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'Horse friendly and successful'
Uta Gräf explains her methods: training that respects the horse, natural living conditions in open stabling and international level dressage horses living in paddocks in large groups. “Scrape off the mud and ride Grand Prix” is her motto. This new series of training films featuring the internationally acclaimed dressage rider shows how it is done. Part 1 “Motivating the Horse”, Part 2 “Training the Rider” and Part 3 “Competitive Success”.
Part 1: Motivating the Horse
The joy of riding is getting pleasure as a rider out of being around horses and reaching your own personal goals. Imparting the pleasure of that joint endeavor to ones horse is by far the most important goal in Uta Gräf’s training and equine husbandry. Highlight: Behind the scene glimpses into her training concept for her top horses.
- Be good to the horse
- Impart pleasure with work
- The training structure
- Encouragement in line with ability
- Fine riding, minimal aids
- The bigger picture - working equitation
- An active seat – a subtle influence
- Care and feeding
- Handling and training
Part 2: Training the Rider
Riding with motivation and enthusiasm are important pre-requisites to creating a partnership that is equally pleasurable for the horse. Successful grand prix rider Uta Gräf’s aim is fine riding on keen horses. The second film in the three part series shows which influences the rider can use to get close to this ideal. Highlight: Uta Gräf talks about training her successful horses from horseback.
- Choosing the right horse
- Finding the right trainer
- Instruction and stable culture
- Riding without fear through good husbandry and training
- Stress-free riding
- Seat and posture exercises
Part 3: Competitive Success
For many riders, the climax to the joy of riding is to begin competing. Successful grand prix
rider Uta Gräf gives insights into her methods for preparing and beginning to compete built
on training which respects the horse and its natural living conditions. Highlight: Uta Gräf’s
floodlit Grand Prix Kür with Le Noir.
- Training towards competition
- At the competition
- Before the test
- Warming up
- The test
- Dressage riding for joy
Friederike Heidenhof has been training with Uta Gräf since 2002 and has been following her competitive career since Uta’s first success at regional S-Level. Having been trained in her youth following the “old school” method, she is particularly keen to show that classical training methods are not obsolete, but are more relevant now than ever.