John Ride On!

23 02 2010

John, Bailey and Andi.

John Flint, from John and Tammy on 96.3 Star Country , was nervous for his first lesson. He did not know what to expect. John has never been on a horse. He is answering a challenge posed by Olympic Gold Medalist speed skater, Casey FitzRandolph,on the air to compete at the Midwest Horse Fair in Ariat Jumping with the Stars! on April 18th.

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John on the lunge line.

Andi Bill, Head Instructor at Hoofer Equestrian Center is the perfect coach to take him from a complete non-rider to a confident competitor. Bailey is John’s ideal equine partner to support the effort. Bailey is an aged Holsteiner gelding that belongs to Andi. She competed him ¬†to great success in his younger days. Now he focuses on teaching. He is kind, quiet and intelligent, an excellent match for John.

Everyone starts on the lunge so they can learn about body position, balance and rhythm before moving on to control. John has a natural relaxed way of moving with the horse. He was¬†amazingly quick to get the posting trot. There was quite a bit of activity at Hoofers during John’s lesson.

Off the lunge line!

Everyone watching the lesson remarked on John’s natural abilities. John not only looks great in his Ariat outfit and Troxel helmet, he is definitely a contender! This is no sausage boy! Look out Ariat Jumping with the Stars competitors! John could be really good at this sport. Andi took John and Bailey off the lunge and they worked on steering and control. Well done!

A successful first lesson!

After the lesson, John gave Bailey some well-deserved candy canes and remarked, “I had no idea it would be this much fun!”

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