Angie Granpre

Assembling a Victorious Team

Angie Grandpre Assembling a Victorious Team

By: VeNecia DeCluette 2009

This installment is a bit of a departure from the usual format. Angie Grandpre, Canyon, Texas, is featured in this video. Angie comes to us to share her experience as a jockey, and takes it a step further by giving us a glimpse of the knowledge that she has gained working with Bunt Kitchens. Angie, riding Bunt’s horse Victory Dash, is a BFA World Champion, a BBR finalist, and has won more than $45 thousand dollars this year as well as several saddles. Most remarkable about Angie’s accomplishments, is that she’s done it all as a relative newcomer to the futurity ranks. By way of introduction, Angie and Bunt first worked together more than 16 years ago, she as jockey and he as trainer. A losing battle with EPM ended their partnership, but Bunt never forgot Angie and kept his eye on her as she barrel raced through the years. Then, about 14 months ago, Bunt was looking for a jockey for Victory – and his mind went straight to Angie.
The rest is history still in the making.

In this video, Angie does her level best to present Bunt’s training philosophy and advice in his absence. The combination of a speed and disposition is what makes a good horse in he Kitchens barn, and the horses that Angie brings along to ride are very representative of those traits. You can hear the strong influence that Bunt has had on Angie’s riding and training philosophy throughout this video, and you can see the results of that philosophy in the horses that she rides. This video presents Angie as a student of Bunt Kitchens, and that will enable the viewer to better understand the concepts that she brings up. Because Angie is also “The Student” this time around, it makes her explanations very relatable and common sense.

Angie also takes the time in this video to expound on some of her own preferences, and gives sound advice from the view point of a competitor and trainer. She’ll explain the importance of not picking on your horse, not being afraid to go light on the bit, and she’ll explain how many of us are training our horses to run up the fence. In addition to training and riding, Angie provides tips specific to protective boots for your horse, your riding attire and how it affects you run, grooming tips, the use of rubber bands in a run, and the proper use of training aids when riding.

This video is suitable for beginner to advanced riders with at least average riding ability, and the exercises presented here are suitable for young to finished horses.

The Winning Tips installment this month is a departure from the norm, and boy is it a value added piece! Charlotte invites Laura Schumann to the family as one of the industries up and coming trainers, and allows Laura to give you what amounts to a riding lesson in her discussion of hand and body positioning, and picking your horse’s point of the turn. Laura is affable and easy to understand, and it is easy to see how her concepts come together to help you make that Winning Run!!