Paul Stecken

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Paul Stecken
Dedicated follower of
classical riding philosophy

Classical riding philosophy, training of horses and riders

“Horses want to do the right thing!"

Retired Major, the late Paul Stecken (1916-2016), was dedicated to the correct and variated training of horses and riders his entire life. Starting in the Riding Regiment 15 of the Realm Defence, then the Cavalry Regiment 15 of the Defence Force, he was the Chief of the Rider Inspection of the Cavalry School as the war ended. In the 1930s, he assisted in updating the German Cavalry Manual for Training Horse & Rider, known as the HDv12, and continued to work for the implementation and further development of training that prioritized the horse’s well-being.

In 1950 Paul Stecken took over the director position of the Westfalen Riding and Driving School from his father, Heinrich Stecken. For more than 30 years he influenced the training of countless riders and horses, until his retirement from the office in 1985. He continued promoting the Classical Riding Principles through his work as a trainer, FEI Judge and team leader in International Riding. He was awarded the Riding Cross in Silver and Gold and at the age of 80 was presented with the Gustav-Rau Medallion.

The Münster born Horseman trained numerous successful horses and riders, leading some to the Olympic Games. He is known for being the mentor of Dr. Reiner Klimke and for training the Olympic champion Ingrid Klimke and her horses until passing away late 2016. In his publication “Observations and connections- findings of a horseman” Paul Stecken shares his experiences and convictions so that the next generation can continue to practise, develop and pass on his passion for the classical training that always has the horse as the number one priority.

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