It is important
the horse is well prepared both physically and mentally to begin
training in the Art of the Garrocha.
John Saint Ryans unique horsemanship has developed over the
years. He is well respected for his knowledge and philosophy in
training horses. His clinics and riding instruction are highly
In this DVD you will find
1.A brief history of the Garrocha.
2. The tack and equipment
3. Exercises on horseback without the Garrocha
4. Exercises on the ground with the Garrocha
5. How to safely introduce the Garrocha to your horse
6.The Basic exercises at the walk and trot incorporating the
maneuvers of the Garrocha.
7.The Intermediate exercises at the gallop with more demanding
John Saint Ryans skills in Doma Vaquera led him to win the U.S
National Championship three years in succession at all levels
from Basico through Intermedio to Alta. His exhibition work with
the Garrocha is in great demand.
The fine art of the Garrocha has finally been revealed to us
all who live
with horses in America. John Saint Ryan is a multifaceted
man in riding,
training, exhibitions, singing and acting and now surprise -
The history revealed is thorough and interesting. It is
recorded in a concise manner. In all aspects from the beginning to the end
of this beautifully produced DVD John demonstrates in the
presentation chapters a
logical sequence of progression. All beginners will be
thrilled to learn
how important it is to learn this discipline so as not to
horse. All aficionados will respect the phased lessons for
This elegantly produced DVD introduces the "Art of the
Garrocha" as developing a bond between horse and rider. The careful
the visual presentation makes this more than the "how to"
accomplish this riding discipline. It does so with grace and
John Saint Ryan has shared his wonderful ability to explain
in simple steps for all students of horsemanship from the beginning,
to successfully achieve a capability of this dignified and
artistic rendition of the historic birth of modern "cowboy" skills on
Thank you John for producing the first DVD of this kind of
skill to America. We hope that all horsemen will revere this
learn it easily by following it along. The best that could
happen is that
this DVD will popularize the Garrocha into many exhibitions
land, as well as internationally.
Graham & Lanys Kaye-Eddie Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse
The Art of the Garrocha is one of the most well-organized and thoughtfully
prepared horsemanship video that I have found. The sections on history of the
Garrocha and tack and equipment are good introductions to those new to the Garrocha,
and the Exhibition footage is truly inspirational.
One realizes while watching this DVD that working with the Garrocha is not just
for one discipline of riding. The principles and exercises presented here can help
with improving balance, refining the aids, and achieving better communication with
your horse no matter what style of riding you do. John Saint Ryan thoughtfully
includes different breeds and training levels to emphasis this point.
Many instructional videos show only the perfected footage of the horse. I found
the inclusion of less confident horses and potential challenges that can arise very
refreshing, as it let's the rider get a look at how to safely handle a real-life
I look forward to more from John Saint Ryan on the Advanced Garrocha exercises,
but for now this DVD gives me plenty of useful exercises for both my green horse and
my more advanced horse.
Katy Sommers DVM
I thoroughly enjoyed watching your
Garrocha DVD. It is professional in
quality, easy to follow, and very
informative. It has motivated me to give
this a try.
Congratulations on a
job well done, and for being so creative
Way to go, John!
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The art of running and bringing down a bull using the ‘garrocha’,
(cattle lance). The ‘garrocha’ is traditionally made of wood but
many are now made of fiber glass. The accepted length is 13’1”.
In the series of photos below, John is riding
(Jugueton V x Caramela V1)
‘Acoso y Derribo’ is currently a competitive sport in Spain.
Two ‘garrochistas’ follow the bull at speed into an open field.
Both men carry a ‘garrocha’, the man who knocks the bull down is
known as ‘el que suelta’, while his accomplice is known as the ‘amparador’.
gain points for knocking the bull down within certain boundaries
on the field, and for their horsemanship skills. This is
an extremely demanding sport for both horse and rider. The
sudden changes in both speed and direction must be coordinated with
each rider to prove successful.