Cody Wooten, an Equine Science major in his junior year at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, is participating in the Horsemastership Training Session this year. He’s kindly been giving HJU an “insider’s view” on what it’s like to experience the clinic first-hand.
On the main lesson, or “theme” of the clinic: The number one theme of the clinic is definitely leg to hand. More specifically, outside rein to inside leg, which is used in every basic principle of riding.
Favorite day of the clinic so far: Today (Thursday) was probably my favorite day, because I learned a lot in all of the sessions. I’m also really settling into my horse and the exercises are really helping the both of us.
On riding another participant’s horse: If I could ride any other horse it would probably Sophie Simpson’s horse, because he looks really scopey and comfortable and he had such a great presence in the ring.
Feelings about Friday’s “no stirrup” day: I’m very confident for no stirrup day, because I ride a lot at home without stirrups and practice a lot.
Which pro rider is his “hero”: My riding hero is probably Beezie Madden, because she is such a great rider. She makes everything look effortless and she has also been consistently wonderful for so long in the industry
What it’s like being surrounded by so many elite riders: It’s been such a great opportunity to meet so many too professionals and learn so much for them. Their knowledge and experience has been exceptionally influential to my riding and to my equine knowledge.
On his favorite George-ism: My favorite George-ism is definitely the “constipated cat,” when he is talking about people’s arms being too stiff at the walk.