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Peter Leone's Show Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Competitorsby Peter Leone
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Ride the Body: Lessons in Winning from an Olympic Equestrian
Discover one champion's secrets to show-ring success. Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone shares the lessons and habits he has developed over three decades of riding at the highest levels of competition, and he'll help you achieve your personal riding goals, whatever they might be.
Solid riding mechanics and a trusting and respectful friendship between horse and rider are the key elements of Leone's formula for successful showing and jumping. Good form and position give you the confidence, awareness, and presence to connect and communicate with your horse, establishing a "horse to rider, rider to horse" relationship as you "ride the body, not the head." When you and your horse work together, you bring out the best in each other.
In each section of the book, Leone clearly and concisely describes an important riding or jumping principle. He lays out related practice activities and offers checklists for self-evaluation. Descriptions and photographs of top riders bring his principles to life.
Work your way through the secrets to Leone's success, and soon you'll be "riding the ride you know is right."
For equestrian athletes of all levels, Olympic medalist Peter Leone shares his strategies and methods for success in Peter Leone's Show Jumping Clinic. He coaches riders on the elements of first-rate horsemanship and the foundations of competitive show jumping, sharing his techniques for improving both the physical aspects of riding and the mental strength and focus that are essential to successful competition.
About the Author
1996 Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone is the winner of over 50 Grand Prix, including the 2010 Grand Prix of Devon. Leone coaches professional riders as well as amateur and juniors for the world's top show jumping, equitation, and hunter competitions. Leone and his wife, Marcella, own and operate Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.
As a rider, coach, leadership professor, and author, Kimberly Jaussi marries her passion for helping others learn with her love for the fundamentals of riding and jumping. She is an award-winning teacher and a sought-after public speaker and facilitator, and she lives with her family in Oswego, New York, where they operate Lucky Stone Farm.
Table of Contents
Foreword by George Morris
Section One. The Fundamentals of Good Riding
Chapter One: Horse to Rider and Back Again
1. The Rider's Aids: The Buttons
2. Thinking about Position: Form and Function
3. Make Friends with Your Horse
4. The Importance of the Right Equipment
Chapter Two: The Biggest Keys
1. The Whole Horse: Mind and Body
2. Ride the Body
3. It's All in the Legs
Chapter Three: Focus on the Flat
1. Setting Goals
2. Contact: Tying It All Together
3. Transitions: Change It Up
4. You're Ready When: Picking the Right Time and Place
Chapter Four: The Art of the Ride
1. First Become a Good Mechanic
2. A Little More Salt? Or a Little More Sugar?
3. What a Feeling!
Section Two. Foundations over Fences
Chapter Five: Make a Commitment
1. Emotional Commitment Comes First
2. Closer Is Better, Almost Always
3. Make Each Jump Work
4. Ride the Ride You Know Is Right
Chapter Six: Jumping Gymnastics
1. Result: Perfect Position
2. Result: Balance and Timing
3. Result: Adjustability
Chapter Seven: Riding the Lines
1. Direct or Bending: Which Line Will You Ride?
2. Do the Math and See in the Moment
3. Ride the Body for the Best Track
Chapter Eight: The Building Blocks of Today's Courses
1. Isolate the Pieces and Take Them One at a Time
2. Identify the Prime Jumping Questions
3. Ride the Prime Jumping Questions
Section Three. Eyes on the Prize: Competing and Showing
Chapter Nine: Putting It All Together in the Ring
1. Practice, Practice, Practice, Then Trust Your Homework
2. Create Deja Vu Moments
3. Warm Up and Ace the Test
Chapter Ten: Seeking the Medal
1. Medals, Derbies, Classics, and More
2. Planning Your Show Year
3. The Nuances of a Winning Ride
Appendix 1: Test Your Eye
Appendix 2A: Olympic Medals in Show Jumping
Appendix 2B: Show Jumping World Championships
Appendix 2C: ASPCA Maclay Championship Finals
Appendix 3: Road to the Olympics
Appendix 4: Team Leone
Interior Photography Credits
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