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Denny Emerson is a USEA Hall-of-Fame Inductee, one of the Chronicle of the Horse’s 50 Most Influential Horsemen of the 20th Century, and author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD. Here he helps us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the publication of CENTERED RIDING with this Sally Swift memory:

 

“Late April in Vermont can be chilly, grey, and still winter-like, and April 21, 1978, was just such a day.

“Sally Swift had driven up to Strafford, Vermont, from Brattleboro, that morning to teach a full schedule of lessons in our indoor ring. As usual, her bubbling enthusiasm had made each successive set a little later, and it was getting dark and decidedly cold by the time Sally finished up and came down to our house for a cup of tea before heading the 90 miles home.

“She walked into the house, beamed that broad infectious smile, and announced, ‘What a wonderful way to have just spent my 65th birthday!’

“At a point in her life when many people are retiring or slowing down, Sally’s teaching and writing career was just gearing up, with the huge phenomenon we now know as ‘Centered Riding’ still in the future.”

 

Share your own CENTERED RIDING  memories and “aha” moments online and tag them #CenteredRiding30! And remember, all CENTERED RIDING books and DVDs are 30% off, the entire month of November.

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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USEA Hall-of-Famer Denny Emerson’s book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD is one of the key ingredients to your ultimate riding success. Here’s what the Hudson Valley Horse Source has to say about the book:

“Lifelong horseman Denny Emerson fills an important gap in equestrian literature with his new book,” says the Hudson Valley Horse Source. “Regardless of your riding discipline or skill level, the wisdom presented in Emerson’s book is relevant to all branches of horsemanship…HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD doesn’t teach riding technique, rather it is about the out-of-the-tack skills and characteristics that can take your riding to the next level and help you attain your riding goals.

“The scope of this beautifully designed book is broadened with interviews from 23 of the world’s top riders. Equestrian luminaries, such as Beezie Madden (show jumping), Larry Poulin (carriage driving), Clinton Anderson (natural horsemanship), Stacy Westfall (reining), Buck Davidson (eventing), and Courtney King-Dye (dressage) are among those interviewed. In these concise interviews, the riders explain why they think they got good and share their most important pieces of advice.”

A sample of some of the advice from the pros in HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD:

Dressage

JANE SAVOIE

“Make sure you get a solid foundation by working with someone really good, and riding everything you can sit on.”

Eventing

MARY KING

“First, get as much riding experience as possible. Second, follow your dreams, even if they don’t seem possible.”

Endurance

MEG SLEEPER

“Never stop trying to get better and to learn…if you keep your eyes open, you can learn useful information in the most unexpected places.”

Eventing

BUCK DAVIDSON

“I talk to everyone I can and try to learn a little from them all.”

Hunter/Jumper

GEOFF TEALL

“Pay attention to yourself, be willing to work hard, put one foot in front of the other, and do the very best you can every day.”

Dressage

COURTNEY KING-DYE

“Be brave and believe in yourself.”

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