Reinhart Koblitz

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Reinhart Koblitz
Professional Riding Teacher
of the German federation

Dressage, jumping and eventing

"Whether amateur or professional: Competent control of your own horses from the ground is needed for a lifetime!"

"I experienced my first contact with horses as a six-year-old on the racecourse in Gelsenkirchen-Horst. My older brother was allowed to ride the young thoroughbreds and accompany them to the races. Once I was old enough, when he hurt himself, I jumped in for him."

The riding instructor Reinhard Koblitz discovered his passion for the equestrian sport early. Even as a child, he began to actively help in the local riding club and in return received free riding lessons. After the first riding badges and competition success, the desire to become a professional rider grew in Reinhart Koblitz. After graduating in 1967, he began training as a professional rider at the riding and driving school of Elmshorn.

This was followed by training in the competition and training stable of Eichelnkamp and in the club of “Horse friends” Lübeck. In 1971, Reinhard Koblitz passed the examinations as a rider and in 1976 the examination for the professional riding instructor of the German Federation (FN) in Warendorf.

Since then he has been working independently and has led numerous students to great success. Placements at German and European Championships and even participation in the Olympics are some of his student´s achievements.

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