It’san outstanding, informative book! Do you get bored reading page after page of gray type with a few photos scattered around? Well, this book changes all that. It is indeed like being at a clinic, with “Spot Checks” to ensure you’re doing things correctly, “Try This” sidebars that help you resolve problems, and excellent illustrations and photos that show you the concept in action. It’s a fast read, and you don’t have to read it cover-to-cover. In fact, we bet you won’t be able to stop picking it up to look at it again.
Every decade or so a book comes along that is head-and-shoulders above other riding manuals: George's HUNTER SEAT EQUITATION and THE AMERICAN STYLE, Bill Steinkraus' RIDING AND JUMPING, ANNE KURSINSKI'S RIDING AND JUMPING, Anna-Jane White-Mullins' book on judging.
Your book belongs on the same shelf. Its strong points include the contemporary attitude of horse and rider as partners, something the previous generation of instructors didn't focus on. Another is the seamless blending of riding and sports psychology in a meld that reminds me of Tim Galloway's classic INNER GAME OF TENNIS with regard to setting goals and overcoming mental barriers.
Then too, the substantive contents are far more than just a clinic. It's really a lifetime's worth of instruction. Your target audience will refer to the book over and over as a refresher course about what they've learned both from the book and their own trainers. And it's user-friendly in the extreme. The graphics are clear and attractive, especially the drawings -- the artist, Jean Abernathy, is this century's Sam Savitt.
(Steven D. Price, Editorial Director, The Whole Horse Catalog
Even though Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone’s latest volume focuses on the sport of Show Jumping, many young horse enthusiasts will be able to garner a good number of horsemanship elements applicable to nearly every horse sport—including harness racing. Peter Leone’s Show Jumping Clinic is absolutely best suited for the younger reader who is looking to improve both their horsemanship skills as well as their show jumpingtechniques. Leone stresses throughout his 224 pages of the importance of the relationship between horse andhis handler. A trusting bond is Leone’s formula for success both on the ground and in the show ring. As the Standardbred breed continues to expand and excell outside of racing, Leone’s book is a handy reference tool for those youngsters hoping to take their off-the-track racehorse to new heights.
(The Buckeye Harness Horseman
Presented in a thoughtful, detailed, and yet simple style, this book will improve your riding and horsemanship whether you are beginning your riding journey or trying to improve your current skill level.
(McLain Ward, Double Olympic Gold Medalist