Tanja is an equine scientist (Master of Science [distinction], University of Edinburgh) and a licensed and certified classical German dressage competition coach (level 2), trainer and rider. She specialises in classical dressage training, including in-hand work, groundwork, liberty, clicker and trick training, and can teach you and your horse the basics up to the more advanced high school movements.
Being an equine/equitation scientist, Tanja has extensive knowledge of equine behaviour and learning, physiology and biomechanics. She can help you form a better connection with your horse by teaching you how to correctly apply equine learning theory in your daily interactions with your horse (learn more about the importance of learning theory in horse training). With her scientific and hands-on knowledge of equine behaviour and learning theory, Tanja can help you retrain "problem" horses by turning "bad" into "good" behaviours. Her client-portfolio includes professional trainers, equestrian athletes, leisure riders, riders with special needs, children and seniors.
Horse and rider are trained following a mixture of selected classical principles based on the training approaches of Baucher, Gueriniere, Decarpentry, and the classical Portuguese system as applied by Nuno Oliveira in combination with evidence-based equitation (including learning theory) and a solid understanding of horse-rider biomechanics. Each horse is seen as an individual with specific training needs. Being an academic member of the International Society for Equitation Science, Tanja adheres to the society's scientific training principles developed by a range of well-known and reputable international equitation science and welfare experts.
Improving horse welfare through educating riders and trainers about the correct application of equine learning theory and classical training principles is Tanja’s main aim. Each rider and horse owner can learn to correctly train and handle horses without compromising rider safety and horse welfare. The basic principles of equine learning theory are very simple to understand and apply, and do not require previous experience in animal training. Contact us today to start this enlightening journey.
Since early childhood, Tanja has been involved with horses. As a teen, she successfully competed on her own and friends' horses in dressage, show jumping and breeders' cups in Germany. Tanja
completed the army officer training and examinations and graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Social Work and Management (distinction). After that, Tanja moved to
Dubai, where she continued her academic education with a Master of Science in Quality Management (distinction). After graduation, she decided to take the horse riding instructor courses and
examinations level 1 and 2 in Germany and resumed teaching activities at various stables in Dubai, where she also competed her own young mare in dressage, show jumping, and eventing, earning a
UAE national championships title in dressage. Tanja trained and participated in clinics with international riders and olympic gold medalists, such as Matt Ryan (eventing), Boris Boor (show
jumping), Nereide Goodman (dressage), Alan Fazakerley (show jumping), German diplom horse riding instructor Dieter Vogel (dressage and show jumping). On an academic level, Tanja continued her
studies at the University of Edinburgh (UK), earning a Master of Science degree in Equine Science (distinction). For her thesis, she conducted research into riders' perception, understanding, and
theoretical application of learning theory, and presented the findings at the 12th International Equitation Science conference at the French National Riding School in Saumur and at the University of Guelph's second equine research day. After relocating to Canada,
Tanja worked for Equine Guelph as education safety ambassador and taught riding lessons at various
barns in Southern Ontario, including the Equestrian Association for the Disabled. An advocate of classical
training principles, Tanja got in touch with Portuguese riding master Frank Grelo, who is still her mentor today and who helped her to refine her skills in training horses classically up to the high school movements.
Located in North Glengarry, Ontario, we also serve clients beyond this area. Contact us for rates and availability.