a professional horseman most of my life, I was clueless as to how to go about making my vision a reality however. From the building of a viable website, to streaming content, to video editing—it’s been quite a journey and an education in itself to get to this point and there’s so much more I still want to do.  We have some exciting surprises in store for our great subscribers coming up in the next few months, but I’m not ready to go public with them just yet!

 

TSB: EquestrianCoach.com already features instruction in high definition, delivered to your computer, tablet, or mobile device, from top trainers, riders, and coaches in many of the most popular equestrian sports. The site features training videos not only from you, but from other big names in the industry, such as George Morris, Denny Emerson, Tim McQuay, Debbie McDonald, Laura Kraut, Archie Cox, Tom McCutcheon, and Axel Steiner, to name just a few, along with dozens of other experts, including veterinarians, stable management specialists, course designers, sport psychology coaches, equine dentists, and many, many more. Why do you think EquestrianCoach.com provides an optimal forum for sharing the knowledge and experience of such a diverse group of horsemen and women? How do you determine who best suits this method of dissemination of horsemanship? Who do you hope to include on the site in the future?

BERNIE: If you have been in this business as long as I have, you meet a lot of talented, qualified people along the way. I’m proud to have developed friendships and associations with some of the best professionals throughout the industry and prouder still to be able to call on these people to share their knowledge on our site. Because there are so many facets to the sport and so many different types of experts, I feel strongly that we should provide a broad spectrum of expertise to address the many different areas of focus. I like to keep my upcoming guest coaches under my hat, but I can guarantee we will continue to deliver the industry leaders. Whether they are riders, trainers, farriers or nutritionists, they will all be top horsemen.

Bernie with his good friend, former US Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George Morris.

Bernie with his good friend, former US Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe George Morris.

 

TSB: TSB is releasing seven DVD programs in conjunction with EquestrianCoach.com. These include your own series THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM, as well as two programs from George Morris and another from USEF “R”-rated hunters/hunter seat equitation judge Cynthia Hankins. Why did you decide to take these programs, originally produced for EquestrianCoach.com, and release them in DVD format? What is it about these programs in particular that you felt should reach beyond the EquestrianCoach.com subscriber base?

BERNIE: I personally have a huge collection of books and videos by many masters of the sport that I often refer to out of professional interest or just to keep that gray matter tuned up. I thought about what videos on the site could serve as that sort of reference tool that someone could go back to time and again for information and these were my picks. They represent timeless, classical and correct forward riding, and I believe they all should be part of any serious rider’s resource library. I like having these videos in DVD format because there are quite a few serious equestrians out there who are perhaps not terribly computer savvy or enjoy watching them from the comfort of their living rooms instead of from behind the computer screen. Additionally, the DVD format is convenient for instructional purposes in places like collegiate equestrian programs where teaching solid and fundamental riding and training techniques to students is so important.

Bernie in his library at home--he has a large personal collection of books and DVDs from which he's gleaned information over the years.

Bernie in his library at home–he has a large personal collection of books and DVDs from which he’s gleaned information over the years.

 

TSB: You are a unique equestrian in that you have competed at the highest levels in all three international Olympic disciplines—show jumping, eventing, and dressage—as well as being inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. What are the benefits of having such diverse experience in the world of horses and why should others seek opportunities to dabble in other disciplines?

BERNIE: I honestly believe that you never stop learning and that you can take bits and pieces of information from any discipline and apply what works for you. I know that I evolved into a better jumper rider after I took a few years to pursue dressage and to this day, there are things I learned from my youth as a steeplechase jockey that serve me as a horseman as well. The horse is the common denominator and you can learn to be a better horseman by using the best methods regardless of their origin.

 

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on a horse.

BERNIE: The first time I sat on a horse was when my mom took me on a trail ride, just the two of us, at Whitey’s Rental String in Long Island and I was eleven years old. She had me on a lead line and… read the next question and answer to see how that went!

 

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember falling off a horse.

BERNIE: So the horse I’m on goes nuts, Mom freaks out, I fall off (winded but fine), she made me swear not to tell Dad and, miraculously, I wanted to ride some more!!

 

TSB: If you were trapped on a desert island with a horse, your laptop, and WiFi, what breed of horse would it be and which movie would you stream?

BERNIE: It would have to be a breed that wants to watch Top Gun with me! What would that be? Hmmmmmm. Maybe a Thoroughbred? Something with an engine!

 

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a friend?

BERNIE: It’s a three-way tie between understanding, compassion and forgiveness.

 

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a horse?

BERNIE: A horse that quickly grasps the language that I’m using to communicate, that gets it and wants to carry on a conversation with me as a willing partner.

 

TSB: If you could do one thing on horseback that you haven’t yet done, what would it be?

BERNIE: I haven’t done it all, but you’ve stumped me on that one!

 

TSB: What is your motto?

BERNIE: Perfect practice makes perfect.

 

Bernie Traurig’s new DVD series THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM is available now from the TSB online bookstore.

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TSB is thrilled to announce the release of seven fabulous new DVD programs in conjunction with the amazing online riding and horsemanship education portal EquestrianCoach.com. These DVDs feature the best in riding and horsemanship instruction from legendary horsemen George Morris and Bernie Traurig, and USEF “R”-rated hunter and hunter seat equitation judge Cynthia Hankins.

George Morris

George Morris

What’s new from George Morris?

Teaching and Training the American Way (CLICK TO ORDER)

Spend an hour with former Chef d’Equipe of the US Show Jumping Team George Morris and demonstration riders Cynthia Hankins and Darragh Kenny as they illustrate the most fundamental aspects of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System, a system endorsed and taught by George and advocated by the USHJA Trainer Certification Program. Includes a bonus video, “The Roots of Forward Riding in America,” where George introduces the American style of riding and its evolution.

Dressage for Jumpers (CLICK TO ORDER)

Join George as he demonstrates his favorite dressage exercises as they apply to jumping sports. In this schooling session, George uses his system of training on the flat and over fences to produce a relaxed, supple, and attentive equine partner.

Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig

And what do we get from Bernie Traurig?

The American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System–The Complete Series (CLICK HERE TO ORDER)

Acclaimed rider, coach, and clinician Bernie Traurig presents a unique DVD series explaining the building blocks of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System, a system endorsed and taught by George Morris and advocated by the USHJA Trainer Certification Program. In Developing Perfect Position; Fundamentals of Flatwork; and The Controls of the Horse, Bernie shares step-by-step exercises, on the flat and over fences, that are proven to bring success. Available as a complete series or individually—the complete series includes a special introductory DVD on the history of the sport.

Cynthia Hankins

Cynthia Hankins

What about Cynthia Hankins?

Form Follows Function with Cynthia Hankins (CLICK TO ORDER)

First on the flat and then over fences, USEF “R”-rated judge Cynthia Hankins discloses the common position faults she encounters and presents the correct, classical form of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System, endorsed and taught by George Morris and advocated by the USHJA Trainer Certification Program.

About EquestrianCoach.com

EquestrianCoach.com is a phenomenal online portal to a broad selection of extremely well demonstrated equestrian tips, techniques, and sport-specific know-how. The subscription-based site was created to make quality education accessible and affordable to every equestrian, regardless of their background, their level, or their geographic location. It rounds up the most talented equestrians on the planet, captures their expertise, and delivers it directly to you on your computer or mobile device in high definition. CHECK IT OUT HERE

TSB is excited to team up with EquestrianCoach.com to bring you excellent instruction from the world's top equestrians!

TSB is excited to team up with EquestrianCoach.com to bring you excellent instruction from the world’s top equestrians!

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