French visit in Warendorf

The "Equestrian Educational Network" (EEN) with eleven national riding schools from Portugal, Sweden, France, England, Norway, Ireland, Finland and Germany was founded in 1999.

On its meeting  on 9 June in Saumur, the network was officially formed as an association. The new association would like to affiliate to the "International Equestrian Federation" (FEI). The first President of the EEN is Markus Scharmann/Germany.

The 35-year-old diploma'd trainer is employed in the Department of Education of the German Equestrian Federation (FN) where he is responsible for the education of professional riders. Sophie Lemaire/France was elected Vice-President.The next meeting of the association will take place in November in Portugal, Markus Scharmann announced. The exchange of trainees and teaching staff should be intensified in future. "And we would like to organise a contest among professional riders at EU level", said the President. From Sunday to Tuesday, nine young riders and two trainers from the French national riding school in Saumur were in Warendorf to learn about the German education system for  professional riders. On the grounds of the private riding school "Hof Schulze Niehues",  they were taught  by the German champion in eventing, Andreas Ostholt, on Tuesday.The nine young riders from Saumur are at the end of their first academic year in their vocational training. "They go to school in Saumur. Two times a week plus two months in summer they have to practise in riding schools", said her trainer Sophie Lemaire.

Comparable Equestrian Training
On Monday, the French pupils first participated in a seat and posture training along the principles of Eckhart Meyners at the German Riding School. In the afternoon, they enjoyed a guided tour around the Northrhine-Westphalian Stud, the German Riding School and the city of Warendorf. Afterwards they had a lesson in theory with Markus  Scharmann on the gymnastic training of show-jumping horses.

Markus Scharmann and Monika Schröter from the German NF's Department of Education  had organised the programme for the French riders. "The exchange should be promoted, and the general standard of education in the European national horse riding schools should be comparable," said Monika Schröter about the aims of the international visits. (Manfred Mense / Regional Daily Press "Die Glocke" / 30.06.2011)