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Head Coach USHJA Certified Trainer Heather Pinnick offers her perspective

This summer, the Miami coaches and interns have been getting a new perspective on the three riding disciplines. After the Dressage lesson with Jennifer Grant, and the Western lesson with Beth (Miami Goes Western(link)), it was Head Coach Heather Pinnick’s turn to teach a Hunt Seat riding lesson.


Courtney, Megan, Beth, and Amanda after their jumping lesson.

Heather graduated from The University of Findlay with her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has been coaching at Miami University for 11 years.  During her tenure as coach she has taken beginner riders to National Championships in the walk-trot and has had multiple Cacchione Cup Riders (highest level open riders) finish in the top 10.  Heather is the regional president for the intercollegiate horse shows association Zone 6, Region 2 and the co-manager for the next two National Intercollegiate finals in Kentucky.   She completed her USHJA trainer certification in 2013. In order to receive and maintain certification, trainers are tested on a broad spectrum of relevant professional information, including training techniques, safety of horse and rider, horsemanship skills and business ethics.

 For this lesson, Courtney rode Lexie, Megan rode Indy, Beth rode Dudley, and Amanda rode Buckle.  They began their lesson by warming up on the flat and working on position as it relates to jumping. For the jumping portion they worked on trotting in and cantering out of a line.  Heather walked a line of jumps and discussed how you count strides and how lines are set and what factors go into how many strides a particular horse may get in a line.
Intern Megan Perry former team member who rode with success at both the regional level and higher in both hunt seat and western on the team stated: ” The lesson was great and sparked my interest to get back into riding more hunt seat again.”
Check back in for more updates as we approach the end of summer. See you all soon!

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