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Part 3: Competitive Success
For many riders, the climax to the joy of riding is to begin competing. Successful grand prix rider Uta Gräf gives insights into her methods for preparing and beginning to compete built on training which respects the horse and its natural living conditions. Highlight: Uta Gräf’s floodlit Grand Prix Kür with Le Noir.
- Training towards competition
- At the competition
- Before the test
- Warming up
- The test
- Dressage riding for joy
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.