SOME THOUGHTS ON CATCH RIDING
It is clear to me - through patience and an openness to the special qualities of each animal, that being a catch rider allows you to understand riding from a very healthy and sensible place. The learning and trust between a horse and a rider is reciprocal. A catch rider has to adapt quickly, using strategies that acknowledge a horse's way of going and level of experience. For me, each new horse offers something different, a special new learning experience.
In the last five years, some of my best memories as a junior rider on the WEF circuit have been as a catch rider. I was fortunate to meet great trainers, owners and horses and, for that, I am especially grateful.
This week Beacon Hill will compete at a Littlewood Show, which is held on the WEF showgrounds.
On March 26, 2007, we travel to Tampa for the last two weeks of WEF.
Talk to you later!