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.


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