The German National Riding School

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The school, located in Warendorf Germany, has been integrated into the State Stud since 1968 and is primarily involved in the professional development, examination and certification of the various levels of professional riders, trainers and instructors using the guidelines of Classical Riding. The curriculum includes animal welfare in working with horses, and the care and preservation of the equestrian sports and horse breeding as a cultural asset in Germany.

The School houses approximately 50 well-trained horses (mostly stallions), used for student demos. The curriculum is supported by competitive professionals including judges and course designers. A successful start into an equestrian career is pretty much guaranteed with a diploma from the German National Riding School. It is classified as an education halfway between grass roots riding schools and international level competitors and operates all throughout Germany. It seeks to fulfill as its mandate to further the collaboration with the Department of “National Sports”, the German Equestrian Federation (FN) and the German Riding & Driving Association.

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Hannes Mueller, the Head Trainer of the German National Riding School, began working with Saddlefit 4 Life in 2007, at which point Jochen Schleese was invited as a guest lecturer for some of the professional trainer courses on a regular bi-annual basis. The School often invites other outside equine professionals in as guest speakers to round out its offering with the usual teachers, which leads to a more well-rounded educational experience for the students.

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DSC_0050 Having spent years doing exercises to supposedly loosen my hips in an attempt to sit deeper in the saddle and prevent my toes from turning out while riding, I discovered when I ride in a ‘female’ saddle, I am immediately sitting deep in the saddle with my toes pointing forward – without even warming up. I wonder what unnecessary damage I’ve done to myself from years of putting torque on my joints from these exercises from a classical riding book. I wonder how many other women have unnecessarily hurt their body believing they struggle with ‘tight hips’.

— Laura Whitteron, Saddle Ergonomist, England

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