Let a Horse be a Horse and act accordingly
Raised on a farm in the countryside, Klaus Balkenhol’s childhood was influenced by close contact with all kinds of animals on a daily basis.
At that time, horses were primarily used for work, and before young Klaus could go riding, his horse had already put in a day’s work in the fields.
As was typical in rural areas at the time, riders rode these same horses in dressage, showjumping and eventing competitions.
When he became a police squad officer, horses again became his working partners, and with the police horse Rabauke, entered into the world of Grand Prix Dressage.
He trained dozens of horses to the highest level, and with his service horse, Goldstern, he was at the top in world rankings for years, including two team gold medals in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. As a trainer of riders and horses, Klaus follows the rules of classical riding and horsemanship.
His most important focus is always to maintain the basic gaits of the horse. And his credo is to do what is natural for the horse, using fairness in working with the equine partner.
106 mins run time
Book Title: Klaus Balkenhol – Dressage Riding with Horsemanship (DVD)
Publisher: BLUMFILM Format: DVD ISBN: 9783940810014 Author: Roland Blum Film
Author Notes: Klaus Balkenhol (born 6 December 1939 in Velen) is a German equestrian and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal in team dressage at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona with the team from Germany. Klaus is the author of several dressage books. He is an avid member of Xenophen, and like Philippe Karl petitions against the use of rollkur. Klaus’s earlier riding career consisted of being a mounted policeman. He was also the coach of the U.S. Olympic team. He also received a gold medal with the German team in 1996.
At present Balkenhol is the trainer of olympic equestrian Laura Bechtolsheimer. Visit http://www.balkenhol.org for a full history.