COMPLETED – Sharon McCusker Moves Wrigley Closer to Grand Prix Excellence

Posted by admin On September - 14 - 2016

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Dressageclinic.com is pleased to present this video with Sharon McCusker, who brings us the extraordinary experience of showing her progress with her exceptionally talented Wrigley – a 9 year-old gelding training grand prix.

Wrigley and Sharon are earning top marks every time they enter the ring.  Wrigley is strong and supple and Sharon is slowly developing the quality gates that win competitions.  Her current goal is to move Wrigley up into the Grand Prix ring.   

This year her training with Stephan Stephen Peters and Debbie McDonald, to name a few, produced the following feedback: they are all extremely optimistic about their future.  And after watching their progress in this video, their future certainly looks bright.

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Watch Sharon McCluster and Wrigley train Grand Prix movments. (link needed)

This video is satisfying as it can be compared with the work recorded a year ago, which shows the real investment of training a top-level horse. 

The investment is time in the training ring using clear, honest and fair cues which errors on the side of caution.  Sharon is cautious of her training work of Wrigley as she does not want to lose any elasticity in his body.  Sharon wants strong but loose muscles in Wrigley and is always making sure she is working him in a relaxed, elastic, yet powerful way.

Sharon comments that Wrigley has changed from last year’s video and he’s now more balanced, has more elasticity, greater groundcover, and is lighter off the ground.  Click here to watch Sharon McCluster and Wrigley one year ago. (link needed)

And Sharon shows his progress in today’s video.  She tests Wrigley to ensure he is with her on half halts, on both reins, and has the uphill balance that produces quality gaits and superior movements. 

Sharon works Wrigley on a few elements required of grand prix horses including canter half pass and tempis as well as piaffe and passage. 

‘The trot was the last thing to come together’, she states. 

Sharon is an excellent rider to watch as she can share her decision-making and aid use while working Wridley.  Her fairness in training shines though as she comments on how late cues by the rider are not the fault of the horse and rewards Wrigley for good, honest hard work and when quality gaits are achieved.  The proof is Wridley happily providing solid piaffe and passage movements.

Shar102X142 PROFILEon reminds us that the best way to instill upper level movements in our horses is by delivering clear aids and rewarding them when they have done it right.

We look forward to watching these two stars rise to the top.

So far, they are enjoying the journey.  Congratulations Sharon and Wrigley.

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