My first horse was my beloved pony mare Viona. I was 13 years old and
had already been looking after her for two years when her owner suddenly
decided to sell her. I worked and saved money until I was finally able
to buy her back. My mother didn’t know about that, and I’m
still very grateful to her that she allowed me to keep the pony when
she found out about it.
Ten years ago I still used to only trail ride. I was inspired
to move from cross country riding to riding as an art when I
met the instructor Bent Branderup in 1996. I had always been
interested in art but he made me understand for the first time
how riding and art can merge in harmony and how the art of a
historical epoch is still being taught and practiced today.
I immediately became Bent’s student and later his co-trainer.
We worked together for four years at Hof Hellerholz where I used
to be responsible for training and education. I worked with all
kinds of horse breeds, including Holsteins and Friesians as well
as Icelandic and other ponies. Especially the Knabstrup stallion
Hugin used to be a particular delight, since I had never ridden
a blind horse before and was able to gain a lot of experience
and joy from this gentleman.
Since 2004 I work as an instructor for riders and horses in
Tangstedt in the north of Hamburg. This is also where I live
with my family.