Dressage Olympian Dorothee Schneider Inspire American Youth
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Dressage4Kids hosted a Youth Meet and Greet with Olympian Dorothee Schneider (GER) during the NEDA Fall Symposium which Schneider headlined. Olympian Lendon Gray moderated the questions for the group.
Schneider's love of horses and love of the sport was readily apparent. When asked about her horses, her face lit up with joy. Schneider emphasized the importance of working with your horses (not against them), and helping them by showing them the correct way.
Schneider was quick to point out that when our horses aren't going as well as we would want them to, we should first look at ourselves - are we sitting properly? Are we focused or are our minds elsewhere? Are we giving the horse clear aids or are we giving the horse contradictory information? She urged riders to be introspective and to improve themselves. "If you improve yourself, you automatically improve your horse," she commented.
In keeping with her theme of happy horses and clear communication, she reiterated, "Always give positive feedback. Your horse should feel proud, and when he is happy and proud you will have really special moments together."
We wish Dorothee and all of you many special moments together with your horses!