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Latest advice for places that provide Dressage 'boot camp' in Germany for around June 2018

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  • Latest advice for places that provide Dressage 'boot camp' in Germany for around June 2018

    Dear COTHers, gosh, this is a topic that has garnered many threads over the years, and I've dutifully read them all, and checked out links, but if you will bear with me, may I raise it again?

    I am hoping to find myself in Northern Europe next summer (from sunny South Australia) for research for an art history book chapter that will take me to London (where I used to it live) for a few weeks.

    I would like to round out my research with some dressage boot camp in Germany before heading back to Oz. I would like to work specifically on more effective sitting trot and stiller hands. I'm an adult amateur riding my PSG wb schoolmaster at 3rd level. While he is in full work, though nearing retirement, I am seeking the more balanced and fluid seat one gets from the intensity of riding different horses and more horses per day. I am not seeking an qualification or accreditation. I've been screamed at by coaches of all nationalities in a variety of languages, from Polish to German, from a tender age - so have had to translate on the spot - but do not have much German myself - I have some French, if that's any use.

    Many previous recommendations on the forum, from say 2009 - 2010 are probably still relevant, especially those that note the state riding schools - but many links are old, or dead, or about courses that lead to bereiter quals. I'm not wedded to any particular region, and the setting doesn't need to be residential, but I won't have my own horse with me.

    I've found this place in Sudhartz, near Leipzig - https://www.horsexplore.com/germany
    which looks like you'd get good basics - and I know there are a few Australians over there atm like Warwick McLean (I've just reviewed one of his dad Andrew's books - but i think W. does only training of horses). Don't hesitate to clarify anything - and any advice will be received most gratefully. It hard from Australia to know appropriate places to go and train -- our GP riders do network a lot with Europe and the US but I am specifically looking at Germany.

  • #2
    Redefin, they have a class "Dressage Special " and the plan for next year came out yesterday. If you really hurry you might be able to book a class, but they fill up fast..... I go there in December. Its amazing


    • #3
      Thanks for the link. Now I'm looking at going to one of these weeks!


      • Original Poster

        Thanks Manni and Scruffy. I've emailed Redefin for the program, as can make neither head nor tail of the website as the 'Riding and Driving School' page doesn't lead anywhere. ddx


        • #5
          I guess they are not that much into English.... This is the link to the German page with the dates.. http://www.landgestuet-redefin.de/la...ule/lehrgaenge


          • #6
            Did you get the info you needed?? I will go in 2 weeks for my Dressage bootcamp and I am really looking forward to it !!


            • #7
              Would you consider Portugal? I'm an Aussie too, and spent time in Portugal in June. I had 10 lessons over 7 days, on a PSG schoolmaster and a 5 year old. We worked mainly on my position and riding, and I got to have a play with piaffe/passage and tempi changes which was amazing. Very classical, and all about working correctly and effectively rather than "tricks". I am an eventer, schooling and previously competing elementary/medium level as far as dressage goes. If you would like some more details you are very welcome to PM me.


              • Original Poster

                That's very kind somanyhorses, I think I might try German boot-camp first, if I can ... and the Portuguese ones when I am maybe able to tie this in with research. ddx


                • #9
                  Ok, finished my boot camp today!! I would really recommend it. We were 6 people. it was 3 days with 6 lessons. All the horses were stallions from the state stud, My horse was a lovely grey stallion, an upper level Schoolmaster who can do anything, We worked on the canter halfpasses, a lot of changes and touched the canter pirouette. you can bring your own horse or get a stallion from them. The groups are only 2 persons so the lesson is very intense. All the participants had done this course several times... I was the only one doing it for the first time and everybody was booked for the next course already.
                  The trainer is very experienced and the lessons were really full of information. I got a lot of ideas for structuring my training units better.
                  So I hope you were able to contact them. In case you weren't able to reach them, I would still offer to help you with it. And this instructor will retire in 2018, so next year will be the last chance....