Numerous interested riders from Germany as well as many other countries - from the USA to the Philippines, from Russia to South Africa - spent five days with Anja Beran and her team at Gut Rosenhof this year where they gained deep insight into horse training according to classical principles. Participants had the opportunity to closely observe work with a variety of different horses - from first steps with remontes through to haute école movements. Individual topics were introduced in comprehensive theoretical presentations and, after practical demonstrations, there was still enough time to discuss specific questions from the audience.
A workshop highlight was the visit to a private morning work session at Circus Krone. Jana Lacey-Krone and Martin Lacey Jr. explained their exciting work with stallions and big cats in this exclusive, highly informative session with the workshop participants, many of whom have become loyal customers over the years.
This event will take place once again next year - from 17 to 22.07.2017. We look forward to welcoming you!
This two-hour seminar commenced with a theoretical introduction to the preparatory training which is necessary to bring horses on to collection in a fine and subtle way. Calm work at walk, lateral movements, clean halts and reining back form the basis of this work. Animated films portraying the classical piaffe and passage as well as incorrect, artificial sequences of movement trained visitors' eyes to horse appropriate riding in line with the nature of the horse!
In the subsequent practical part of the seminar, young horses just learning the piaffe and passage were presented, along with Lipizzaner stallion "Favory Toscana" who demonstrated smooth transitions between piaffe, passage and extended trot, followed by the "extended passage", also known as the "Spanish trot".
The four speakers - Elaine Butler, Veronika Brod, Dr. Thomas Ritter and Anja Beran - explored the theme of the rider's seat from many different perspectives. Claudia Weingand from Cadmos Verlag expertly moderated the colourful programme which included presentations, practical demonstrations, discussions and also gymnastic exercises for all participants. When the symposium came to an end all riders and guests were in agreement that the weekend had been captivating and extremely informative. Hopefully the event will take place again next year.
Anja Beran enjoys sharing inside stories on this topic! Many interesting horses with the most varied of problems have been entrusted to her over the last 26 years. This two-hour instructional event focused on how she has approached correction and what has helped to make such horses relaxed partners for sport or leisure riding once again. This time in the practical part of the seminar a demonstration was given with three horses under the saddle. Kathrin Roida, for example, participated as a guest rider. Roida runs her own training yard in Fürstenfeldbruck and gave an impressive presentation of a Lusitano which came to her with considerable physical and riding problems two years ago. Demonstrations of horses on the lunge were also given in order to explain to visitors the clear differences concerning conformation, strength and movement of different horses.
The seminar began with a theoretical introduction by Anja Beran on this important instrument in horse training. The significance of gymnasticising work at collected walk was emphasised. "The constant change from one lateral movement to another and from one bend to the next also helps the last tense back muscles to relax" - this quote from Felix Bürkner was subsequently followed up in the practical part of the seminar.
Vera Munderloh, Kathi Reinthaler and Silvie Wimmer rode in formation and demonstrated the correct execution of all lateral movements. In response to an individual request - and to the amusement of all present - they also demonstrated typical seat faults such as collapsing at the hip, raising the lower leg or stretching out one leg. The well-ridden stallions Tulipan Palma, Lucero and Hechicero were very broad-minded and - despite strange application of the seat aids - nevertheless demonstrated the lateral movements in the correct form for the benefit of the spectators.
Subsequently, Steffi Seebauer lunged her Lusitano Bue to show spectators how to recognise the crookedness of a horse. Because an accurate analysis of natural asymmetry is essential in order to work out an effective individual use of lateral movements.
Finally, with Lusitano stallion Novilunio, Vera Munderloh demonstrated work in hand which can be of immense value for preparation of lateral movements. She then mounted her horse and started riding a fast succession of lateral movements, which have an especially positive effect on this stallion, at trot and canter.
An explanation of the importance of, and reasons behind classical work in-hand, as well as training with long reins, formed an integral part of Vera Munderloh's theoretical presentation. Five horses were subsequently presented to reinforce this in practice. Correct leading and halting in a cavesson, first lateral movements in-hand, wearing a snaffle bridle, and finally piaffe and passage wearing a double bridle and bridoon. Foundation work using the long reins was presented by our pupil Katharina Reinthaler with Frederiksborg stallion "Sirius", and Vera Munderloh demonstrated advanced work with Lusitano stallion "Super".
Lucy, the 4-month old Parson Russell Terrier, has been entrusted to us from the animal shelter in Marktoberdorf. This little pup already has an entire odyssey behind her...but evidently feels happy and content in her new home at Gut Rosenhof!
"Classical Dressage - The Key to a Healthy Horse" was the subject of the talk given by Anja Beran. She was pleased to accept the invitation of riding instructor Christian Baier to present this talk. Baier, who works in the USA, initiated this seminar evening within the scope of a clinic held near Horgenzell. Some 100 well-informed audience members visited the talk. Afterwards, the guests had the opportunity to ask questions and this developed into a stimulating discussion. Many thanks to Christian Baier and Simone Bauhofer for the excellent organisation!