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In his book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD, author Denny Emerson details the success stories of 23 top riders. And it is perhaps no surprise that when asked to name some of the reasons they “got good,” many of these equestrians listed “Mom” way up near the top.

“My mom was my first teacher,” says Reining Freestyle Champion Stacy Westfall, “but she didn’t just tell me what to do. She wanted me to figure it out. If my pony did something wrong, like stopping at one of the tiny jumps we had set up, Mom would say, ‘Why do you think Misty did that?’ Her approach got me thinking like a horse, which has really influenced my life. When you can figure out what the horse is thinking and how to communicate with the horse and mold that, you can do almost anything.”

Co-founder of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation Louise Serio agrees that moms can be the best riding teachers. “My mother taught riding for a living,” she says. “She didn’t make us kids ride, it just happened…Whenever we were ‘just riding,’ though, my mother was always teaching someone. I can hear her and her instruction in my mind, from all those years.”

Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee Sandy Collier says, “When my mother realized I was absolutely a horse person, she made sure I got lessons with quality trainers and helped me get involved with Pony Club and eventing (because that was available in our area). That was my foundation; the seat I developed for dressage contributed to my success as a reiner.”

“My mom had been a serious rider as a junior and there were horses in our backyard in Ocala from the time I was two,” champion hunter rider Havens Schatt chimes in. “We had a really good pony I could sit on in the paddock, in front of the kitchen window where my mom would watch me…Having a parent who was so into horses made riding feel natural and easy from the start.”

On the opposite side of the horse-family spectrum, gold-medal-winning British event rider Mary King says, “Although my mother wasn’t interested in horses herself, she liked to help me; she made the picnic and drove the lorry to competitions, as she still does today! My dreams seemed farfetched, from a starting point of a non-horsey family with no money, but I have been able to do what I dreamed of doing.”

And at least partly because of Mom.

 

Thanks to all the supportive horse moms out there.

Happy Mother’s Day from Trafalgar Square Books.

 

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

CLICK HERE to read more from Denny Emerson’s HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD

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I’d say 8 out of 10 of my New Year’s Resolutions this year were inspired by Olympic eventer and Tevis Cup buckle-winner Denny Emerson’s new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD (one of the perks of my job is getting to read fantastic material before everyone else…) The ideas he shares are hands-down some of the best I’ve come across, not only in terms of determining the course of your own riding career, but also in terms of deciding who you are going to be in this life–and by this I mean “in general,” whether your actions involve horses or not.

Denny’s theories, stories, and advice are reinforced by some of the top names in equestrian sport, from all kinds of disciplines, including eventing, reining, dressage, endurance, show jumping, driving, and hunters. His book includes “how I did it” profiles and photos from Beezie Madden, James Stierhoff, Anne Gribbons, Gina Miles, Sandy Collier, Georgina Bloomberg, Larry Poulin, Michael Pollard, Clinton Anderson, Laura Kraut, Jane Savoie, Mary King, Havens Schatt, Meg Sleeper, Stacy Westfall, Buck Davidson, Geoff Teall, Callan Solem, Robin Groves, Leslie Law, Louise Serio, Peter Wylde, and Courtney King-Dye.

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