Rider and Trainer Betsy Steiner Identifies Secrets to Her Success
in New Book
New Jersey It is a rare opportunity when an actively competing
international rider takes the time to identify some of the secrets
to her success. Betsy Steiner, member of the 1990 World Equestrian
Games American Dressage Team and winner of CDI Grand Prix from coast
to coast, has done just that in her new book and on her web site.
book, A Gymnastic Riding System Using Mind, Body and Spirit: Progressive
Training for Rider and Horse, published by Trafalgar Square Publishing,
offers more than the traditional aspects of ridingposition,
movements and aids. Instead Betsy reveals her unique and well-rounded
approach that she has used to train many horses and riders to the
grand prix level. For me dressage is about the development
of mind, body and spirit in both horse and rider, Betsy explains.
I wanted the book to explore practical aspects of riding that
have often been overlooked in other texts.
international competitor for more than three decades, Betsy Steiner
offers insight into her successful training and riding methods in
A Gymnastic Riding System Using Mind, Body and Spirit: Progressive
Training for Rider and Horse. She is pictured here with Hilltops
Giotto, one of her successful partners in the show ring.
Photo copyright by phelpsphoto.com
before has such a multifaceted training system been laid out for
riders and horses of all levels. Using the Classical Dressage Pyramid
Betsy offers a three-dimensional approach to rhythm, suppleness,
contact, impulsion, straightness and collection. My work is
firmly rooted in the classical method, which is the key to all successful
training whether the horse specializes in jumping, dressage or western
speed events, Betsy says.
key component in Betsys system is rider fitness. Included
in the book is a full program of Pilates based exercises specifically
developed by Betsy for riders of all levels. Betsys Equilatesä
program addresses and solves common rider complaints of crookedness,
sore backs, and lack of strength. Her motivation for developing
the Equilatesä program was to relieve horses and riders of
common frustrations that occur in the training process. A
horse can only be as good as its rider, she says. Equilatesä
teaches any rider how to stabilize the core through sport specific
exercises, which will help achieve the independence of seat and
hands, enabling horse and rider to enjoy the harmony we all desire.
on to www.equilates.com offers visitors the chance to sign up for
an enewsletter, read tips from Steiner and view the Equilatesä
clinic and certification schedule. This winter Equilatesä certification
will commence and soon fitness and riding instructors will be able
to help riders around the country achieve their riding goals. I
really believe that each of us can accomplish our dreams with our
horses; we just need the right tools, Betsy says.
addition to writing, Steiner is a teacher, trainer and clinician
based in New Jersey and Florida. For more information check out