My training is based on the traditional german riding and training system (training scale) with a modern, confidence-building approach. By riding and working with some of the best trainers in Germany and staying up-to-date with the latest findings of sports psychology (positive enforcement for horses and riders, creating "images" for riders to understand the goal of the exercise, etc.), I have developed a highly-effective training program for both riders and horses.

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My goal is to make my students successful in the show ring but also help them to truly understand their horse's mind and body. Top performance is only possible with a perfect harmony between horse and rider. Good Horsemanship is an important piece of my approach to achieving this harmony.

I work individually with each horse and rider to build the fitness and skill set that is necessary to keep horses sound and successful throughout their career.

–Niko von Gumppenberg