Louise Nice took her Lusitano Verdi to the Training the Teachers of Tomorrow’s Stephen Clarke and Miguel Ralao seminar in April. She was looking for insights into piaffe and passage. Stephen remarked that piaffe and pirouettes are virtually the same mechanic. Seeking more 'air time' in the canter, in the first part of their session, the international judge and Olympic rider focused on a mix of the two exercises. But first they observed the pair at work.

Stephen began: “I can straight away see that this horse has a clear, distinct, four-beat in his . . .

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