In this video series, we follow the training of the 4-year-old Westfalen mare, Soma Bay, step by step as Olympic Champion, Ingrid Klimke, commentates from the saddle. Come along with Soma Bay on her journey and receive valuable insights for your own riding as Ingrid Klimke shows how she gives the aids and explains her training methods and ideas for us.
In this first video, Ingrid Klimke concentrates on the first steps of the training scale: rhythm, suppleness (physical and mental) and contact. She begins with cavaletti exercises at walk and then moves on to establishing a light contact in rising trot. It is important to work at a tempo where the horse is comfortable and can find his own rhythm easily. The regular opportunities given to the mare to chew the reins out of her hands encourages a stretching frame and suppleness. Ingrid Klimke first rides canter on both reins in a light seat and lets Soma Bay play with stretching forwards and downwards. The strides are lengthened, and power increased in both trot and canter, with an explanation of the necessary aids for riding clean turns and correct circles.
Soma Bay is allowed to slowly become accustomed sitting trot by introducing it in short reprieves, encouraging her to maintain a light contact to the hand and keep stepping up from behind. The Westfalen mare is eager to learn, very rideable with a ground covering stride and active hind leg. The confidence and elegance with which the mare approaches her work one can see educating her will be a fun and exciting journey. Once the first steps of the training scale are acquired, the basic exercises such as transitions or sharper turns become easier.
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She is an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion and is following in the footsteps of her famous father, dressage legend Reiner Klimke. Ingrid Klimke is one of the few professional riders in the world that is successful at an international level in both eventing as well as dressage.> more
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Duration: 10:44 Minutes
The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
Duration: 21:17 Minutes
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes
This video allows you to follow the young dressage horse “Just Paul” and Ingrid Klimke during his first training session with Paul Stecken!
Duration: 23:13 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes