View Full Version : Stuttgart, Germany?
Sep. 16, 2009, 12:18 PM
So my fiance is applying for a position in Stuttgart. (He's Army). If he gets it I guess off we go to Germany for about 3 years! That being said, anyone know specifically of any websites for barns over there? I guess if this all happens I'll have to sell my current 2nd level boy here (he would not do well with the German way of life with reduced turnout not to mention I don't have the immediate money to ship him) and buy something when I got there. Bright side is I should be able to get a REALLY nice young horse :D That being said, anyone have any info on the area dressage wise? I hope to maybe get a job as a groom or working student as well and make the most out of my time in dressage-land!
Sep. 16, 2009, 02:11 PM
Well, the Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff is located in Karlsruhe, which isn't very far from Stuttgart. That used to be a top classical training barn with the most wonderful Christmas shows. He passed away, but they still have good instructors there. The Reithalle is absolutely beautiful. You can see it on 'The Instructors' page on their website, here (http://www.von-neindorff-stiftung.de/english/index-en.htm) in English.
Sep. 16, 2009, 03:51 PM
In american terms, it's close by, in German terms it is a world tour.
Stuttgard (I loff that city!) is a metropolitan area with the traffic to prove it.
However, it being densly populated Germany, you will find many barns in spitting distance.
Do a preliminary google on 'reitverein' and 'reitstall' or 'reiterhof'. naturally add the location ;) if you have any questions I'd be happy to translate.
Sep. 17, 2009, 12:34 AM
Ok, so I found this place which appears to be what we in the US refer to as a full care boarding facility. Haven't the faintest idea what the price list says for the service offered. My toolbar gave me a german translation for the site but the fees are on a PDF! Here's the site: http://www.stuttgarter-reit-und-fahrverein.de/index.php
Can anyone translate those fees?
Sep. 17, 2009, 01:14 AM
It's the membership fee for the club. Not sure what all it includes, but boarding is extra.
yearly membership is 360 Euro
Group lessons are 19 Euro (170 for 10)
4 Euro extra for jumping lessons
guest membership 40/month (3 month max)
Private lessons can be arranged, they have 16 lesson horses, but with your own horse you can also take group lessons.
The place looks nice, higher end (not cheap) but really nice. I am sure it's not the only option...but a really nice starting point.
Sep. 17, 2009, 01:22 AM
you'll pay 360 Euro for down pay and 320 Euro per year for member ship in the club. you'll need that to start in shows in Germany.
You'll have to call them for the monthly boarding fee...it'll be reasonable I think.
then you'll need a trainer...not sure who's there...
Sep. 17, 2009, 09:05 AM
Big city, many options. :)
And assuming you will be in Echterdingen:
the same in small: http://tinyurl.com/m55gjc just add (http://tinyurl.com/m55gjc)
just add 'reitverein' in the search box
Sep. 17, 2009, 09:17 AM
If you have a sponsor there, have them put the word out, "looking for other military/family members riding in the Stuttgart area". That's a good place to start, and will result in some recommendations for you to check out.
This is exactly how we were able to find a great barn where I took lessons on some nice school horses while we were in Germany (south of Stuttgart).
Have fun! What a wonderful experience it is.
Sep. 17, 2009, 10:13 AM
And no matter where you wind up riding, check out the Reitinstitut von Neindorff. It is gorgeous and historically famous. Find out their special 'show' schedule - as in performance, rather than competition, and try to get tickets for one of their special performances. I'm pretty sure it was the Christmas show that was so special and so hard to get tickets for.