June 8th and 9th, Woodlands Equestrian Club (10422 Hufsmith Road, Tomball TX) is proud to host a Dressage clinic with an outstanding Dressage figure, Yvonne Visser. Besides the clinic, Yvonne will delight us with a Lecture on “The History and Present of the P.R.E. in Dressage and its Training.”
Yvonne Visser was born in NY, USA, but moved to Spain at an early age and joined the Spanish Cavalry School in Madrid, considered one of the best in Europe. She took the first course for National Dressage Judges in 1976 and she was part of its first promotion. She then trained with top European judges such as Wolfgang Niggli, then head of the Dressage Department of the FEI, followed by Eric Lette and Mariette Whittages. In 1991, Yvonne became an International FEI Judge. Since then she has judged all top national and international Dressage competitions in Spain including the 3* CDI’s of the Sunshine Tour since its inauguration, 6 CDIO’s in Hickstead, England, Saumur, France, Asti, Italy, several top national competitions in Germany , a CDI *** in Sau Paulo, Brasil, etc. She later took the first course in Warend Germany, to specialize in the training and judging of young horses and since 2008 she has made several trip to Brazil as a clinician. She has trained with Juan Antonio Jimenez, one of the Spanish Team Members to win the Silver Medal Athens Olympics.
Her training is based on the International Training Scale for Horses: rhythm, relaxation, and contact (acceptance of the bit), impulsion, straightness and collection, which is a must for all horses no matter what discipline they want to compete in and the only way to train a horse to be supple, obedient and on the aides. This Scale has been recognized as the best training tool available to make a horse supple, on the bit, and accepting the aides willingly and without resistance.
In 2011 she retired as an FEI Judge in 2011, but she is an active Technical Delegate for Spanish Equestrian Federation. She has also been invited to join a project for training Lusitano and Spanish (P.R.E.)horses in central Europe in order to promote these breeds for International competitions. For more information on Yvonne’s Bio and registration, please visit
http://www.woodlandsequestrianclub.com/eventsCOMINGUP or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Yvonne Visser and Rosine Fraderas, courtesy of TopIberian.com