Alamo, CA – Dressage Training Online kicked off their new “Learn at Lunch” series during The Dressage Affaire in Del Mar, California, giving dressage enthusiasts a chance to watch, listen and learn from FEI O Judge Axel Steiner. The “Learn at Lunch” series, which features a respected judge giving a short training session to a rider from a judge’s perspective, allows riders the chance to compete at a show while also fitting in an educational experience. Photos: FEI O Judge Axel Steiner (left) and Dressage Training Online Founder, Reisa Bonetti, kicked off the inaugural "Learn at Lunch" educational series at the recent Dressage Affair in Del Mar, California. (Photo courtesy of JRPR, Inc.)
Reisa Bonetti, founder of Dressage Training Online, said the reaction to the inaugural event was “absolutely positive” and it strengthened her belief that this type of educational experience is important for competitive riders. “During the session, we had the rider and Axel on an audio setup while the attendees listened through headsets. The rider rode the test and repeated movements with Axel’s feedback,” Bonetti said, adding that the repeated movements always contained improved results. “This type of learning is really important for competitive riders as the judge’s view is critical. What they see is what is tallied. This type of learning provides you with a comparative barometer of how well you and your horse are going.”
For dressage riders who missed the “Learn at Lunch” event, it will be available for viewing on DressageTrainingOnline.com in April. Bonetti believes dressage enthusiasts of all levels will benefit from Steiner. “Axel is so wonderful to work with and very much on board with thinking outside of the box regarding providing education to those who are hungry enough to ask for it,” Bonetti said. “He was extremely supportive and quite keen on repeating the program in different venues around the world.”
Bonetti said she decided to hold the “Learn at Lunch” series because she is always thinking of ways to increase educational opportunities for dressage riders. “Because this sport is my own personal passion, as an amateur I am constantly thinking about knowledge and improvement to achieve my own goals,” she said, adding that was one of the reasons she founded the Dressage Training Online website.
Bonetti is pleased that more and more riders are turning to the innovative website for their dressage training needs. The website has revolutionized the dressage world by giving riders the chance to learn from some of the worlds' top trainers and judges and is additionally furthering the FEI's desire for more transparency in judging. “It’s a great way for dressage riders to be present and learn, even if they aren’t able to personally train with them, or attend a clinic or show,” Bonetti said.
DressageTrainingOnline.com has several top name trainers and judges for viewing on the website, including Jean Bemelmans-GER, Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg-AUT, Hilda Gurney-USA, Courtney King-Dye-USA, Jan Brink-SWE, Henk Van Bergen-NED, Axel Steiner-USA and Uwe Mechlem-GER. Bonetti invites dressage riders, trainers, judges and dressage enthusiasts, both amateurs and professionals, to check out the site at www.dressagetrainingonline.com.