The fitness of the rider is very often underestimated, by non-riders as well as by active ones. But this is where the real potential lies: Whoever prepares his body well for riding can make progress in the saddle. This applies to every level of performance. This aspect is very important for the overall training of equestrian siblings Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl, check out their workout plan!
"If you want your horse to run like a rubber ball, you have to become a rubber ball yourself" is the motto of the dressage riders and instructors. The two show in this film how they improve their equestrian fitness through strength training, endurance training, and yoga and explain how helpful mental training can be in tournament sports. Important in sports for riders is that all exercises address the entire body, not just an isolated muscle group. Many of the exercises shown therefore use their own body weight for training.
Special attention is paid to the trunk muscles - a strong back is important, because in the long term especially the back is stressed. If you want to sit supple in the saddle, you have to be flexible and be able to specifically tighten and relax your muscles. Ideal for improving these skills is yoga. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl shows how she uses yoga and explains what mental exercises are helpful to her before and during the competition. As equestrians, we should not only prepare and expect our horse to be fit but also be prepared through workout to support them in their everyday training as well as in competition.
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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
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes
Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition.
Duration: 20:01 Minutes
The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
Duration: 09:08 Minutes
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 10:44 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: 10:07 Minutes