This branch of sports works on improving the posture and balance, strengthening the core muscles and developing coordination. In addition, riding brings about an improvement in the abilities of the rider to concentrate as well as in his self – control and self – discipline. Beyond the supportive and cognitive advantages of this unique field, the riders also learn how to work in cooperation with others, and to communicate with such a special animal.
Riding seems to the external observer to be an effortless acceptance by the horse of any maneuver. However, in order to stay in the saddle, the rider must develop harmony with the horse.
Lessons in equestrian sports
The riding lessons in the “Raanana Riding Club” are delivered by a qualified, mature, highly skilled and experienced team of riding instructors. All instructors are personally qualified and recognized by the Sports Administration.
The professional instructor team encourages the students of the riding club to advance in their riding skills in accordance to goals that they participate in developing. In addition the riding school works in collaboration with Shlabei Rechiva (Riding stages) of the “Israeli Equestrian Federation” from the beginning rider and until the instructor level course and competitive riding in the regional and national league.
The “Raanana Riding Club” team
The riding club has three teams of riders who reach competitive riding levels in both fields of equestrian sports (Dressage and show jumping). The riders accepted into the teams train in accordance to a training program under the supervision of Mr. Tomer Totsh – an internationally accredited instructor and the Chief Instructor of the Raanana Riding Club.
The riding lessons take place in the framework of private lessons for 30 minutes at a time. The lessons take place all year round (with the exception of Saturdays and holidays).
Equestrianism – some history…
Opinion is divided as to the exact date in which horses began to be domesticated and ridden, but it seems that the best estimate for this is around 3500 BCE. Throughout history horses filled an important role in everyday life, being used for transportation, agriculture, trade and war. 2500 years ago the ancient Greeks realized that for the horse and rider to survive and emerge victorious from the battlefield, they must work in full harmony together, and to do so they must intensively train to perform side movements and maneuvers relying on bursts of strength. A book detailing principles of horse training (“On Horsemanship”) for fighting and other purposes was written as early as 350 BCE by Xenophon in which it was explained how horses should be selected, raised and trained.
In the early 18th century, the famous Spanish Riding School was opened in Vienna. That was the first formal foundation of the principles of the dressage branch – with its supreme purpose being the presentation of the high level of training full cooperation between rider and steed could achieve. In the year 1900 the dressage branch was formally entered into the Paris Olympic games.
The show jumping branch developed in England between fox hunters in the 18th century. Federico Caprilli was considered to be the “father of modern equesterianism” in show jumping when he developed the jumping seat posture. In 1912 the show jumping branch was entered into the Olympic Games. It would generally be dominated by the military, but over time more and more civilians began to participate in the branch.
In 1956, during the Stockholm Olympic Games, women participated for the first time in show jumping contests.