‘Horse friendly and successful’ Uta Gräf explains her methods: training that respects the horse, natural living conditions in open stabling and international level dressage horses living in paddocks in large groups.
“Scrape off the mud and ride Grand Prix” is her motto.
This new series of training films featuring the internationally acclaimed dressage rider shows how it is done.
Part 1 “Motivating the Horse”, Part 2 “Training the Rider” and Part 3 “Competitive Success”. Part 1: Motivating the HorseThe joy of riding is getting pleasure as a rider out of being around horses and reaching your own personal goals. Imparting the pleasure of that joint endeavor to ones horse is by far the most important goal in Uta Gräf’s training and equine husbandry. Highlight: Behind the scene glimpses into her training concept for her top horses. –
Be good to the horse- Impart pleasure with work- The training structure- Encouragement in line with ability- Fine riding, minimal aids- The bigger picture – working equitation- An active seat – a subtle influence- Care and feeding- Handling and training
Part 2: Training the Rider Riding with motivation and enthusiasm are important pre-requisites to creating a partnership that is equally pleasurable for the horse. Successful grand prix rider Uta Gräf’s aim is fine riding on keen horses.
The second film in the three part series shows which influences the rider can use to get close to this ideal. Highlight: Uta Gräf talks about training her successful horses from horseback. – Choosing the right horse- Finding the right trainer- Instruction and stable culture- Riding without fear through good husbandry and training- Stress-free riding- Seat and posture exercises
Part 3: Competitive SuccessFor many riders, the climax to the joy of riding is to begin competing. Successful grand prixrider Uta Gräf gives insights into her methods for preparing and beginning to compete builton training which respects the horse and its natural living conditions. Highlight: Uta Gräf’sfloodlit Grand Prix Kür with Le Noir. – Training towards competition- At the competition- Before the test- Warming up- The test- Dressage riding for joy.
Book Title: JOY OF DRESSAGE (DVD) SET PARTS 1-3 Publisher: Pferdia TV Format: DVD ISBN: 9783954990061 Author: Uta Gräf & Friederike Heidenhof Author Notes: Uta Gräf has made a name for herself on the international scene through her fine classical riding style which is particularly demonstrated during her harmonious performances. She has been a member of the B-Kader dressage team since 2011 and was on the long list for the London 2012 Olympics.
Her unusual combination of ambitious dressage riding and natural horse care in groups and open stabling have made her a trailblazer of the changing attitude to the horse and dressage. Uta Gräf lives with her partner Stefan Schneider at Gut Rothenkircher Hof in Kirchheimbolanden. Friederike Heidenhof has been training with Uta Gräf since 2002 and has been following her competitive career since Uta’s first success at regional S-Level.
Having been trained in her youth following the “old school” method, she is particularly keen to show that classical training methods are not obsolete, but are more relevant now than ever.