The former First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

„Take your time, but don’t waste your time!“

His Philosophy was built during his time in the Spanish Riding Scholl in Vienna. The goal and hope is to keep the principals and moral value of the classical horsemanship.

Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg started his education in 1960 at the Spanish Riding School being taught by Alois Podhajsky. In 1964 he became an Assistant Rider. Within a very short time, he become Chief Rider in 1981 and First Chief Rider in 1995. Becoming one of the youngest Chief Riders in the long history of the SRS.

During his time at the SRS he was responsible for anything from hands on training of the Stallions in hand and under the saddle, as well as the training and education of the Staff, from the Eleves all the way up to other Chief Riders. He was also responsible for the selection of talented young stallions from Piper to be trained at the School.

Most of the people know him from the many exquisite performances that he took part in, at nearly every special event, such as the unforgettable Pas de demux with Klaus Krizsch, school above the ground in saddle as well as work in hand, long reins and of course the legendary Quadrille.

His students are successful on an international level. He is also a FEI Judge. Since 2010 we are training on a regular basis with Arthur. Every three months he comes to visit the facilities of Reitverein Rotensol to support us in our training. Since 2012 I am acting Co-Trainer at Lipica Stud, training the young performance riders. A few days each month we travel to Lipica Stud to support the staff in their training with the stallions.

At the end of 2014 we were booked by the Slovenian FEI in cooperation with the Slovenian Olympic Committee for a Trainer Seminar.