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Stadium Jumping: the half course

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Riding Level 4: Stadium Jumping At level 3 we asked you to jump a couple of cross-rails and navigate some poles on the ground.  Four level 4 you will have to ride a 13.  Stadium Course 3-4 fences.  Verticals, spreads, combinations.  2’ maximum. A regular course usually has at least eight jumps, so this is in fact only half a…

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Hands up! Jumping single-handed

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Riding Level 4: Jumping single-handed One of the skills we ask you to show in the Mounted Combat program that you won't find in most riding curricula is the ability to 12. Jump a small x-rail with single-hand reining This, of course, is a prequel to being able to jump with a weapon in hand.  Granted, most mounted combat occurs…

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For Want of a Horse …

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The High Cost of Horsing Around We are fortunate at Academie Duello.  We are one of the few HEMA schools in the world that own horses.  Between our three horses and the horses that other owners at Red Colt Co-op make available to us, we are able to run classes, workshops, clinics, and our annual three-day symposium, Carosella for participants…

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Summer Riding at Red Colt Starts Now

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Summer may be three weeks away officially, but summer riding starts this weekend, with new courses of Riding and Horsemanship.  Stay tuned for the return of Friday clinics on Mounted Games, Prix Fiore, Cross Country and more later on this month.  June is also the time to renew your Mounted Combat membership if you are on a half-year cycle.  Don't…

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Bounce that Line! Riding Gymnastics

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Riding Level 4: Gymnastics In the equine world, gymnastics have nothing to do with leotards, balance bars, or vaulting horses. [caption id="attachment_19758" align="alignright" width="300"] A crossrail bounce or no-stride. ie, the horse lands and takes off without a canter stride between jumps.[/caption] Rather, a gymnastic exercise, sometimes called a grid, is a line of jumps or poles set with one, two, or…

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Get Your Game On: Incorporating Mounted Games

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Horsemanship Level 4: Mounted Games It is possible to progress through our Riding and Horsemanship curricula without ever taking up mounted combat, and some people do this.  However, we think you're missing out on a lot of the fun as well as on the riding skills that mounted games build.  So even though we test mounted games skills for the…

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Horse Archery a Sunny Success

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The weather was perfect, the horses were mellow, and the students all left with smiles on their faces after our day of Horseback Archery with Robert Borsos of Borsos Torzs Horse Archery.  The beginners started the day by learning Hungarian archery from foot, before we mounted them up on friendly school horses with handlers for some shooting from the saddle. The bows…

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Relinquishing Control? Dropping the Reins at all Paces

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Riding Level 4: Dropping the Reins There are many times dropping the reins is useful or necessary in mounted combat. Historical manuals show pommel strikes, grappling, cross-bow, off-hand, and half-sword plays at walk and canter.  And, of course, horseback archery is always done without a hand on the reins.  Some images show the reins looped through the left elbow (image on right) and…

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Shooting from the Saddle: Horseback Archery Returns May 7th

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We're delighted to welcome back Robert Borsos of Borsos Torsz Horse Archery for another day of workshops on Sunday May 7th!  The Beginner workshop is suitable for riders and archers of all levels from those who've never held a bow or sat upon a horse on up.  The Intermediate workshop is for those who have taken the Beginner course previously…

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Switching to Summer Hours at Red Colt

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It's that time of year again!  As the furry coats are shedding out, we shift our class times to take advantage of lingering daylight.  This means Riding & Horsemanship classes move to Saturdays from 4pm onward, starting this Saturday, April 22nd.  Mounted Combat mastery classes and Mounted Combat Fundamentals remain on Sundays starting at noon.  That means you get not…

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