To check if their training is on the right path siblings Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin ride under the watchful eye of Dressage Trainer Jonny Hilberath, taking over the role as supervisor and teaching them both.
We watch as they ride three horses with the help of Jonny Hilberath. The goal is a relaxed mind but a more expressive movement. This is exactly what they are aiming for with their sports partners at Gut Aubenhausen, a holistic approach that allows the horse to show off but remain relaxed and confident, which they continually show in this video. Training with tenseness achieves nothing, the physical and psychological well-being of the horses are paramount.
With quiet and varying work the horse can work in a mentally active and attentive way. By breaking the work intelligently into smaller chunks the rider can make it easier for themselves and the horse to learn. For example: riding counter canter after the canter pirouettes make sense because this increases the jump in the canter. This way the goal of carrying more weight with the hindquarters is achieved with the next canter pirouette already showing an improvement.
We also get to see strategies that help when it doesn’t all go immediately to plan. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl explains how important for the dressage training it is to move on from a mistake and concentrate on what the horse can do well. Her brother then tells us how their number one rule is not letting their competitiveness become more important than what a horse is capable of.
Further videos in this series:
Dressage Sport – Holistic Approach to Success Part 1: Dressage Riding Philosophy in the Daily Work
Dressage Sport – Holistic Approach to Success Part 3: Hand and Groundwork 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
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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.> more
In her dressage training, Ingrid Klimke received regular coaching from her mentor Major Paul Stecken. In today’s training session, they work with the 4-year-old Trakehner mare Eternity on developing impulsion according to the classical training principles.
Duration: 00:20:01 Minutes
We work on establishing a steady contact, a soft and rubbery connection between the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth that receives the energy from the horse’s hindquarters. This supports the development of pushing power.
Duration: 00:16:26 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: 00:21:17 Minutes
This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
Duration: 00:10:07 Minutes
Ingrid Klimke coaches her student Laura in the use of correct aids with a young and still unfocused horse in an unfamiliar arena. It is very important in such situations that the young horse listens to the rider’s driving aids. Sait Ledger is a 5-year-old Hanovarian gelding who is being trained by his owner Laura.
Duration: 00:09:08 Minutes