When you conjure up the image of an athletic, forward-moving, and motivated dressage horse, and when you consider the training guidelines espoused by the German Equestrian Federation (FN), there is only one name that deserves to immediately come to mind: Ingrid Klimke. Klimke learned how to ride and train horses correctly, from the absolute basics right through to the highest technical levels, and continues in this vein today—single-mindedly, passionately, and with the utmost success in the disciplines of dressage, eventing, and show jumping. In Klimke's three training DVDs, the Olympic champion shares her key ideas for the successful training of horses. The main components of her training method include dressage exercises to improve suppleness and collection; pole work (cavalletti); lower level jumping obstacles; and basic training for cross-country. Klimke is ably supported in the dressage training component by Major Paul Stecken. This DVD focuses on the following:
Dressage: Exercises to improve extension; rhythm; relaxation; contact between the rider's hands and the horse's mouth; familiarization with rider aids; half- and full halts; transitions; signs of suppleness; first show ring experiences; and much more.
Pole work (cavalletti): Introduction to the technique and work on the longe line.
Jumping: First jumping obstacles; use of a lead horse; and gymnastic series.
Cross-country: Use of the safety seat; first jumping obstacles; introduction to water; work uphill and downhill.
About the Author
Ingrid Klimke is an international trainer of dressage, show jumping, and event horses, and currently competes for Germany as an event rider. She had always been able to call on her father Reiner Klimke's experience but has also been greatly influenced by Fritz Ligges, Ian Miller, and Anne Kursinski. She's appeared at five Olympics, from 2000 to 2016. With her horse Abraxxas, she won two gold medals in team eventing, at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won a team silver medal with Hale Bob at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She placed seventh at the 2002 Dressage World Cup Final with the horse Nector van het Carelshof. She lives and trains in Münster, Germany.