“Horses want to go well!”, the late Paul Stecken, who unfortunately passed away at the age of 100 in 2017, was part of the group responsible for the German “Reitvorschrift HDv12” book being actualized in the 1930s. He has spent his entire life promoting training and riding horses following these established principles.
In this video, he takes us with him as he shares his memories and thoughts on the changes in riding sport over the last 90 years. Paul Stecken discusses the two existing outlooks and the resulting problems with such riding, training, and judging.
In this interview he criticizes, amongst others, the attitude of the FEI, shares what he believes to be absolute mistakes in the developments of horse training and explains what measures he wishes would be implemented in horse sport in the future. Telling the story of Nector, a successful horse Ingrid Klimke previously rode, he shares his personal experiences and gives the viewers a glimpse into his reasoning as to why he tirelessly promotes a fair, correct and sound education for horses.
“nothing is more enjoyable to experience than horses going well, being successful, happy and thankful because of this way of training”
If you want to see Paul Stecken’s philosophy in practice, check out how he trains Ingrid Klimke in this video: Just Paul Part 1: First dressage training session with Paul Stecken for the young horse
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Retired Major, the late Paul Stecken, former director of the Westfalen Riding and Driving School and mentor of many world-renowned riders such as Reiner Klimke and his daughter, Ingrid Klimke, was well known for promoting the training of horses and riders following classical principles as originally outlined in the HDv12.> more
At the beginning of his training, a young horse needs to learn to focus on the rider’s aids. The first steps will be for him to move with suppleness, in a steady rhythm in all three paces. In this video the young Danaro, a 4-year-old stallion is presented to us by Andreas Busacker, Ingrid Klimke’s husband.
Duration: 00:09:15 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
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: 00:09:08 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: 00:16:05 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: 00:20:01 Minutes