the art of riding



Your horse is your mirror


Yes, 1 am Dutch. And like many other Dutch riders I don't use the Rollkür method and 1 a.m strongly against it! 1 do not apply the Dutch school (hand = break, leg = go). And dependi ng on how you interpret Dutch style I can answer yes or no :). What I call Dutch style is working with horses with understanding, acknowledging the latest researches, simplicity, respect and lots of fun. As a trainer and teacher I find it most important that horse and rider understand each other. I always say, we can't teach a horse to talk our language. But humans can learn other languages. We have to learn the equine language before we can communicate. Clear communication is the key for good partnership. By understanding the horse's nature we can communicate in a way easy to understand by the horse. As a teacher I often call I myself a translator, not a teacher. The horse is our teacher, he teaches us how to ask the right questions. Since the riders often don't understand and misinterpret the communication of the horse I will be there as a translator to explain. A horse is like a mirror, by accepting what you see you get the key for development.


As a professional dressage rider & teacher I highly appreciate understanding, trust, respect, fun and simplicity as the main values in the training of the (dressage) horse. I school horses from starting the ridden work with the philosophy of natural horsemanship, to high level competing following the Skala der Ausbildung with the following 6 key aspects: • relaxation • rythm • contact • impulsion • straightness • collection The Netherlands is a country known for the equestrian culture, research, knowledge, breeding sports horses and the international performance of the professional riders. Over the years Simone Elzinga developed herself as a professional dressage rider and gained a lot of experience in raising young horses and managing top sport horses. Often I have been asked: “You are Dutch, so do you ride Dutch style?” “you are Dutch, so do you apply the Dutch school?” “you are Dutch, you use Rollkür right?”