Denny Emerson's book How Good Riders Get Good is a must-read for any equestrian. People who are new to horses, and those that have been riding for years will gain valuable insight from Denny.
Personally, I enjoyed his straightforward writing style, and his obvious knowledge and wisdom about horses, horsemanship and so many of the disciplines we all participate in. Reading How Good Riders Get Good was more like having a conversation (although one-sided!) with Denny.
My favorite parts of the book were where he used personal riding experiences to highlight a particular point. For those of you unfamiliar with Denny, he grew up in New England, won a gold medal with the United States Eventing team, won a Tevis buckle in the 100-mile Western States Endurance Race, with all sorts of other equestrian accomplishments in between.
In addition to Denny, there are also interviews with other good riders - explaining their journey to the top (because as Denny points out - we are all individuals and will need to make choices that are right for us). Some of the riders included in this group are: Courtney King-Dye, Jane Savoie, Clinton Anderson and Peter Wylde.
So equestrians, as winter settles in, and you re-assess your goals for the 2012 season, go pick up a copy of this book and read it. I guarantee that it will help you make smarter choices with your horses in 2012 - just as I can guarantee that I will be going back to reference it for years to come.
For more information on Denny Emerson, visit him at Tamarack Hill Farm or find out more about the book at his publisher, Trafalgar Square Books.