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Reiterhof, a small breeding and training facility southwest of Austin, Texas, offers classical dressage training for horses and riders from beginners through Grand Prix. We have an extensive lesson program at our facility, with limited boarding for horses in training. Richard offers regular clinics throughout the Southwest. We are specialists in helping riders find suitable horses for their needs and desires, whether our own homebred Dutch Warmbloods or through an extensive network of breeders and trainers throughout the United States and Europe.

Vienna's famed Spanish Riding School celebrates its 400th anniversary this year!

Third generation Bereiter Christian Bachinger will be teaching at Reiterhof from Thursday through Sunday, July 23-26. Reiterhof is located at 8403 Zyle Road, Austin, Texas. Riding spots are available for $200 per private lesson, and $125 for semi-private lessons (riders must pair up with a horse/rider combination at the same level or working on the same issues). Auditors are welcome ($20 per day)--please bring your own chairs. A schedule of the clinic will be posted on the "Lessons, Clinics and Training" page of this site.

In addition to the riding clinic, there will be a commented demonstration on Saturday evening, followed by a pot-luck supper. This Evening with Christian Bachinger is a USDF University accredited function. Please see below for details.

Announcing an Evening with Christian Bachinger
of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Saturday, July 25, 2015, starting at 7 p.m.
8403 Zyle Road, Austin, TX 78737

Austin Dressage Unlimited and ADU members Richard and Susan Howard of Reiterhof, are pleased to invite the greater dressage community to an evening with third generation Bereiter of Vienna's world renowned Spanish Riding School, Christian Bachinger.

In conjunction with his annual summer clinic at Reiterhof, this year from Thursday, July 23- Sunday, July 26, Mr. Bachinger will conduct a now-traditional educational seminar on Saturday evening.

This year's presentation will be a narrated demonstration of the challenges facing the horse and rider moving up from First Level to Second Level. In the continuum from Training Level to Grand Prix, there are two transitions that are qualitative rather than quantitative. Third Level is a progression from Second Level, Fourth Level from Third Level, and so on all the way to Intermediare II. The transition from Intermediare I to Intermediare II is probably less difficult than the jump from First Level to Second, but one to which most riders aspire. Success at Training and First Levels often reflects the qualitative material of the big-moving horse because the demands of the movements themselves are not particularly technical. That all changes at Second Level: horses and riders are faced with collection, medium (as opposed to lengthened) paces, lateral movements, turns on the haunches, counter canter, simple changes and true connection ("on the bit"). Training must be correct - a reflection of the centuries'-old riding tradition embodied by the Spanish Riding School.

Please join us as Mr. Bachinger works with a few horses from the clinic on the exercises that are pivotal to this important step in the education of the horse and rider.

The evening training demonstration will be followed by another tradition: a pot-luck dinner and lively discussion. All dressage enthusiasts are invited to audit this event which is approved for USDF University credit. Please bring a chair and your favorite pot-luck dish.

Date: Saturday July 25, starting at 7 pm Location: Reiterhof Dressage 8403 Zyle Road, Austin, TX 78737 Cost: ADU members: $15 Non-ADU members: $20 (+ an additional $5 if you would like to receive USDF-University credit). Attendees may register at the door, and will be asked to sign both USDF and Reiterhof waivers of liability.

If you are interested in riding with Mr. Bachinger, please contact Susan Howard at (512) 423-4424. Auditors are most welcome, please bring a chair and a $20 auditing fee. Rides scheduled from 7:30 am, a schedule will be available on this website the week of the clinic.
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