Anja Beran

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Anja Beran
Trainer of
Classical Equestrianism

Classical Dressage

“Dressage is there for the horse and not the horse there for dressage”

Dressage is there for the horse and not the horse there for dressage

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”.

And that is exactly what she does at her own stable Gut Rosenhof in Rudratsried, Bavaria. She has been there since 2002, with about 45 horses in training, from Germany and abroad. She also teaches clinics in Sweden, England, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, USA, and the United Arab Emirates. To meet her goals not only has she published several videos but also written books.

Born in 1970 she spent her childhood visiting her Grandfathers hut in the middle of the Bavarian forest with no running water or electricity, wandering for hours through the hunting grounds with horses and dogs for company.

Anja visited Portugal as a 15-year-old where she rode under the master Luis Valenca and met her eventual mentor, Manuel Jorge de Oliveira, a supporter of the well-known Nuno Oliveira, with a reputation for helping rebalance the most difficult horses through his systematic gymnasticizing work.

Back in Germany, Anja Beran continued her education with Marc de Broissia. Once she finished school she began working there and stayed for fourteen years, with the opportunity to train and ride horses of various breeds and training levels through to the highest level.

Anja Beran considers those years of training with different horses and challenges as one of her great strengths.

In 2009 the Anja Beran Foundation was formed, providing animal welfare, environmental protection and the opportunity for students to be selected as apprentices, ensuring the almost lost art of classical riding is preserved and promoted.

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