Get Connected - Educational DVD
The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association, USHJA and USEF are pleased
to announce Get Connected, an educational DVD featuring
USEF Tests 1 through 19, with Debbie McDonald (World Cup Champion and U.S.
Olympian in dressage), Cynthia Hankins (USEF R Judge, USEF Medal
Final winner) and Michael Moran (USEF judge, most recognized horse
show announcer). Get Connected serves as a visual
reference guide for riders, trainers and judges and will be one
of the main educational tools used in USEF Judges' clinics.
Get Connected would not have been possible without
the expertise and contributions of the enormous talents involved:
Debbie McDonald, Cynthia Hankins and Michael Moran. A special thank
you to the directorial acumen and unparalleled creative vision of
Jill Silverthorne and the skills of her knowledgeable crew. Get
Connected was shot in high definition against the brilliant
and beautiful backdrop of Linda Fowler’s Epona Farms.
Those who have previewed Get Connected agree that
it is the highest quality educational DVD made to date. Bill Moroney,
USHJA president, commented
that this DVD "is truly a comprehensive educational tool for the
Get Connected utilizes the USEF Rule Book, the USEF
Judge’s Manual and the USHJA Equitation Task Force for content and
information. Debbie McDonald and Cynthia Hankins lend their years
of experience and top-level instruction to Get Connected
as experts and demonstrators. In combination, the references and
professionals provide a program of classical content and information
that will be valued for many years to come.
The title "Get Connected" was chosen because of the
vastness of its meaning
a) Making the connection between many components of the sport:
judging, riding and training
b) Connected to how dressage and hunter seat equitation are based
on the same principles
c) The connection of leg to hand, like "riding through," which
Debbie McDonald refers to in her explanation of "a horse in balance"
d) A rider connected to the way a test should be performed
Get Connected illustrates how tests are correctly
performed. If there is more than one way to correctly perform a
test, this is clearly stated and illustrated, while encouraging
judges to be specific in stating his or her preference.
PCHA and USHJA will provide all USEF hunter/equitation registered
judges with a complimentary copy of Get Connected.
While the main subject matter of Get Connected is
the USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Tests 1 through 19, the following topics
are also discussed and illustrated to augment this educational tool:
- How Saddles Influence Position
- Form Follows Function and Function Follows Form
- The Three Basic Hunter Seat Positions
- Common Position Flaws
- The Dressage Position
- Forward, Straight, Frame
- The Connected, Balanced Horse
- Common Connection Flaws
- Lateral Movements and Exercises
- USEF Tests 1 through 19
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