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 in memory of E.L. Dreitzler. The family worked with Andreas Hausberger, Chief Rider at the Spanish Riding School and Director of the Training Center in Heldenberg, to establish this opportunity for North American, non-professional riders to participate in educational sessions at the Heldenberg Center.
In the spring of 2013, the Heldenberg Training Center opened its doors to international students. The new educational program includes:
- 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
Initial grants will be available to attend the theoretical courses at the Spanish Riding School's Training Center in Heldenberg, so please present your application accordingly. As the fund grows, future 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). Additionally, future grants may also cover all or a portion of the transportation, lodging and related expenses for up to two months of training.
The costs for theory seminars vary depending on the exact program, so please visit the SRS Website for current information.
To apply, follow the link in the right-hand sidebar to the application form. Your completed application packet must be received by 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.