Our 6th symposium featured the theme: "Classical Dressage - The Key to a Healthy Horse". Numerous real-life examples were presented and monitored from a rider's as well as a vet's point of view. Jana Mandana and Anja Beran were supported by the vet, Dr Astrid Reitz. The extensive professional information was interspersed with some interesting show presentations, thus creating a varied programme, which was also extremely entertaining. The level of visitor interest, which increases steadily from year to year, confirms the concept of this instructional event.
The subject of “straightening” is fundamental in classical dressage. How to achieve this difficult aim by means of counter-flexion and the various lateral movements was dealt with in considerable depth during this seminar.
Following a successful international symposium in Schwaiganger, the speaker Dr. Kerry Ridgway (USA) and trainer Manolo Mendez (Australia) visited Gut Rosenhof on 6 July 2015 in order to get to know Anja Beran and her work. It was an extremely enjoyable afternoon with interesting discussions!
Professional riders from the Principal and State Stud of Schwaiganger took the chance of exploring beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries at our morning work session on 5 July 2015. Sophie Grieger, 2013 Bavarian Eventing Champion, and her colleague Michaela Förtsch were present.
And also, travelling from Koblenz especially for this occasion, western rider and winner of "Germany´s Finest Rider" title, Christiane Müller.
Once again, Gut Rosenhof provided the perfect platform for lively exchange between the various riding disciplines!
For the fifth time meanwhile, guests representing 19 different nationalities congregated at Gut Rosenhof for the "Get the Spirit" international workshop. During the course of this week 1-2 topics were dealt with in considerable depth every day. The spectrum ranged from breaking in to starting to piaffe, from working on long reins to schooling spoiled horses. Guest speaker Dr med vet. Astrid Reitz gave an insight into alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture and chiropractic, whilst physiotherapist and dancing instructor Veronika Brod explained ways to develop an upright posture and a better seat on the horse. The bus journey to the "Kaltenberger Knights' Tournament" was a great way to end the time together. Indeed a new date for 2016 was set right away (18-23 July 2016, also see at "EVENTS"), because most visitors wanted to book their accommodation for the next year before leaving. Anja Beran and her team are working hard to compile another exciting and varied programme and, already at this early stage, promise an exciting and informative time.
This two-hour seminar provided an insight into schooling difficult horses. How can classical equestrianism help with a horse that sticks its tongue out or carries its tail crooked and how do I get my horse to walk when its natural gait is amble? Different solution approaches to these questions were demonstrated. Furthermore the rather frequent problem, which occurs especially with Frisians, involving stiffening and elevating the neck too much was discussed, and many gymnastic exercises demonstrated in the practical part led to a significant improvement.
How do I commence cantering work with a remonte and how do I perfect picking up canter and implementing halts? When and how should the counter-canter and flying changes be commenced and how does a horse best learn the pirouette? Answers to these questions were provided in the "canter seminar". Following an introduction on the theoretical principles, practical demonstrations of the work with horses at a variety of different training stages were given and visitors had the opportunity to ask questions after every ride.
In this two-hour seminar Anja Beran and her team offered precise guidance for working on the piaffe and passage. Which preparations are essential - what significance does the collected walk have - how is the touching whip used? Answers to all of these questions were provided in the practical part of the seminar. Prior to this, in a presentation on theoretical principles, the features of a correct piaffe and passage were explained and incorrect sequences of movement described.
After a theoretical introduction, three horses were presented. The first horse was used to demonstrate HOW a remonte learns to understand the aids. A prerequisite in this connection is an experienced rider who is able, with a secure and independent seat, to apply aids which are absolutely clear and unambiguous. This process is always supported by a trainer on the ground. This was demonstrated by Vera Munderloh on P.R.E. gelding "Poderio", with support from Anja Beran.
On the second horse, the priority was on how a young rider can learn the application of the aids. It is essential in this case that a schoolmaster horse with an excellent level of training is available to teach the rider to "feel", and also a riding instructor who can convey an understanding of subtle influence at the right moment. Vera Munderloh taught our pupil Simon Reinert on the well-trained Kladruber "Generale Cassa" and even enabled the young rider to feel the movements of the piaffe and passage.
Finally a rider and horse pair who were both familiar with the most subtle aids were presented - Vera Munderloh and Lusitano stallion "Super" showed transitions from trot to piaffe, to passage, and from this to canter and pirouettes, flying changes à three tempi, à two tempi and finally from stride to stride, subsequently concluding the presentation with a levade. The entire ride was executed as one harmonious entity, and the application of the aids could only be surmised by observers as there was absolutely nothing to be seen!