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The State of U.S. Show Jumping with Katie Prudent

Katie Prudent
Katie & Henri Prudent

Former U.S. Show Jumping Team rider and popular coach Katie Prudent shares her concerns about the decline of the sport in the USA

Podcast length: 23′ 54″

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Chris Stafford talks to renown coach and trainer Katie Prudent about the current state of show jumping in the USA. For more than two decades, Katie was one of the sport’s most successful riders.In the first-ever FEI World Cup Final, in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1979, she finished second, and went on to ride in five more finals in the 1980s. She dominated that decade and was selected to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was denied the chance to compete because of the U.S. boycott.Katie was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1986 World Championships inn Aachen. She was named the American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year three times and awarded the Whitney Stone Cup for her superior record in international competition.  For many years Katie has been a sought after trainer who tells it like it is. With her strong foundation in horsemanship she now laments how the sport has changed in the US and why the future looks bleak for the U.S. Team. 

“The sport has become for the fearful, talentless amateur, that’s what the sport has been dummied down to and unfortunately because of money, the fearful, talentless amateur can rise to a certain level. How far can the amateur go by buying the greatest horse in the world?!  I think in five to ten years we’re going to have a really hard time to put together a good team.”

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  1. Karin Immerman

    July 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I couldn’t agree more! I’ve said the same things Katie says here.Ive said what are we going to reward as a high score now ? Subterranean rails at a walk?my students ride without stirrups for their entire hour.I was told I was too hard by. A trainer?Right on Katie!,

  2. Susan Simmons

    July 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Outstanding interview. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Depo epidemic in the US horse world……….. and other calmers. My daughter ( age 15 ) was a working student for a year. I could write a book! Doing her own thing now to train and show her young horse the good old fashioned way without the $1 million price tag one trainer quoted for qualifying for finals. NUTS. This is a young woman who wants a career in the sport, not a dead end ribbon.

  3. Yvonne

    July 13, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Everyone want the easy fix. It always the horse not the rider. I feel as if they need to learn to ride the hair off the horse and learn everything that goes with a barn and animals. Not being a passer but a rider. Learn from the bottom up.hard work and many hours brings a winning ride.

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