Stephen's Dressage Training Pt. 1

  • Aired:  07/30/12
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Former dressage Olympian Michael Barisone rejects Stephen's idea of horse mosh pits and "Dirty Dancing" competition routines. (6:26)

IT IS FROUFROU.

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

(APPLAUSE) WELL, FOLKS, THE PEOPLE, THE WORKING PEOPLE LOVE DRESSAGE.

(LAUGHTER) WELL, FOLKS, TO PROVE THAT DRESSAGE IS FOR JOE SICK PACK I GOT DOWN AND DIRTY IN

THE BLUE COLLAR WORLD OF VELVET TOP HATS.

JIM?

>> Stephen: TO PROVE THAT DRESSAGE IS THE NEW AMERICAN PASS TIME, I HEADED TO

HAWTHORNE HILL IN LONG VALLY,

NEW JERSEY, TO MEET WITH FORMER OLYMPIC-- OLYMPIAN AND COACH OF THE 2012 U.S.

EQUISTRIAN TEAM MICHAEL BARISONE.

(LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE)

>> MICHAEL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

>> IT'S A PLEASURE TO YOU HAVE HERE.

IS THERE A PROBLEM?

BECAUSE-- AM I GETTING SHADOW ON MY FACE HERE?

IS THIS BETTER?

>> Stephen: WOW, DRESSAGE.

JUST LIKE I PICTURED IT.

HORSES AND EVERYTHING.

>> OKAY, I'LL LOSE IT.

THANKS VERY MUCH.

MICHAEL, ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>> WHY ARE YOU THE GUY TO TEACH ME ABOUT DRESSAGE?

>> I DON'T KNOW THAT I CAN ACCURATELY ANSWER THAT.

>> OKAY.

THANK YOU.

>> THIS ISN'T THE GUY,

EVIDENTLY.

LET'S GO.

I WILL GIVE YOU ONE MORE SHOT AT THIS.

>> I'LL DO IT.

>> WHY ARE YOU THE GUY TO TEACH ME ABOUT DRESSAGE?

>> WELL, I'M A MAN RIDER AND I THINK I RELATE WELL TO OTHER MALE RIDERS AND I HAVE

A LOT OF EXPERIENCE.

>> Stephen: I HAVE NAMED DRESSAGE THE OFFICIAL SPORT OF THE SUMMER.

>> CLAY.

>> Stephen: ONE QUESTION ABOUT DRESSAGE.

WHAT IS IT?

WHAT-- BECAUSE I CAN'T QUITE FIGURE OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING OUT THERE.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE HORSE?

>> AS A RIDER OR THE GENERAL PERFORMANCE OF WHAT I AM DOING.

>> Stephen: KIND OF THE WHOLE THING.

WHAT'S HAPPENING.

>> THE HORSE HAS THREE BASIC GAITS.

A WALK, AND A TROT AND A CANTOR.

AND WE DEVELOPED THE HIGHEST LEVEL THEIR ABILITY WITHIN THOSE GAITS.

EVENTUALLY AT THE OLYMPIC LEVEL YOU PUT IT TO MUSIC AND RIDE TO FREESTYLE WHICH

IS MUCH LIKE A FREE SKATE IN THE FIGURE SKATING.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU GET THE SKATES ON THE HORSE.

>> YOU DON'T.

>> Stephen: THE HORSE DOES IT.

I FIND THAT HARD TO BELIEVE.

>> I'M USING IT AS A COMPARISON TO ANOTHER SPORT.

>> Stephen: OH, I'M SORRY.

I HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE DRESSAGE OR HORSE DANCING JUST AS AWESOME AS POSSIBLE.

HOW ABOUT A HORSE MORE PIT,

WHERE ALL THE HORSES ARE JUST KIND OF FLAL AROUND.

>> NO, NO.

IT NEEDS TO BE NICE AND FLUID AND STEADY AND EVEN AND EVERYTHING IS SUPPOSED TO BE METRED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: YOU ARE HE GOOD.

IS THERE SINGING IN DRESSAGE?

>> FINAL ROUND AT THE OLYMPICS-- SSES.

>> Stephen: HOLD ON.

♪ ♪ AND THEN I COME OUT AND I SING THE SON THAT WE DANCE TO.

HOW ABOUT THAT.

>> WELL, I WOULD SAY-- .

>> Stephen: I'M THINKING LIKE SORT OF A DIRTY DANTZING.

LIKE I'VE HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE WHICH STAND IN THE CENTER OF THE RING AND THE

HORSE COMES AT ME AND I LIFT-- I LIFT THE-- WHAT ABOUT THAT.

>> I THINK WILL YOU HAVE A HARD TIME PICKING HER UP.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE OR BEGIN OF DRESSAGE.

DID JUST ONE DAY SOME YOUNG HORSE SAY TO HIS DAD, DAD, I DON'T WANT TO CHARGE INTO BATTLE.

I JUST WANT TO DANCE!

>> WELL, IT'S BASED IN MILITARY RIDING.

THE GARDEN VARIETY HORSE THAT I WOULD TRY TO MAKE AN OLYMPIC HORSE OUT OF WILL

NOT BE GOOD AT RUNNING INTO A BATTLE OF BLAZING GUNS.

WILL PROBABLY RUN AWAY FROM IT.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE NOT BIG ENOUGH.

>> THEY ARE JUST HIGH STRUNG AND NOT REAL BRAVE.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOW MEASURE HORSE IN.

>> IN HANDS.

>> Stephen: HOW BIG THAT IS THAT.

>> A HAND IS FOUR.

>> Jon: IS THAT-- I THINK THE ORIGIN OF SOMETHING ABOUT THE SIZE OF YOUR HAND

BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF YOUR HAND.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT BIG HANDS.

>> I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT BIG HANDS.

>> Stephen: LARGE HORSE.

ALSO YOU BLOOEP-- HUGE

[BLEEP].

>> IN ORDER TO DO DRESSAGE,

IS IT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT I GO NEAR A HORSE BECAUSE I HAVE A LIFELONG DEEP SEEDED FEAR OF ALL ANIMALS.

>> IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF YOU BEING SUCCESSFUL.

>> Stephen: HOW SHOULD I AVOID GETTING MY SKULL KICKED OFF MY BODY.

>> NORMALLY DON'T GO RIGHT BY THE HORSE.

THAT USUALLY DOESN'T TURN OUT WELL.

>> Stephen: DOES THE HORSE WIN THE MEDAL OR THE PERSON WIN THE MEDAL.

>> THE RIDER.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THE HORSE SEEMS TO BE DOING A LOT OF HORSE DANCING.

>> THE MAJORITY, I WOULD SAY,

OF THE PERFORMANCE IS BASED UPON WHAT THE HORSE IS DOING.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

>> THE MEDALS AWARD TO THE RIDER BUT IT IS REALLY FOR THE COMBINATION.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME AWARDS BACK HERE.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO WEAR THAT TIARA.

>> THE TIARAS WERE WON BY MYSELF.

>> Stephen: THAT'S YOUR TIARA.

>> I WON IT.

>> Stephen: I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE SAY DRESSAGE IS AN ELITIST SPORT.

I MEAN YOU GUYS WEAR TIARAS.

>> IF YOU COMPLETED YOUR LESSON YOU CAN WEAR THE TIARA.

>> Stephen: MICHAEL, LET'S GET OUR DRESSAGE ON.

>> GAME ON.

>> Stephen: JOIN ME TOMORROW AS I GO FOR THE TIARA AND GAIN INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF

THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE.

PUT SOME MUSS KNEEL IT, I CAN TAKE IT.

>> I CAN'T.