Lientje Schueler Held Clinic at HFD!

Lientje Schüler Regalo IMG 7811On March 3rd and 4th of 2019 we were honored to host a clinic with Lientje Schueler at HFD. Schueler is a US National Young Horse Champion and CDI Grand Prix Rider.

2019 will be an exciting year ahead, as Lientje will train and compete in Europe! She relocated to her home country of Germany after being based in the United States at Olympian, Steffen Peter’s barn for 11 years, as assistant trainer, and later on running her own business alongside Steffen and Shannon.

While a part of Team Peters, Lientje won the title of US National Young Horse Champion, was in the top 3 at National Young Horse Championships on two other accounts, and won numerous Prix St George and I-1 tests on different horses. She has Open Grand Prix wins with scores  as high as 73% to her achievements, and in the Grand Prix CDI ring a highlight was a second place finish in the 2014 Grand Prix Special at the San Juan Capistrano International, CA. 

 At age 9 Lientje already had a curiosity about climbing on all of her friends' ponies just to find out what she could do up there, to make those ponies go a little bit better. Lientje says: "It clearly didn't occur to me then, that I myself hadn't received any riding lessons yet. There just was an innate desire to climb on a horse and figure it out." 

 Lientje started begging her mom to take her to riding lessons and pretty quickly thereafter she competed in show jumping, three-day Eventing, and Dressage on whatever horses or ponies she could get her hands on. Now in Germany, Lientje’s main focus are a few select training horses as well as some sales horses. For the coming year she is excited to develop her 11year old “BonBon,”(Don Frederico x Hohenstein) further towards the Grand Prix and bring some youngsters along as well. 

On her training Philosophy Lientje says :

"It is my goal to continuously improve my skill set, so that my horses have a chance to better understand me. For me to better understand my horses, I must always work on further heightening my intuitive senses."

 "Any good competitive rider should be able to keep their horse's natural instincts alive. After all, we have a classical training system that allows us to gymnastisize our horses in a way that they can carry us as riders, while doing what they already do best out there in nature,  as curious, proud, and athletic animals! Those three traits are harder to maintain in a horse than one often thinks"

 "It's important to cultivate a correct seat and aids, as they are meant to help our horses become athletes, that can perform their natural abilities. Being able to truly help the horse do so, rather than interfere with it, takes a life time of practice. Half of our job is to get out of their way."