As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. In 2010 the California Professional Horsemen's Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was awarded the USHJA President’s Distinquished Service Award. He is recognized as a legend in the sport. As a teacher and trainer, he is one of the most sought after clinicians in the country today. His talent for teaching goes back to his roots where he was fortunate enough to have been educated by some of the very best Master Instructors this country and the world have to offer. He served as the West Coastʼs associate Chef d’ Equip to George H. Morris, the former Chef d’ Equip of the United States Olympic Equestrian Team. After amassing over 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.  Click here to learn more about Bernie.





1990 World Cup Finals with Maybe Forever

During the World Cup Finals in Dortmund, Germany in 1990, the young, inexperienced horse, Maybe Forever, was filling in for Bernie's seasoned grand prix horse, Eastern Sunrise, who was out with an injury. Who would have thought he would be the only horse to go double clear over one of the most challenging indoor courses Olaf Petersen has ever designed.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 10 Seconds


A Brief History Of The American Hunter-Jumper Forward Riding System

Bernie Traurig takes us through a brief history of how the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System came to be and some of the masters who brought it to us and shaped its evolution. This video includes a quotation from William Steinkraus, who is not only an Olympic gold medal winning Equestrian, but a scholar and historian as well.

Running Time: 9 mintues and 53 seconds

A Classic Hunter Round From Back In The Day

Bernie Traurig aboard “Circuit Breaker” winning the Working Hunter Classic at Chagrin Valley, Ohio in the late 1970's. Take a step back in time and see how impressive Thoroughbreds were “back in the day!”

Running Time:  1 minute and 34 seconds

A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse

A narrated video presentation celebrating the extraordinary contribution the Thoroughbred horse has made in all the jumping disciplines. Until the very recent past Thoroughbreds dominated North America’s competitive jumping scene with their superior athleticism, heart and jumping prowess. Their popularity sadly declined as warmbloods descended en masse upon the horse show industry beginning in the early 1980s. Thoroughbreds seemed to virtually disappear as seemingly “easy-going” warmbloods gained momentum and cachet. This video is a reminder that some of our most outstanding and beloved equine athletes of all time were proudly Thoroughbreds. Not only should we remember their profound influence, but applaud and encourage their reemergence into the mainstream of the equestrian sport.

Running Time: 37 minutes and 15 seconds

A Triple Combination School

Bernie, with help from Mandy Porter, shows how he uses a combination to instill confidence in the horse while improving the horseʼs quality of jump.

Running Time: 14 minutes and 4 seconds

Adjusting Stirrups

Here’s a slick tip brought to our attention by one of our clever subscribers, Wendy Hunt. Do you find it difficult to adjust your stirrups while mounted? Find out how this simple technique is a brilliant solution.

To learn even more about stirrup & girth adjustments view the video: Safety First: Stirrup and Girth Adjustments

Running Time: 4 minutes and 58 seconds

Advanced Chapter 12 - The Accordion

In this excerpt from the Advanced section of Fundamentals of Flatwork Bernie shows us one of his favorite exercises to enhance the longitudinal elasticity of the horse’s back.

Running Time: 1 minute and 32 seconds

Click here to view all of: Fundamentals of Flatwork - Part 3 - Advanced

Advanced Chapter 4 - Lateral Exercises

In this excerpt from the Advanced section of Fundamentals of Flatwork Bernie shows us his favorite lateral exercises he finds particularly useful in the jumping sport that you can incorporate into your schooling program.

Running Time: 2 minutes and 23 seconds

Advanced Equitation: Changing the Bend in the Counter Canter

A common ride-off test in advanced equitation classes involves turning to a jump on the counter lead. This becomes a problem if your horse is overly bent to the outside in order to maintain the counter canter because there is no chance to get his eye on the jump. If a slight change of bend causes your horse to swap leads when zeroing in on the jump, you are also in trouble. To answer this question on course, the horse must be trained to maintain the counter lead while simultaneously changing the bend to the inside. In this video, Bernie teaches a sensitive horse how to achieve this.

Running Time: 5 minutes and 53 seconds

Advanced Exercises To Develop A Better Eye: Part 2

Once you’ve developed the ability to see your distances proficiently, you’re ready to fine-tune your eye. In this segment Bernie uses cavaletti and small jumps in exercises that will teach you how to create the perfect take off point in relation to the course.

View the first part of this series:

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B

Running Time: 16 minutes and 59 seconds