World-Wide Licensed Certified Equine Ergonomists (CEEs)

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CEEs are not specifically trained to do any adjustment work on the saddle or sell saddles. The CEE is trained strictly to provide the client with independent advice based on scientific research, without affiliation to a particular brand. The CEE works in conjunction with a Licensed CSE to provide horse and rider with a properly fitted saddle.   CEEs need to be recertified every 5 years.


World-Wide Licensed Certified Equine Ergonomists (CEE)

Name S4L
Valid Until:
Christiane Noelting CEE 2006 2021 United States
Miriam Boutros-Dale CEE 2006 2021 North America
Karin Kohl CEE 2011 2016 United States
Connie Frantzke CEE 2012 2021 North America
Karen Laidley, DVM CEE 2013 2018 United States
Saskia Santifaller CEE 2013 2018 Germany
Petra Halvardsson CEE 2014 2024 Germany
Celine Balcer CEE 2014 2019 France
Christopher Roux CEE 2014 2019 Germany
Monika Bach CEE 2014 2019 Germany
Dagmar Christiansen CEE 2014 2019 Germany
Linda Hegmann CEE 2014 2019 Germany
Nina Höller CEE 2014 2019 Austria
Maike Salefsky CEE 2014 2019 Germany
Ammar Saud CEE 2014 2019 Kuwait
Murielle Richard-Price CEE 2015 2024 United States
Erica Spencer-Aulie CEE 2015 2021 United States
Alexa Lindsay CEE 2015 2022  United States
Claudia Nies CEE 2015 2020 Germany
Hekie Besold CEE 2015 2020 Germany
Sabine Junk  CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Kathrin Krohn CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Stefanie Lips  CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Anke Münch  CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Claudia Nies  CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Inga Ross  CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Ulrike Rossi  CEE  2015  2021  Germany
Nadine Weiβhaar CEE  2015  2020 Germany
Susanne Wennemuth CEE  2015  2020  Germany
Sarah Ellis CEE 2016 2021 United States
Deb Hirons CEE 2016 2021 United States
Imke Maring CEE 2016 2021 United States
Karen Bates CEE 2016 2021 United States
Sarah Ellis CEE 2016 2021 United States
Michelle Lyall CEE 2016 2021 England
Louisa Cuomo CEE 2017 2022 England
Hazel Johnson CEE 2017 2022 England
Helene van Staden CEE 2017 2022 South Africa
Jodi Lee James CEE 2017 2022 South Africa
Martina van Heiden CEE 2016 2021  Germany
Dorothe Weber CEE 2016 2021 Germany
Basia Kolzewska CEE 2017 2022  Poland
Angela Arens CEE 2016 2021 Germany 
Jamin Adams CEE 2017 2022  Germany
Susanne Zink CEE 2016 2021 Germany 
Carina Schulze-Ardey CEE 2016 2021 Germany 
Gerlinde Rudolph CEE 2017 2022 Germany 
Anke Körber CEE 2017 2022 Germany 
Dorle Bockwoldt CEE 2017 2022 Germany 
Alexandra Walter-Rath CEE 2015 2022 Canada 
Britta Schulz CEE 2014 2022 Germany 
Janine Sudowe CEE 2017 2022 Germany
Shellea Ripley CEE 2018 2023 South Africa
Steffi Paardemann CEE 2018 2023 South Africa
Lisa-Marie Le Cok CEE 2018 2023 South Africa
Samantha Lowrey CEE 2018 2023 South Africa
Natalie Desaint CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Michal Dobrowolski CEE 2018 2023 Poland
Manja Gille CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Heike Grüters-Bückemeyer CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Kerstin Günther CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Martin Hammel CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Theresa Hübsch CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Sabine Huf CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Dagmar König CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Ilona Müller CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Antje Rüscher CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Janine Scheerer CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Nicky Torbet CEE 2018 2023 Scottland
Iris Werner CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Maike Wessel CEE 2018 2023 Germany
Samantha Papalimu CEE 2018 2023 United States
Tea Uzman CEE 2018 2023  United States
Doug Shumway CEE 2018 2023 United States
Lori Kaeslin
United States
Malene Stordahl
Linda Glotta



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andrea Jochen Schleese’s experiences and ‘aha’ moments while working as a saddler are truly unique. It is truly a great honour that he shares this knowledge with us in Suffering in Silence. The use of his plaster cast method to take ‘butt imprints’ of many men and women exemplifies the sometimes circuitous route he used to achieve this level of knowledge. This methodology clearly demonstrated the differences between male and female pelvises and was integrated into saddle designs for the benefit of both. Riding is a very demanding sport, and the only one in which the athlete is dependent on the interaction of another being in order to move. As a physiotherapist and a rider myself, I can only state how important it is that finally the differences between male and female anatomy have been taken into consideration to positively impact biomechanics. The topic of saddle fit is a key consideration when I teach my course in biomechanics of the rider at the German National Riding School in Warendorf.  The rider forms the horse and the saddle forms the rider – these two statements are not mutually exclusive. I often compare the saddle to a shoe, which should be comfortable to wear – except that this ‘shoe’ needs to fit two beings (horse and rider) equally well at the same time. This leaves the saddlemaker with a huge responsibility – one which requires a good basic knowledge in human and equine anatomy. Although many of my students are not consciously aware of the anatomical differences in male and female pelvises, they are nevertheless adamant that a saddle should work well for either gender (which infers that these differences need to be taken into consideration during design). I can only expect good things to result in the sport of riding when riders, trainers, veterinarians, saddlers and physiotherapists combine their expertise and experiences for the common good of horse and rider. Only then can the saddler fulfill his role as interface between horse and rider and open the door for discourse. This in a nutshell is the philosophy of Jochen Schleese. Knee rolls are of specific interest to me personally. Through personal observation, which is substantiated by research, the opportunities for human activity and movement continue to dwindle nowadays. Children spend much of their time in inactivity, watching TV, playing games on their computers and cell phones. The result is necessary prosthetic compensation to make up for this loss in muscle development; for riders it is the addition of huge knee rolls on the saddle, which help to keep the rider in a static position while hindering movement.  A pliable seat for the rider and taking up the rhythm in motion are no longer achievable. Although at first glance it may seem that the rider is sitting properly balanced and straight, it soon becomes apparent that the rider is actually sitting stiffly but thinking that this is the way it should feel. The complementary muscle interactions are not in harmonious states of contraction and relaxation, which means that the rider cannot give the aids properly. How can she properly relay the message to the horse to achieve rhythm, suppleness, and connection – which are only the requirements from the first training scale? The rider feels cramped, experiences pain and possibly long term damage (up to and including slipped discs and torn muscles).  This is the possible result regardless which discipline you ride in – which is why the saddle should not only be correct for the rider’s gender and anatomy, but also appropriate for the riding discipline.

— Andrea Koslik, Rider and Physiotherapist

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