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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Jochen saved my horse - even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together. Thank you to Jochen Schleese.  Jochen saved my horse’s career, and in doing so, shaped mine.  Even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses.   The saddle fitting material in my book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It” is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together.” My post-graduation experience of seeing numerous records filled with refills for steroids and antibiotics or frequent, needless joint injections soon left me desperately searching for a better way to practice. The ensuing experience (meeting with Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese) changed my life, and subsequently changed the lives of the horses I’ve been able to work with. When I met Jochen Schleese, the founder of Saddlefit 4 Life® and listened to his in-depth explanation of how saddle fit affects the horse, I had a revelation. Here was someone who could put all the pieces together for me with compassionate understanding for the horse. I will admit, when I understood how much pain I had caused my horse, and how he had continued to try to do his job for me in the face of that pain, I cried uncontrollably. Now I was armed with something different in making the decision – the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit...and an option to correct his problems and continue to enjoy riding my horse knowing he is free of pain.”   Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About it - Video Icon for Website How to Use Thermography

— Joanna Robson DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA and Owner of Inspiritus Equine

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