The Heldenberg Training Center Fund
In Memory of E.L. Dreitzler
The Heldenberg Training Center Fund was established by Ralph and Freddie Dreitzler and their family, with personal donations from friends, family, and colleagues.
Grants may be used for theoretical study and/or training with an owned, leased, or borrowed horse (horses will not be available through the Spanish Riding School/Heldenberg Training Center). Initial grants will cover the tuition costs of attending the Spanish Riding School’s Training Center in Heldenberg. As the grant fund grows, future grants may also cover all or a portion of the transportation, lodging and related expenses for up to two months of training.
Starting in the spring of 2013, the Heldenberg Training Center will open its doors to international students. The new educational program will include:
- One-, three-, or five-day theory seminars
- Riding lessons for upper-level riders with their own horses, focusing on the collected movements such as Two-Track-Work, Pirouettes, Tempi-Changes, Piaffe and Passage
- Learning to work with long reins and the airs above the ground
- Seminars for dressage judges
- Seminars with international experts
- Seminars for the further training for professional riders and trainers
- An educational program for grooms
Organizers expect that riders will bring their own horses, but leasing horses from local stables may be an option for those unable to bring their own horses.
The costs for theory seminars vary depending on the exact program, but the prices for riding lessons with a rider’s own horse are fixed: individual 45-minute lessons will cost 250 euro; 60-minute group lessons of no more than three riders will cost 150 euro per rider. Board for one’s horse at Heldenberg will be 50 euro per day, including all services (for stay of less than two months).
Training of horse and rider at the Heldenberg Training Center for a minimum of two months permanent stay or longer (including riding and livery) will cost 2,600 euros per month. That fee includes a daily 45-minute lesson, six per week, usually Monday to Saturday (except religious or public holidays).
To apply, follow the link in the right-hand sidebar to the application form. Submit a completed application packet and DVD to The Dressage Foundation by July 1st to be considered for a grant. Grant recipients will have two years from the date of notification in which to use the funds.
A separate application to the Spanish Riding School for training at the Heldenberg Training Center will be necessary. Grant recipients will not receive funding until proof of acceptance is provided to The Dressage Foundation.
For more information about the Spanish Riding School's Training Center in Heldenberg, including course descriptions, information on lodging and transportation, pricing, and the SRS application, click here.
The Heldenberg Fund Application is currently being updated and will be available by January 2014.