Yvonne’s philosophy is based on the German Training Scale and the Principles of Classical Training for horse and rider. She does not believe in short cuts or fast training methods. Neither the horse nor rider will benefit from that in the long run. The horses’ wellbeing is most important and has to be kept in mind at all times.

The object of Dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen thus achieving perfect understanding with the rider.

The difficulty with this philosophy is that these Classical Principles are easily lost in the many different training methods available today. Dressage has moved on to being a competitive international sport and there are a lot of concepts that influence the way a horse is trained and ridden. Many of these concepts neglect the fundamental Principles of Classical Dressage.

For Yvonne Classical Dressage is performed when horse and rider understand and communicate effectively. This relationship is based on trust and a willingness to respond and interact with each other.

Growing up in Germany, Dressage is more than just riding to her. Dressage is the Art of Horsemanship and Riding. The horse is guided through a series of movements by subtle cues from the rider. During the sixteenth century, horse training was refined to an art and it later spread throughout Europe and became a competitive sport. By not understanding the importance of systematic training and developing a horse’s mind and body slowly, the horses suffer.

Yvonne feels we should focus equally on becoming better riders but also better “horsemen and women”. For the benefit for our horses and the sport!