This leading para-dressage trainer focuses on what each horse needs to do his job.


Q: As a German native, you decided to emigrate to the United States in 1985. Why?

KH: I was working for the second biggest dressage barn in Germany as bereiter FN (a licensed instructor), riding and training both Grand Prix dressage horses and grand prix jumpers. A German coach told me to look at what Americans were doing in jumping. They had a lighter riding style that would be the style of the future—it was easier on the horses. So I decided to move to America to see this new style for myself and learn to incorporate it into my riding with a strong German background. At 24 years old, you have no fear. When you are training horses all day for your job, going to America is no big deal.


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