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written by Kim Walnes

Current articles on training and teaching

Being a Leader/Protector

Rider Exercises for Keeping What You've Learned

An Explanation of the One-Rein Halt

Teacher to Teacher: Thoughts on Teaching, Training and Coaching

Additional helpful information

Recommended books, DVDs and Resources

How to Use the TTeam Body Wrap

Messages from Gideon

Gideon bareback

Published in print

"Being Your Horse's Protector," USDF Connection May, 2013

"Inside A USET Training Session" USCTA News June, 1980

"The Gray Goose — Another Adventure," USCTA News, October, 1981

"Getting It Right: Acting as Stunt Double for Melissa Gilbert in the Movie Sylvester," Horse Play, May 1985

"Dealing With The Fear," The Salute, 1988

"Foreword" for the book Riding School by Lionel Dunning, 1988

"The Power and Influence of YOUR Imagination," The Salute, 1989

Quoted in the book That Winning Feeling by Jane Savoie, 1992

"A Legend, The Gray Goose, Passes On," Natural Horse Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 5, 2000

"The One Rein Stop," Natural Horse Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 8, 2001

Dressage at Rolex

Dressage at Rolex, 1985. M. Kaiser photo

Sallly Swift video

Filming Sally Swift's Centered Riding 2 DVD

featuring Kim Walnes

Kim and Gideon working with Colonel Carde

Work at the trot with Gideon, 2009

Work at the canter with Gideon, 2009

Also see Kim as a demonstration rider in Sally Swift's DVD, Centered Riding 2

For more information about Kim and The Gray Goose, see these videos:

"Rate My Horse Pro" interview 

2012 US Eventing Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Horseback Riding for America: The Olympic Equestrian Team, by David Hoffman  (This is a short clip; the full DVD is available from

Featured on the covers

The program of the Rolex Kentucky International Three Day Event, 1983

The official poster of the Rolex International Three Day Event, 1982

Natural Horse, Vol 2, Issue 5, 2000

Practical Horseman, July 1984

Horse Play, June 1983

USCTA News, August 1982

The Chronicle of the Horse, May 21, 1982

Dressage and Combined Training, November 1982

USCTA News, April 1980

August 1982 USCTA News

Ship's Quarters 1982, USET selection trials; courtesy USEA

Gray at the Broken Bridge

1984 Green Springs Olympic Selection Trial
Leslie Vincent photo

about Kim Walnes

“Horse of a lifetime: The Gray Goose” by John Strassburger, The Chronicle of the Horse, April 23, 2012

"A Trio of Teachers — Gideon Goodheart, Kim Walnes, and The Gray Goose" by Susan Ajamian, Natural Horse Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 7, 2001

"The Gray Goose, One of the 50 Most Influential Horses of the 20th Century," The Chronicle of the Horse, December 24, 1999

"Poetry in Motion" by Helen Barrett, The Horse Magazine (Australia), August 1986

"Kim and The Gray Goose Have Done It All Together" by John Strassburger, The Chronicle of the Horse, 1986

"Quite the Lady, Quite the Team" by Heather Hewitt, Darkstar Magazine, 1985

"Pair Leading an Event-ful Existence" by Paul J. Raupp, The Lexington Herald-Leader, May 30, 1985

"Hometown Riding Group Backs Olympic Hopeful" by Nancy Davis, The Waterbury Republican-American, May 28, 1984

"Jumping For Joy" by Ginny Apple, The Hartford Courant, March 29, 1984

"Positive Imaging Can Help Rider and Horse" by Ann Jamieson, The Litchfield County Times, February 25, 1984

"Kim Walnes, Eventer: A Study in Preparedness" by Cooky McClung, Horseplay, June, 1983

"Bronze Medallist Kim Walnes Talks About the Making of a 'Gray Goose' by Beth A. Baumert, Equi Sport, June, 1983

"Walnes and 'Gray' Train for Olympic"s by Judy Christie, Voices (newspaper), February 16, 1983

"Quest For the Olympics" by David Bilmes, The Litchfield County Times, November 26, 1982

"Bronze Medal Winners, Kim and The Gray Goose" by Fifi Coles, USCTA News, October, 1982

"Kim Takes The Gray Goose to World Championships" by P. J. Conway, Waterbury American (newspaper), July 29, 1982

"Jumping For Gold" by Deborah Orin, Women's World Magazine, April 20, 1982

"Kim and The Gray Goose — A True Fairy Tale" by Fifi Coles, USCTA News, April 1980

After decades of riding in a ‘lovely dressage position’ without being able to sit a big trot, I can FINALLY sit a big trot AND my back doesn’t kill me anymore! (Student from Colorado).   See the STUDENT COMMENTS page.

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