By Wrenn Propp
Robert Taylor’s advice – delivered in a voice lightly threaded with an Irish brogue and immigrant Australian – is pretty good if you’re riding a pony or poised on horseback.
“The more confidence you have, the quicker you’ll go,” urged Taylor, an internationally known riding and jumping instructor, during a jumping clinic April 8 at the Rodeo Grounds in Los Alamos.
It’s also applicable for the rest of us.
For example, when you’re coming down from a big jump, lean back, or it is certain you will fall.
“Shoulders forward and it’s not a matter of when, it’s a matter of where,” you will go down, he said.
About 20 riders participated in activities sponsored by the Los Alamos Pony Club last weekend, including 11 riders for mounted game competition April 8. Taylor, who has lived in the United States for 20 years and operates TaylorMade Stables in Maryland, has taught annual clinics in Los Alamos four times in the past. He also presents clinics in Albuquerque and Taos.
With an estimated 300 to 350 horses, ponies and other equines in Los Alamos County, his clinics have been popular. And appreciative spectators abound.