My sole aim is to ensure in the course of my life that an increasing number of people become familiar with the art of classical horsemanship which has become a matter of such great importance to me, and that they will also learn to appreciate it. I hope very much that a great number of riders will be able to experience serious enthusiasm for classical horsemanship in its true and original sense. (Anja Beran)
Anja Beran was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1970. Her parents were self-employed in the fashion business. She grew up surrounded by nature, spending a lot of time on the family's hunting ground. Her grandfather’s hunting lodge, in a lonely location in Altmühltal, in the heart of the Bavarian forest, without electricity or running water – was a very happy childhood haunt for Anja. The fact that there were stables nearby was a further contributory factor and, as a young girl, Anja Beran was able to spend many blissful hours wandering through the hunting grounds in the company of horses and dogs. Subsequently as a teenager, after having passed the test for the German riding and driving bronze plaque, she discovered her passion for dressage.
At the age of just 15 years this passion then brought her to Portugal where she rode with the excellent master of horsemanship, Luis Valenca. One year later she was riding with Manuel Jorge de Oliveira. From the age of 16 years she rode with Marc de Broissia. In 2002 she terminated her collaboration with Marc de Broissia and since 2013 she has also stopped working with Manuel Jorge de Oliveira. Anja Beran meanwhile views this opportunity of spending such long periods of training with different horses and challenges as one of her great strengths. Meanwhile she can look back over almost 30 years of professional experience.
Some of the horses which have been trained by Anja Beran are to be seen in the "References" chapter.
She now runs her own yard at Gut Rosenhof located in Rudratsried, Bavaria. This has been Anja Beran’s home since 2000, and since 2002 she has been running the Rosenhof yard independently. Meanwhile she works there with 45 horses – most of them stallions – from Germany as well as a variety of other countries. And because Anja Beran is always very thorough in anything she does, she undertook an open university course in business studies which she concluded with a degree in business management.
Anja Beran’s second big strength is her internationality. She travels a lot and has given clinics in Sweden, England, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, USA and the United Arab Emirates. Consequently she has established extensive international press contacts – equestrian magazines in Portugal, England, Sweden, Holland and in Russia have already published reports about Anja Beran.
An important mission for her which she fulfilled with great commitment, ensuing from her own practical experience and enriched with theoretical knowledge in connection with the most renowned representatives of classical horsemanship, was to write her first book “In Deference!”, published in 2005 and instantaneously a great success. Nominated “Equestrian Book of the Year” by the journal “Bayerns Pferde” and even discussed in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, a renowned German newspaper, “In Deference!” has already become a highly acclaimed work of reference in the field of classical dressage. “In Deference!” is also available in English as well as the Czech language. The new edition of the book was published in 2017.