Dressage sport – holistic approach to success part 2: Supervision and training



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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 doesnt 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.

You will learn in this video:

  • The work Dressage Trainer Jonny Hilberath does with Jessica and Benjamin
  • His thoughts on working with each horse as an individual according to their own personality and character
  • Riding the piaffe and passage work in a snaffle

Further videos in this series:

 

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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