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As equestrian journalists, we get to interview people who are top of their game and have so many ideas and information to pass on. This often transcribes into quite long interviews, sometimes a few thousand words.
While the interviews we do will still be transcribed and offered to you in written format (with great photos of course!), this is for those of you who want something interesting to listen to while you’re getting the dinner ready or driving in your car or mucking out the stables so you don’t miss out.

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As equestrian journalists, we get to interview people who are top of their game and have so many ideas and information to pass on. This often transcribes into quite long interviews, sometimes a few thousand words.
While the interviews we do will still be transcribed and offered to you in written format (with great photos of course!), this is for those of you who want something interesting to listen to while you’re getting the dinner ready or driving in your car or mucking out the stables so you don’t miss out.

    Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl: DressurFit for Rider Fitness

    Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl: DressurFit for Rider Fitness

    Do you want to ride like Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl? So do I. Well….I can’t promise her fitness programme will achieved that…she does a lot of hard work on the horse as well. However, it will help you be the best rider you can. You don’t want to be the weak link in your training!

    In this podcast, I talk to Jessica about the fitness programme used by her and her brother Benjamin and that’s now available for you to do as well! Jessica and Benjamin are both top level dressage riders in Germany. As a senior, Jessica has been on the podium at the World Cup Finals, Aachen CHIO, the Europeans and World Equestrian Games both as a German team member and individually. She also won the German Championships last year on her mare Dalera.

    Jessica talks about the DressurFit system, why extra fitness training is needed for all riders, the importance of good breathing and what got her into extra fitness training in the first place. She also talks about the need for riders to keep up with the more athletic horses being bred. We also discuss handling pressure and the importance of always learning and updating your knowledge.

    • 33 Min.
    Andreas Hausberger: Chief Rider, The Spanish Riding School, Vienna

    Andreas Hausberger: Chief Rider, The Spanish Riding School, Vienna

    This is one of the most fabulous interviews I’ve had the privilege of being part of. Andreas Hausberger. He’s a chief rider at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. He is beautiful, friendly, learned, generous and has a great sense of humour. His passion is infectious. Andreas is a genius with work in hand and is in high demand from some of the top riders of today to help with the high school movements of piaffe, passage and pirouettes.

    In this all encompassing interview, Andreas talks about the history and tradition of the School and what it has to offer the modern sport.
    He starts with his journey up the levels of the Spanish Riding School and we get deeper into the flexibility of the School, the masters who went before and their influence….there’s a lot of fascinating history in this.

    For years Andreas has worked with German dressage royalty: the Werndls and Rothenbergers and he gives us some insight into this work and talks a little bit about Cosmo and Dalera. It’s reassuring to know the top riders have their ups and downs as well! Andreas emphasises the importance of patience, consistency and having good eyes on the ground; the importance of the rider’s seat; taking the fear out of training, not forcing the horse and seeing the horse as a partner as well as focusing on doing the exercises correctly. We go on to discuss Classical versus Rollkur as training methods as well.


    All I can say is…listen to this podcast! Due to travel restrictions, it was conducted over WhatsApp rather than face to face so the quality isn’t as great as I’d hoped for. You might have to sit down and pay close attention, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

    • 1 Std. 10 Min.
    Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen 2: Life In The Top Sport

    Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen 2: Life In The Top Sport

    Hans Heinrich is a household name in Germany when it comes to the training of young riders and young horses. If you go to any of warmup arena at the big shows like the Bundeschampionate, Hans Heinrich is everywhere, warming up and preparing many combinations.

    The German has been the director of the Hoya National Riding School since 1986 and in 2001 he became the national dressage coach first for the Junior and later the Young Riders. His responsibilities also include training the auction horses for the Hanoverian Verband and heading the licensing commission.

    In this podcast we chat about why Hans Heinrich’s focus has mainly been on young horses and young riders. We discuss the super young Germans…why are they so good? The importance of the support of families. Taking the time to learn the ropes. Rider fitness and the extra work needed these days including new technology and a different approach to training. How tough the top sport is today. Concentration and helping the rider mentally. Preparing a horse mentally for a show. Finding the best way for each horse. The dedication needed. The importance of a good groom! Hans Heinrich gives an insight to Sönke Rothenberger and his superstar Cosmo and what’s really needed to manage such a horse. The difference between riding horses and wanting to be a winner. Why riding is so good for young people.

    • 34 Min.
    Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen: Concentration and Discipline

    Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen: Concentration and Discipline

    Hans Heinrich is a household name in Germany when it comes to the training of young riders and young horses. If you go to any of warmup arena at the big shows like the Bundeschampionate, Hans Heinrich is everywhere, warming up and preparing many combinations.

    The German has been the director of the Hoya National Riding School since 1986 and in 2001 he became the national dressage coach first for the Junior and later the Young Riders. His responsibilities also include training the auction horses for the Hanoverian Verband and heading the licensing commission.

    In this podcast, Hans Heinrich talks about the improvement in rider fitness over recent years and the importance of concentration and patience for the rider. The importance of downtime and the reason it’s necessary for the concentrated work needed to coach well. The problem of not training a horse from the lower levels up. Being self motivated and knowing what your dream really is. And….do the basics ever change?

    • 19 Min.
    Ingrid Klimke: Eventing legend

    Ingrid Klimke: Eventing legend

    So, I wasn’t 100% sure to put this one up as a podcast or not because the quality isn’t great. It was done on Skype, which is not my favourite form of interviewing. I’d rather do it face to face, but it is Ingrid..one of the greatest equestrians ever!! I was in Sydney and Ingrid was loading horses and driving her truck in Germany, so in that sense, modern technology is awesome. And Ingrid is absolutely worth listening to. She always has so many positive and motivating things to say. This might not be a podcast for the car. You might need to take a little 20 minute break with a cup of tea or coffee, but it’s very well worth it.

    I spoke to Ingrid just after her 2019 European eventing individual and team gold in Luhmühlen. Ingrid talks about competing as an older athlete, Bobby and how he’s changed over the years, what he’s like cross country and his one times changes! How to build trust and a good partnership with your horse. How her training varies between her eventers and dressage horses. Franziskus and his big personality. Advice for young riders. Her famous helmet cam. The importance of fairness to the horse. AND having a balanced life and an open mind! She’s just awesome!

    • 29 Min.
    Judy Reynolds: Irish dressage superstar

    Judy Reynolds: Irish dressage superstar

    Judy Reynolds is a German based, Irish Olympic dressage rider. She’s really been a quiet achiever, creeping up the world rankings and winning top level shows. Success was put on hold a few years ago when her star gelding Vancouver K sustained an injury, but they’re back better than ever. At the Europeans last year, the pair scored personal bests and helped Ireland qualify the first dressage team ever for an Olympic Games.

    In this interview, Judy talks about how the Irish won their Olympic spot, her superstar Vancouver, what he’s like at 17 years of age and how he came back from injury. Daily management of the horses as well as the daily training. How she got into dressage in the first place and her rude awakening in Germany. Teaching riders…including a few pretty well known jumpers and how she enjoys the crazy horses.

    Judy goes into detail on how she transforms the “problem” horses that come to her and her aim that anyone can ride her horses once she’s trained them and the importance of really knowing the horses. What’s it like warming up with Isabell, she tells us her show routine and her plan towards Tokyo. Judy explains how “normal” people can make it in the sport but why it’s important to be on the continent. And how did Vancouver get his nickname, JP?

    • 29 Min.

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