Dressage Course

The objectives of the course are to work towards the correct seat, giving light aids, and working the horse in hand and under saddle. Students will be encouraged to use loosening work in order to achieve increased suppleness in the horse. The difference between classical equitation and dressage ridden today is the thorough preparation of the pupil (the horse or rider) which enables them to work easily and with lightness towards movements in the highest degree of collection. The clinic is suitable for horses and riders of all grades.

At the beginning of the first lesson, a thorough assessment of the horse and rider combination and their degree of training is undertaken and their objectives for the clinic and any existing problems discussed. I will then assist with warming up and loosening work, followed by increasingly collecting the horse and working towards the movements already established. In this way, any required corrections may be made in the basic work, before moving on to integrating them in more advanced work, or preparing to work towards new movements.

The rider receives my commands directly into the ear via wireless receiver from Sennheiser. Thus the rider can concentrate completely on the instructions and explanations and no command is lost. In the case of a film recordings the receiver to the camera can be adjusted to the same frequency with appropriate equipment. This gives you a sound quality in your video as in a TV movie.

During the clinic I create on my Ipad notes about the respective pair of riders. These notes include an actual state, each ridden lessons over all clinic dates and a homework. This form will be sent to the rider after the clinic, so it is possible to work between the clinics with your own trainer on the same topics.

Tuition will be in private lessons of 45 minutes duration in order to cater for each horse and rider combination individually. It is within my remit to extend or reduce the duration of each lesson.

NEW – Video Coaching

Support for you and your horse regardless where you are in the world! I will help you:

  • to get through a problem
  • to establish your training level
  • to reach the next level
  • to prepare for the competition, you will ride your test and I will give you support and advice to get the best feeling for the excersices.
  • to get new ideas during your daily training

Version 1: Video Training
You send us a video and we arrange a video conference call. We watch the video together and we Discos the issues I can see. You have the opportunity to ask questions, get a answer immediately, I will give you advice and suggestions for the problems we find together. Also for this Version the Pixio Camera Robot is very helpful.

Version 2: Live Training
requires to wear a head-set, video camera and someone you operates the camera during the lesson, high speed internet connection. If you are interested to buy a Pixio Camera Robot send me an email: elkepotucek@me.com. I’m happy to tell you as my customer you will get a discount if you order with my personalized booking code.

The objective of the course is to be able to ride over poles and easy jumps in trot and canter. Riders have to be able to competently ride in forward seat.
Using simple exercises, riders are taught to approach a jump and to become more secure in their position over a fence. Potential problems such as rushing into fences or refusing are dealt with, using a mixture of flatwork and jumping. In addition, distances between fences will be explained and how to build different jumps.

Cavalletti Work/Gymnastic Jumping

Instructor: Patric Puscha

Training the horse in the classical way does not only include flatwork and dressage, but also gymnastic jumping, which when used on a regular basis, aids the systematic building of muscle.

This kind of work is of outstanding value because the horse carries out certain, controlled movements. The horse is encouraged to push off more energetically and consequently, to put down more firmly. The whole locomotor system is put to better use, without a change in the footfall in the basic gaits. Due to this tensing and relaxing of muscles in diverse muscle groups, those muscles responsible for the correct sequence of movements are strengthened.

Also professional show jumper will improve during the lessons. Special built combinations, fences and obstacles, combined with dressage training help the rider to control the horse during a competition. The professional show jumper get a ridable horse inbetween the fences.

Improving your Position

…. Riding with a good seat will enable the rider to give effective aids. It is every rider’s duty to continually observe and correct his seat in order to improve and fortify it..

(after R. Waetjen, ‘Dressage Riding: A Guide for the Training of Horse and Rider’).

Only an independent and completely relaxed seat wich has become second nature will enable the rider to sense and feel his horse and his reactions. Riders educated to this extent are able to use the aids independently of each other and to influence their horse in a sensitive and effective manner.

This course is suitable for the advanced rider who appreciates the importance of the correct seat.

The objective is for the rider to be able to control his body, to relax, and to follow the horse’s movement softly and with elasticity. In this way, the quality of the horse’s movement can be improved and lightness can be achieved. This enables the horse to become more expressive in his movements.

Lungeing Course/Working with Long Reins

Lungeing a horse provides a number of options for work on the ground. The horse can be worked to become more supple, collected or relaxed. Lungeing young horses teaches them to get used to the rider. Work over cavaletti on the lunge or in Long Reins without a rider and in the basic gaits, including changes of direction, can be of enormous benefit in suppling the horse. Long Reins can be used to bend or flex the horse and to ask for more impulsion.

This course aims to teach students the correct way of using the lunge line as well as the use of the appropriate aids. We will discuss the tack required for lungeing as well as the various auxiliary reins and how to use them.

For work in hand we suggest our EPP Lungeing System, which we appreciate to show you during this clinic.

Experienced students are taught how to use Long Reins and how to execute changes of direction within a circle or from one circle to the other. These can be made within the same the gait, and in order to increase the horse’s attention, lungeing over poles on the ground or cavaletti may be introduced.
Tuition is on a one-to-one basis twice a day and is individually tailored to suit your experience.