1912 Olympics part 3

The following is the final part of the 1913 “RASP” article “American Officers in the Riding Competitions, Stockholm, Sweden” by Captain Ben Lear, Jr., Fifteenth Cavalry. Captain Lear’s description of the problems that the team faced during preparation and competition show the grit and determination of our first Olympic equestrian team.  I part 3 he compares the preparations made by […] Continue Reading


For the past month my family and I have been in the throes of moving, (a condition that we’ll be in for a little longer) so I am very happy to have ” an Abstract  by RH from  HORSEMANSHIP  by WALDEMAR SEUNIG ” to share with you. RH is Roger Hanington, Major (retired), late Royal Artillery. He’s a friend and a […] Continue Reading

Who is the Future of Horsemanship in the U.S.?

Most of the old time horsemen have asked the same question during the past few years.  Where have the horsemen (and women) gone? I think it’s fair to say that horsemen beget horsemen, usually. But spend a little time around people involved with Pony Club or Fox Hunting and you’ll learn that the horseman is dying out and being replaced […] Continue Reading

Crest Release- Where Did It Come From?

How did the crest release become the standard way of using the hands during jumping in the United States? Did we always use the crest release? Where did it come from? In 1938 when Capt. Littauer first told riders to “…support(ing) yourself with your hands laid on the horse’s neck.”, he was addressing riders who were beginning to jump.  He […] Continue Reading

Are Hands Part Of The Base Of Support In Jumping?

A Recap In my last blog I showed you how the Base of Support has evolved from Fort Riley to the current Hunter Seat trend. This blog will explain why “Base of Support” as defined by the legendary teacher, George Morris, is only a part of the truth on the flat and over fences. To refresh our memory, the 1935 […] Continue Reading

Changing the Base of Support

It doesn’t take much to change a foundational teaching on horsemanship. Make a small omission, teach a slightly different definition, distort a concept or tool; and then pass it on to the current generation, and horsemanship evolves. Mean No Harm The study of horsemanship at the Fort Riley Cavalry School was based on the theories of riding from the French […] Continue Reading