Martin Plewa

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Martin Plewa
Former Eventing Rider
and German National Trainer

Focus: Classical education in all disciplines

"When people think that horses don't feel, horses must feel that people don't think."

Martin Plewa has been riding and training according to the classical principles for several decades. It is particularly important to him that the rider always takes responsibility for his horse and develop a knowledge and understanding of its natural dispositions, behavior, anatomy, and physiology. 

Martin Plewa is a representative of the classical riding apprenticeship. He was appointed riding master and learned with great masters such as Major a.D. Paul Stecken and Colonel a.D. Hans Winkel. For over 50 years he has been riding and training dressage, jumping as well as eventing. From 1985 to 2001 he was the national trainer of eventing in Germany.

During his active riding time, he won medals at the German Junior Championships in dressage and jumping and participated in several German Championships as well as two European and two World Championships in eventing.

After studying and teaching at the Youth Village Christophorus Gymnasium in Versmold, the Vreden-born riding champion became a state coach of eventing in Westphalia from 1971 to 1976 - a forerunner of his later 16-year career as head national eventing coach for Germany from 1985 to May 2001. This period included participation in several Olympic Games where a gold medal was won in 1988. In 1977 Martin Plewa was awarded the Golden Riding Badge and in 1980 he passed the examination to become a Master of Horse Economics.

Today, Martin Plewa is a lecturer at the University of Economics and Environment in Nürtingen, where he holds seminars and lectures and passes on his knowledge and experience in courses to active riders, instructors and competition experts such as judges and course directors.

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An Eye for Horses Part 4: Buying the Right Horse

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When looking for your future partner, a couple of things need to be taken into consideration. The general behaviour of the horse, the way it moves in hand and under saddle as well as the feeling when riding are important factors to keep in mind. Martin Plewa explains what the crucial steps are when buying a riding horse.

Duration: 00:08:30 Minutes

An Eye for Horses Part 3: Observing the Showjumping Horse

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Loose jumping as well as jumping under the saddle or over cross country jumps are important ways to observe the natural quality of the showjumping horse. Each have their own characteristics and you will see in this video what to look for in each case.

Duration: 00:05:39 Minutes

An Eye for Horses Part 2: Evaluating the Basic Gaits

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Do you know how to tell if the basic gaits of a horse are not pure, or if there is a fault? Can you spot a horse with good gaits? After watching this video, absolutely! Martin Plewa explains what a good walk, trot, and canter look like.

 

Duration: 00:11:40 Minutes

An Eye for Horses Part 1: Conformation of Horses

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Recognizing horses’ essential characteristics is not that easy and requires a certain amount of experience in assessing horses. The prerequisites are knowledge of the conformation of horses and of the characteristics of movements.

Duration: 00:19:22 Minutes

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