Dressage sport – holistic approach to success part 1: Dressage riding philosophy in the daily work



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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl believe in the concept of providing certain conditions for the horse. Every aspect of the mind and body of the horse is covered for the riding in dressage to be successful. The siblings believe training needs the right approach. Their focus is on developing the horse. Competition success is not a primary goal but rather an automatic result.

They coach each other and show how this works in their daily training. We watch as Jessica von Bredow-Werndl rides her mare, Havanna. The mare finds piaffe and passage relatively easy but the training always goes back to basics: she needs to be more active behind, especially in the flying changes she drops her poll down and then automatically goes onto the forehand. Even though the mare is highly schooled, taking her back to the fundamentals of dressage helps enormously in her daily riding. Once being sent forwards instead of practicing the tempi changes they just ride one flying change. Benjamin Werndl comments on the work so that Jessica receives instant feedback from “eyes on the ground”. 

Further videos in this series: 
Dressage sport holistic approach to success part 2: Supervision and training
Dressage sport holistic approach to success Part 3: Hand and ground work for dressage horses
Dressage sport holistic approach to success Part 4: Management and health of the horse
Dressage sport holistic approach to success Part 5: Workout exercises for equestrian Yoga & weightlifting

You will learn in this video:

  • Why the well-being of their horses is so important to them
  • How the siblings help each other in the arena
  • How they improve the tempi changes using the basic of dressage riding

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl is one of Germany’s up and coming riders. She won the team gold in Tryon last year. She and her brother, Benjamin Werndl, train dressage horses at their stable, Gut Aubenhausen. 

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