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Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

 

 

Don’t miss “Follow Your Heart, Wherever It Leads,” the feature story in the April issue of the popular Wellington-based equestrian magazine Sidelines. Writer Kayla Starnes details the story behind how BUCK the award-winning documentary came to be made, and how 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, the seven-disc instructional series, was the follow-up director Cindy Meehl knew had to be made.

“This, to me, is the way training should be done,” Cindy says about 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the article. “What I put in 7 CLINICS, I believe, will astound people with the results they will get. I don’t care what type of riding you do, Buck’s tools can take you much farther than you ever dreamed.”

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Cindy also shares a little about her current projects, including the forthcoming documentaries Unbranded (about four young men riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada) and Dogs on the Inside (about stray dogs that are retrained for adoption by inmates). Pick up your copy of Sidelines (you can order the issue online by CLICKING HERE) for the scoop.

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and BUCK the documentary are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

 

 

And did you know? Kayla Starnes, writer of the Sidelines feature about Cindy Meehl and her film projects, is the author of TEAM ROPING 101,which is on sale now!

 

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Ali Cornish and her family share how they use Buck Brannaman's methods to prepare their horses for the hunter/jumper ring.

Ali Cornish and her family share how they use Buck Brannaman’s methods to prepare their horses for the hunter/jumper ring.

Be sure to read and share the article I wrote about Buck Brannaman clinic sponsor Tina Cornish, and her children Ali and Noah, which is now featured on Equisearch.com. In the piece entitled “In Search of a Clear, Clean Round: One Family’s Experience with Buck Brannaman,” the Cornish family shares its experience working with Buck Brannaman as they compete in the hunter/jumper world.

The Cornish family appeared in the hit documentary BUCK and was featured in 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN. Watch this clip from Disc 5 to hear a little of their story:

It was great talking to Tina, Ali, and Noah about the time they’ve been able to spend absorbing Buck’s methods, and then learning to apply them to the horses they have in training, regardless of the intended discipline. Their primary goal as a family is to make their chosen horse sport depend on good horsemanship for success, rather than tricks and shortcuts and drugs. Buck’s methods are instrumental in enabling them to remain true to this goal, keeping them safe as they restart horses to then go on and win in the hunter/jumper ring. Having just returned from Wellington where we had the opportunity to touch on this subject with some of the leaders in the sport, I think their message is especially pertinent as various committees take a closer look at current rules and regulations and standards, and what needs to change.

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I asked the Cornish family to share their favorite “Buckism,” since every time he opens his mouth, something sage and infinitely useful seems to come out! Here’s what they said:

“Buck is really funny,” said Tina, “so there are too many things he says to pick one favorite quote. But one that works for me is, ‘You need to know what happened, before what happened, happened.’ I feel like it makes you ride proactively and think ahead instead of waiting for it to fall apart, then fixing it. It keeps you sharp.”

“I’m with my mom on that one,” agreed Ali. “That little piece of advice has really helped me a lot since the horses I have had to ride have not been the easiest. It makes it easier for me to help them around the show ring if I pay attention to the details.”

“I like: ‘You would be way better off if you could learn to do things 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical; unfortunately, most people don’t figure that out until they have lost 90 percent of their physical,” added Noah. “I think this quote speaks for itself.”

Be sure to read and share the article on Equisearch.com. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

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Jane Savoie with TSB Senior Editor Rebecca Didier and Managing Director Martha Cook.

Jane Savoie with TSB Senior Editor Rebecca Didier and Managing Director Martha Cook.

If only we can all find the energy to pursue our passions, our hobbies, our careers like Jane Savoie!

Jane, author of many TSB books, including her most recent bestseller DRESSAGE 101, is forever an inspiration when it comes to identifying a goal and then making it happen. It was great to catch up with her and her husband Rhett today, and have a chance to talk about her Happy Horse Home Study Course, her Friesian Moshi, and her newest pursuit: ballroom dancing! Jane looks great and says she can’t believe the parallels she’s discovering between dressage and dance—plus, she says fitter than she’s ever been (and she gets to buy fabulous dresses).

Today we also explored Wellington’s famous Tackeria, an expansive and impressive collection of equestrian clothing and horse gear (and TSB books and DVDs!) right outside the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Show Grounds. I was thrilled to see they had copies of DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, the new book I cowrote with renowned horse trainer and animal behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones already in stock.

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We then grabbed the shuttle to the PBIEC in time to watch the $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. It was infinitely educational to watch the riders warm up prior to their go, and of the 53 starters, 11 made it to the jump-off. We had a great view of a nail-biter of a finish as Kent Farrington and Blue Angel edged ahead of Beezie Madden on Cortes ‘C’ by the slimmest of margins.

We ended our day with a with George Morris, whose retirement ceremony was last night, and who spent his 75th birthday last week in the saddle, over fences. It was wonderful to hear his “post chef d’equipe” plans, as well as hope that we, too, will be riding, and smiling about it, at 75.

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TSB spent much of its day at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.

TSB spent much of its day at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.

We faced the morning—our first in Florida after our whirlwind exploration of Ft. Worth, Texas, and its environs—with great optimism in terms of the weather: The sun was struggling out from behind the clouds and the grass in West Palm Beach is most certainly green. One step out-of-doors, however, sent us running back up the eight floors we’d just descended in search for the jackets and sweatshirts we’d at first so blithely left behind. It was COLD today!!!

Despite our issues with the GPS in Texas, we for some foolish reason thought technology deserving of a second (third?) chance, but of course it brought us only to the very-much-locked gate (no doubt the “rear” entrance) of the gated horse community in which the Palm Beach Dressage Derby was taking place…so we waited for some kind, semi-local soul with a key code to come along and let us follow him in. I’ve never been in an area where the law states (and signage, too!) that drivers must proceed slowly due to the presence of horses…it made me feel rather empowered, despite the fact that I was behind the wheel and not in the saddle. I guess it helps to know that somewhere, sometimes, horses and riders get the right of way and a little respect from passing motorists.

We spent a jolly morning with Kathy Connelly, international dressage rider, trainer, and coach; met up with TSB author Jane Savoie’s husband Rhett; and had an absolutely terrific time with Yvonne Barteau and the ever-engaging GP Raymeister, the handsome Holsteiner stallion she’s trained and ridden for seven years. Ray is full of character, and we always love getting the chance to see him go!

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We finally left the Derby grounds to visit with Betsy Steiner, author of A GYMNASTIC RIDING SYSTEM USING MIND, BODY & SPIRIT, and had the pleasure of watching her long-line two very different (in terms of conformation, personality, and way of going) horses as she explained her views on the benefits of long-line work. It was really fun to go through her barn with her and see the variety of horses she has in training, including Warmbloods, a Lusitano, and two Fjords!

We wrapped up our day with dinner in Wellington with TSB author and USEF “R” Hunter/Hunter Equitation judge Geoff Teall (yes, more eating!), which helped us segue from our day in “dressage land” to tomorrow’s show jumping Grand Prix. We’ll post photos and news from the event here on our blog, FB, Twitter, and Instagram.

I’m sure hoping the Florida weather gods will turn a kind (aka warm) eye toward us poor Northeasterners with only a short-term pass to the land of sun, but we hear it will again be COLD tomorrow…and it may even RAIN.

And believe it or not, even in the cold, Martha and I both somehow managed to end the day with a sunburn! I know that when in Wellington one shouldn’t really complain, but it just doesn’t seem fair…

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TSB is headed to Texas and Florida!

TSB is headed to Texas and Florida!

TSB Managing Director Martha Cook and Senior Editor Rebecca Didier are hitting the road, traveling to two of the nation’s horse-hot-spots and visiting with some of our best-known authors while experiencing beautiful farms and ranches and top-notch equestrian competition.

For the next seven days, we’ll be reporting in periodically as we travel to Fort Worth, Texas, Wellington, Florida, and a whole lotta places in between. You can follow along, hear about who we see and what we think, and see pictures of all our experiences by checking in on this blog, the TSB FB or Twitter, or on Instagram (follow horseandriderbooks).

Texas (left) and Florida (right)--headin' to horse country, no matter how you look at it!

Texas (left) and Florida (right)–headin’ to horse country, no matter how you look at it!

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TSB author Betsy Steiner, winner of the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award

International dressage rider and trainer Betsy Steiner, author of the best-selling book A GYMNASTIC RIDING SYSTEM USING MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT, won the Premier Sportsmanship Award while competing Joli Burrell’s Fino at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby at White Fences in Wellington, Florida, in early March.

The Premier Sportsmanship Award, sponsored by Premier Equestrian (a leading supplier of dressage arenas, jumps, arena footing, and stable accessories) is awarded to a rider who displays a high level of sportsmanship during competition.

Steiner says the secret to each and every ride is the simple fact that she loves her horses and she loves competing.”I love all the horses I compete, and Fino just happens to be one of the best,” she shared with her trademark warmth.

When first released, Steiner’s book introduced the dressage world to her system of Pilates for equestrians (Equilates) while providing riders with a clear training system that intertwines facets of mind, body, and spirit (of both horse and rider) with the Classical Training Pyramid. Check it out at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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