Tonight (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) from 8:00 to 9:00 pm EST, Practical Horseman magazine and Cosequin are presenting a FREE webinar with 12-time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and 5-time Olympian Phillip Dutton. The webinar will focus on how to be a successful eventer at any level, based on Phillip’s new book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON…and there’s still time to sign up!


Phillip Dutton signing copies of his new book at a special event.
Phillip Dutton signing copies of his new book at a special event.

Phillip’s been having a great eventing season so far, and finding time between schooling and competing to sign a few books! Watch for your opportunity to meet Phillip and get a personally signed copy of his book at an event or tack store near you. (Bit of Britain is hosting a Virtual Book Signing for the rest of the month of June—check it out HERE.)

If you’re looking for new schooling exercises to improve your and your horse’s jumping, you’ll find some great ideas in MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON. Phillip includes 11 of his personal exercises—the ones he uses to train and teach his horses and students in preparation for show jumping rounds and cross-country. Here’s a couple to try this week:

Jumping Exercise A

Phillip says:

To practice straightness and holding a line to a narrow-faced jump, I like to use the following exercise:


– In the line of offset verticals, there should be an overlap, or “eye,” of about 2 to 3 feet for the horse to jump through.

– To work on being able to ride forward through a turn, the 20-yard bending line can be ridden in a forward four strides. This can also be a waiting five or six strides.


22 feet = one stride

20 yards bending = forward four or “waiting” five or six strides

Jumping Exercise B

Phillip says:

For practicing adjustability in the horse’s stride, I like to set up this line that can be jumped straight through or on a bending line to a bending line:


– The bending line can be four or five strides, while the direct line will be three strides between fences. The 8 yards to 23 yards is a long one-stride to a steady five strides. On a forward canter, once you are through the one-stride, compress the horse for the short five strides.

– Going the other direction, it’s a steady five to a forward one-stride. Approach on a short canter, then once you’re on the fifth stride push forward for the one-stride.


8 yards = one stride

18 bending yards = four or five strides

23 yards = five strides

ModEventwPhilDut-300MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON is available from the TSB online bookstore.