1991 - present
Instruction of trainers, instructors and riders in the United States.
Established Positive Riding and began working as a self-employed instructor and clinician in Europe.
1980 – 85
Served as Chief Executive Officer and head trainer at Stenbjerggaard Riding School.
1974 – 85
Educated Bereiters in Denmark.
1972 – 80
Served as Chief Executive Officer and head trainer at Helsinge Riding School.
Completed requirements to become a licensed trainer of future riding instructors and Bereiters.
Served in the Danish Cavalry - military service.
Completed 6-year Bereiter education to become a licensed trainer in Denmark.
Many books have been written about dressage. Through these books and other sources we have heard of various theories, which can sometimes lead to frustration if we cannot transfer these theories into action when we sit on the horse's back. It is important that we study riding theory so that our philosophy is built on as broad a foundation as possible. But it is even more important to understand the physical and psychological functions of the horse. With this knowledge, we can effectively communicate with the horse to help him understand what we are asking of him.
When we have studied all those dressage theories thoroughly, the next step is to simplify in order to get a comprehensive view. Many projects drown in theories and that is very often the case with the education of horses. Many people think that riders who can educate horses to Grand Prix must be extraordinarily intelligent people. It is such a difficult task. This is not the case. Riders who educate horses to Grand Prix are often people who have the ability to simplify and ride with a plan...riders who are stubborn, hard-working, and who dare to take a chance.
It is important that we develop a personal style, building on our individuality, rather than merely copying other riders. But even though it’s right to have our own philosophy and to do things our own way, there are certain rules that apply to everyone. It is important that we always have goals toward which we are working, and that we always stick to them, maintaining consistency. The ultimate goal must always be to allow the horse to work in a form that makes it physically possible for him to do what we ask. In other words, the horse should never feel handicapped by his frame. This requires that we know a little bit about the laws of nature so that we can work with and not against the horse. It also requires that our horse is supple, well-muscled and understands the rider's aids.
In addition, it is important that we as riders actually understand what is behind all the expressions that we know so well, such as:
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