Two leaders from the University of Delaware—Ann and Joann—are facing transitions in their careers and scheduled a paired, half-day of Equus Coaching as professional development. Ann’s on sabbatical and considering how she will balance the disparate demands of her changing role as deputy dean in Arts and Sciences and Joann, a senior associate dean for the arts, is concerned about maintaining connection and purpose as she contemplates retirement. Both women were ready for a “deep dive” with the herd at lovely Four Quarters Farm.
“Anything you notice is wrong.” –George Morris, immediate-past Chef d’Equipe, US Equestrian Team; author, trainer and hunter/jumper coach extraordinaire.
As a Virginia teen, I studied my bible, Hunter Seat Equitation by George Morris, every night, memorizing from black and white photos his students’ beautiful stillness over jumps, their correct hip, knee, and elbow angles merging with their mounts’ motion to encourage a horse’s best jumping effort.