Ali Cornish and her family share how they use Buck Brannaman's methods to prepare their horses for the hunter/jumper ring.
Ali Cornish and her family share how they use Buck Brannaman’s methods to prepare their horses for the hunter/jumper ring.

Be sure to read and share the article I wrote about Buck Brannaman clinic sponsor Tina Cornish, and her children Ali and Noah, which is now featured on In the piece entitled “In Search of a Clear, Clean Round: One Family’s Experience with Buck Brannaman,” the Cornish family shares its experience working with Buck Brannaman as they compete in the hunter/jumper world.

The Cornish family appeared in the hit documentary BUCK and was featured in 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN. Watch this clip from Disc 5 to hear a little of their story:

It was great talking to Tina, Ali, and Noah about the time they’ve been able to spend absorbing Buck’s methods, and then learning to apply them to the horses they have in training, regardless of the intended discipline. Their primary goal as a family is to make their chosen horse sport depend on good horsemanship for success, rather than tricks and shortcuts and drugs. Buck’s methods are instrumental in enabling them to remain true to this goal, keeping them safe as they restart horses to then go on and win in the hunter/jumper ring. Having just returned from Wellington where we had the opportunity to touch on this subject with some of the leaders in the sport, I think their message is especially pertinent as various committees take a closer look at current rules and regulations and standards, and what needs to change.

I asked the Cornish family to share their favorite “Buckism,” since every time he opens his mouth, something sage and infinitely useful seems to come out! Here’s what they said:

“Buck is really funny,” said Tina, “so there are too many things he says to pick one favorite quote. But one that works for me is, ‘You need to know what happened, before what happened, happened.’ I feel like it makes you ride proactively and think ahead instead of waiting for it to fall apart, then fixing it. It keeps you sharp.”

“I’m with my mom on that one,” agreed Ali. “That little piece of advice has really helped me a lot since the horses I have had to ride have not been the easiest. It makes it easier for me to help them around the show ring if I pay attention to the details.”

“I like: ‘You would be way better off if you could learn to do things 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical; unfortunately, most people don’t figure that out until they have lost 90 percent of their physical,” added Noah. “I think this quote speaks for itself.”

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–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor