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8/18/2011, Grand Prix, Piaffe/Passage, Lengthening the Neck
This video was taken in 2007. Excellent watch for those with PRE, Andalusian or Lusitano horses. Dealing with many specifics that those breeds must think about in a competative arena. Half Pass, Pirouettes.
Part 1: Jan Bemelmans works with Nuria Vila Perez on the 10 year old Andalusion stallion, Kalibre. They have previously shown I1 and PSG and are working on GP. Jan schooled Nuria by asking that Kalibre stay elevated and long in the neck. He used transitions within the trot half pass from forward to collected and back to forward to encourage Kalibre to stretch his neck more open. Keeping contact with his hind legs when going from the medium to the collected trot created better connection. The half pass was improved by making sure to ride deep into the corners and begin the halt pass right out of the corner.
Part 2: They went on to train the transitions from passage to piaffe and back to passage. The canter pirouettes were improved by getting Kalibre quicker with his hind legs using travers on a circle, and then riding out of this to the canter pirouette.
Jan Bemelmans is truly a rider/trainer with deep heart and soul for what he does! Originally from Belgium, now living in Germany. Currently the French Olympic Team Coach, after 15 years of coaching the Spanish team, helping them reach the highest level of read full bio