International Dressage Trainer Oded Shimoni Coaches Biggest Names in Eventing World
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Wellington, FL - International dressage trainer Oded Shimoni has unparalleled dressage experience as a veteran of two World Equestrian Games and two European Championships, and that experience comes in handy as he coaches some of the biggest names in the eventing world. Shimoni travels monthly to Pennsylvania to provide two-day clinics to legendary eventers such as Buck Davidson, Bruce Davidson, Phillip Dutton and Jan Byyny. In the past he has also helped other top eventers such as Bonnie Mosser, Jane Sleeper and Boyd Martin to keep America’s eventers in the winner’s circle.
“I think Oded has a terrific eye for dressage but also understands that as eventers our horses have other jobs in addition to dressage,” said Buck Davidson, winner of the 2009 Pinnacle Trophy for Highest Placed U.S. Rider at Rolex KY CCI**** with My Boy Bobby. “Oded offers a really good balance for us knowing that our horses aren’t just dressage horses, but also must perform in cross-country and jumping.”
Shimoni has been working with eventers for several years and said it has been a rewarding experience. “It is important for three day eventers to improve basic riding and horsemanship and to increase their horses athletic ability, suppleness and elasticity. This gives the rider greater ambition for their way of thinking and the whole discipline. I designed a special routine for three day horses for their daily training that follows into the horse shows from the very first day.”
Shimoni said, adding that they hold clinics at Buck Davidson’s Pennsylvania farm.
When he is not teaching clinics, Shimoni can be found training and teaching at Arlene “Tuny” Page’s world-class facility, Stillpoint Farm, in Wellington, Florida. He has trained an impressive number of his clients up to the ranks of Grand Prix competition and coaches some of the most successful trainers and riders in the business today.
Shimoni is a native of Israel, a country that lacks a history of equestrian sport. That hasn’t slowed down Shimoni, who has reached levels only a handful of dressage riders in the world have achieved. Oded was the first Israeli to qualify for and compete in the World Equestrian Games. He made his first trip to WEG for the 1998 competition in Rome, Italy aboard the mare Amora. Oded returned to WEG in 2002 in Jerez, Spain on the Dutch Warmblood gelding Glenstern.
Shimoni qualified and competed in the European Championships, competing in 2001 on Amora and in 2003 on Glenstern. He also became the first Israeli dressage rider to qualify for the Olympic Games, which he did with two different horses for the 2004 Games. For more information visit www.odedshimonidressage.com.
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