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Cappeln: IDTC Meeting
Monday 15. October 2018
For the annual meeting of the IDTC (International Dressage Trainers Club) the organizers Linda Keenan and David Hunt invited everyone for October 9th and 10th to the stud Vorwerk of the Family Max-Theurer in Cappeln.

More than 100 international trainers were able to experience fascinating presentations and demonstrations.

Johann Hinnemann and the licensing commissioners Heike Kemmer (Hanover) and Marian Dorresteijn (KWPN) illustrated the development of the sport horse breeding in the last 20 years with six different horses, of all ages, ridden by Stefanie Wolf and Annika Rühl.

The presentation by FEI veterinarian Dr. Rachel Murray about current research results about bits and bridles and their effects on the health and well-being of the horses in all divisions of the equine sport, caused a lively discussion. Afterwards the editor-in-chief of the magazine St.Georg, Jan Tönjes, provided an active discussion about “Equestrianism and Media”.

On the second day of the seminar the German Pony-national coach Conny Endres with the help of two of herstudents, Antonia Busch-Kuffner and Shona Benner, demonstrated how important groundwork is for all classes of dressage.

The seasoned 5* judge Katrina Wüst introduced the newly developed system of “paperless judging” and gave a short review of the passed World Equestrian Games in Tyron/USA.

The highlight of this event was provided by Isabell Werth. Just recently awarded with two World Championship gold medals she now demonstrated in the role of a trainer her impressing training principles. Eight different horses owned by the stud Vorwerk were presented to the audience. Every unit was customized to the individual needs and stage of training of the respective rider-horse pair. With the three-year.old stallion Fürst Schwarzenberg who presented himself very calm and trusting under his rider the young horse specialist Heinrich Richter Isabell Werth showed the audience how important a good early training is for high quality young horses is. The trainers Ivonne Kläne and Melanie Tewes were able to take some valuable tips and tricks home for their further work and were happy about the progress of their four-legged partners. The Federal Champion finalist Caracciola MT was introduced to lateral movements, the winner of the sport test, Duracao, was able to present flying changes reliably.
The World Championship finalist of the young dressage horses, Valparaiso, and the daughter of the house, Victoria Max-Theurer, presented how a young horse can be introduced to the highest dressage movements without stress. The seven-year-old shined in the first attempts of piaffe and passage and was able to show confident series of flying changes and pirouettes under the instructions from Isabell Werth.

In their closing words David Hunt and Linda Keenan thanked the family Max-Theurer for their hospitality. The speakers and guests praised the team’s organization. “Stud Vorwerk provided the perfect setting, we felt very comfortable here.” The host wished for more in-depth conversations between trainers, riders, judges and veterinarians in her closing speech as well as “always for the well-being of our beloved horses and our wonderful sport. With this in mind we need to become one big family.”

[Translate to English:] IDTC Meeting in Cappeln. Fotos: Becker

Jo Hinnemann, Heike Kemmer, Marian Dorresteijn; Linda Keenan und Dvid Hut (v.l.)

Dr. Rachel Murray

Jan Tönjes

Sissy Max-Theurer und David Hunt

Richard Davison, Conny Endres und David Hunt (v.l.)

David Hunt, Katrina Wüst, Ricard Davison (v.l.)

Fürst Schwarzenberg mit Heinrich Richter

Dovizioso MT mit Melanie Tewes und Isabell Werth

Zeffirelli MT mit Yvonne Kläne und Isabell Werth

Valparaiso mit Victoria Max-Theurer und Isabell Werth

Sissy Max-Theurer, Isabell Werth und David Hunt (v.l.)