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Where to find FEI instruction in Germany?

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  • Where to find FEI instruction in Germany?

    My trainer is planning a trip to Germany April 27th-May 6th. She would love to take the opportunity while she's there to get instruction on an FEI level horse(s). Does anyone have any recommendations for who she can contact? So far she's had a difficult time finding a place with a horse at that level who is available for lessons. My trainer an amazing rider and also a wonderful person that is a joy to work with. Any help would be much appreciated!!!

  • #2
    I would try one of the Ntl. Riding Schools. I went to Hoya years ago and brought my own horse, but I remember that they had quite a few talented upper level school horses.


    Here ia a page with links to all the Ntl. Riding Schools:


    • Original Poster

      Thanks, I will pass that along to her! Does anyone else have any other suggestions or contacts?


      • #4

        Personal friends of mine. Awesome, capable instructors.
        Originally posted by dizzywriter
        My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.


        • Original Poster

          These are great! Thanks!!! Keep the suggestions coming!


          • #6
            I see artistic dressage is Dr. Ritter! He'll even speak english
            (To bad for us that he went back to Germany...)


            • #7
              What part of Germany will she be in?


              • #8
                I adore Col. von Ziegner. Not sure if he still teaches but he is based in the Lüneburger Heide (South of Hamburg area) and I know his family is keeping up the operation. The Colonel is highly respected and a brilliant person and teacher.
                Also highly depends on what your friend is looking to achieve. Does she already have experience at FEI level? Instructors here will expect her to have an independant seat and have her basics together to the nines before they bother with upper level work.
                Nicole Uphoff-Selke (the former Olympian) also has a very nice teaching program together and speaks good English. I am unaware of her precise terms and schedule but have a friend who is a good friend of hers.
                It's a pity the Academy didn't take of they had in Warendorf.

                There are a gazillion of trainers here but the majority does not entertain schoolmasters of their own OR they tend to not have good English. The States Riding schools are doing a great job overhere but I wouldn't really go there as an adult amateur looking for upper level lessons.

                An idea would be to contact Markus Gribbe at the newly founded Dressurpferdezentrum. I think they're likely equiped there to cater to your friend's needs. Marne from this board is training with him for quite a while already and has had very good results. No personal experience on my end though but I've seen him ride on several occasions and sort of following his work with Goldfever II. Consider him a highly capable rider

                Unfortunately nowadays many of the BNT will expect you to first spend a lot of money with them (e.g. buy horse or even better horses) before they will take you on as a student. There is a generation of great instructors that are gradually vanishing here. Three of the four best instructors I've ridden under have died already and I don't see the younger ones living up to their good example. I know of many but can not recommend all of them. The above are my best bets. Hope helps.
                Froh zu sein bedarf es wenig...


                • #9

                  I am curious what this is?

                  "Simple: Breeding,Training, Riding". Wolfram Wittig.


                  • #10

                    This is where he worked at and out of as of 2010. I think he left them recently. The Lodbergen facility was founded by Gribbe and Harli Seifert after her shutting down the stallion station in the process of the financial crisis. He still trains Goldfever II though for Norbert Bramlage and presented him just a few weeks ago in public.
                    Froh zu sein bedarf es wenig...


                    • #11
                      Looked at the website. I want that riding arena!! I would ride so much better in an arena like that.....

                      I think the biggest problem is finding a place with upper level school horses!