03.03.2012 | Alter: 12

Wolfram Wittig Helps Us with Training

My father has taught me for 20 years – and all my success I owe to him.

Wolfram Wittig. Foto: Becker

Before that he had taught my mother for 20 years and helped her with all her achievments. He guided my mother and me through six Olympic Games in total. This August he will turn 70 and would like to have some help with my training so that he has more time for his other interests such as collecting antiques. So we decided that it would be great if Wolfram Wittig could take over sometimes. This successful Grand Prix rider and trainer trained Isabell Werth for many years - and she is very successful, of course. He has already given me some very helpful impulses. Having been friends for such a long time, communication is very good, especially since we have the same ideas about what classic dressage should be: training a horse yourself right from the beginning, having a supple, satisfied horse that easily masters the most difficult movements thanks to careful schooling and an appropriate training plan that builds the proper muscles.  After all, you're not supposed to see how much work and strength are involved in movements such as piaffe, passage and the pirouettes. Everything is supposed to be expressive and look light and easy in the dressage ring. That was always our goal – and it's also Wolfram Wittig's goal. We are so thankful that he has the time to help me. We also share a passion for breeding. Did you know that all of the horses that he and his wife successfully trained to Grand Prix were horses they bred themselves?