Safety is one of the most important topics in eventing. The experts agree that good training of horse and rider is the best prerequisite for safe cross-country riding. A good cross-country rider, above all, is characterized by the ability to keep the horse in balance with his seat and to correct his seat and his position reflexively. Which seat positions all cross-country riders should know and which important aspects they have to consider, shows the DVD "Chris Bartle's Cross-Country Training". It was produced by pferdia in collaboration with the working group “Safety in Cross-Country” of the German Equestrian Federation (FN).
The Briton Christopher "Chris" Bartle was from 2001 to 2016 discipline coach of the German national eventing team. During this time, he "revolutionized" cross-country training in Germany and led the German riders to world-class achievements. Meticulously, he has evaluated thousands of images and video sequences of cross-country activities and passed on his philosophy during hundreds of courses and seminars to both riders and coaches. It is his foremost requirement for the rider to sit in balance, with the aim of being able to escape from precarious situations at all times. To achieve that, the rider must take a seat that offers him maximum safety and at the same time gives his horse the chance to stay in balance both over the jump and during landing. According to Bartle's philosophy, safety and effectiveness in cross-country riding are based on the following: the outer posture of the rider (posture, balance, seat, legs and hands), communication (trouble-free connection to the horse's mouth), the sense of speed (rhythm and length of stride), the adherence of the line and the balance as well as the inner attitude (positive attitude, trust, concentration). Unlike the rider’s mental attitude, which must always be positive and optimistic, his physical posture should be more "pessimistic".
What exactly is the DVD about?
From a forward light seat to the "oh shit" position - with this educational film Christopher Bartle, coach of the British national eventing team, wants to improve safety in cross-country riding. The cross-country seat positions are the key to success. Chris Bartle's practical analysis of examples from training and professional sport reveals the sources of potential mistakes and provides a path to safe cross-country riding. A must-see for eginners, amateurs and professionals.
What do you learn in this DVD?
- How safe seat positions can help you to ride successfully through the cross-country course
- Which 5 cross-country seat positions should be known by every cross-country rider
- How you can sit in balance with your horse both before and after the jump
- Which are the most common seat errors and how you can avoid them
- How the “oh-shit” position can rescue you and your horse from difficult situations