Global Dressage forum


The Global Dressage Forum (GDF) will start a new formula in 2018. It will be an internal seminar for stakeholders, clubs, organisations and committed individuals in the dressage world during CHIO Aachen. FEI and CHIO Aachen are supporting the organisation. Participants will be invited by the Global Dressage Foundation. The theme of the GDF will be: ‘improving the communication between the stakeholders in dressage with the goal to improve and promote dressage together in a better way’.

More information coming soon!

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Update program GDF 2016

Monday, 10. October 2016

• General Assembly IDTC (members only)

• Opening by HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark

• Introduction by Kai Vorberg (Vaulting World Champion) & Richard Davison (Olympian & European medallist)

• FEI Developments

    presented by Bettina de Rham (FEI Director of Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Reining &  Vaulting)

Dressage & Media – a key to finance our Sport?  

   A controversial discussion with top speakers

Prof. Dr. Martin H. Richenhagen (AGCO Cooperation, FENDT), Prof. Edwin Kohl (Gestüt Peterhof), Welf Konieczny (Editor „Sportschau“, WDR German TV),, Evi Simeoni (Sports Journalist at “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”),  Ingrid Klimke (European, World & Olympic Champion in Eventing), Emile Faurie (represented Great Britain at European Championships, World Equestrian Games & Olympic Games) 

Alternative training of a sporthorse by Franke Sloothaak (former World- & Olympic Champion in show jumping   for example Double Lunge

• Break

The Olympic future of dressage sport – training from Children up to U25

presented by young dressage champions like Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel (GER, Pony European Team, Individual & Freestyle Champion 2016), Ekaterina Aristova (RUS, Children European Team Champion 2016), Lina Uzunhasan (Junior 5th at the European Dressage Championships 2016), Jeanine Nieuwenhuis (NED, Young Rider European Team Silver medallist and Individual & Freestyle Champion 2016) & Diana Porsche (AUT, U25 European Freestyle Bronze medallist 2016)

     with commentary by Katrina Wüst (FEI 5* Judge, member of the Program – Committee of the Global Dressage Forum)

    “From leading class up to Grand Prix” by Dr. Sven Rothenberger (former Team member at Olympic Games, European and National Championships, father of three successful riders up to Olympic level)

• Departure Gestüt Osthoff

• Dinner

Tuesday, 11. October 2016

• Introduction Kai Vorberg & Richard Davison

Be as fit as you expect your horse to be!

Stay in shape with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (European Team Bronze medallist 2015) & Jan Peer Hagenauer (fitness trainer of Ludger Beerbaum, Hof Kasselmann riders and many more)

Résumé Olympic Games in Rio 2016

• Evaluation with David Hunt (President of the International Dressage Trainers Club & Member of the Judging Supervisory Panel) & Uwe Mechlem (FEI 5* Judge & member of the Judging Supervisory Panel and former member of the FEI Dressage Committee)

• Behind the Scenes with Judy Reynolds (Olympic Dressage rider from Ireland), Christoph Koschel (Team Bronze medallist at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky) and Klaus Roeser (German Chef d´Equipe & Organizers representative at the FEI Dressage Committee & Chairman of the German Dressage selection committee)

• Preparation on horses request – Warm up & maintaining the fitness

    with Kristina Bröring-Sprehe (FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1, Olympic Team Gold medallist and individual Bronze winner), Hubertus Schmidt (riding master, German team member at Olympic and World Equestrian Games, European and National Championships),

    Dr. Marc Koene (German team veterinarian. FEI veterinarian),  Monica Theodorescu (German  Olympic Team Coach)

• Trends

     for example “Physical Vascular Therapy” presented by Dr. Astrid Schöning (BEMER Int. AG)

• Lunch buffet

• “Berufsreiter” – a German system presented by Markus Scharmann (responsible for the educational system at the German Equestrian Federation & President of the Equestrian Educational Network)

 an interview with German professionals and career changers.

 Jean Bemelmans (France Team Trainer, riding master) Lukas Fischer (career changer with various titles at federal and national championships) & Sina Aringer (Professional rider at Hof Kasselmann)

• Focus on young horses – a guideline on training Grand Prix movements
Work in hand – First steps of Piaffe with P.S.I. horses presented by Johannes Augustin (Professional Dressage Trainer) & Andreas Senge (Professional Dressage Trainer) in memorial George Theodorescu with commentary by Ullrich Kasselmann (CEO P.S.I. GmbH & Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co. KG)

With Borja Carrascosa Martinez (Spanish Team member at Olympic and World Equestrian Games and National Championships), Jean Bemelmans (France Team Trainer, riding master) & members of the German Gold winning team of the Olympics in Rio 2016

• Dinner buffet