Hans Biss Clinic

March 7-9, 2018

Lessons are $180 a piece.  No extra fee for cash and check payments.  If you wish to pay by credit card a credit card fee of  $9.00 per lesson will be applied.  Lessons must be scheduled online below.  Please check the box "Credit Card Fee" if you plan on paying by credit card.  Stabling is $20.00 per night.  Checks can be dropped off at Salado Creek Riding Club or mailed to 5005 Summers Mill Road, Belton, TX 76513

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Hans Biss Bio

The long and illustrious career of international trainer and judge Hans Biss of Aumuehle, Germany began with his apprenticeship under Robert Schmidtke of Dusseldorf. Schmidtke was a permanent member of the German Dressage Schooling Stable, along with the fabled Otto Loerke, General Gerhardt and Felix Buerkner. His apprenticeship successfully concluded, Hans received his Trainer's License from the German Ministry of Agriculture and the Deutsche Reitliche Vereinigung (FN-the German national federation comparable to our US Equestrian federation) at the German Riding School in Warendorf.

Hans went on to earn his Master's Degree in Riding and Training, whereupon he was selected to be a full-time trainer at the German Riding School: nearly all German Bereiter are trained and tested in order to obtain their professional licenses (and more recently, some young professionals from other countries) at the School in Warendorf. This position entailed training for all disciplines but Hans's concentration remained Dressage. During this time, Hans worked extensively with one of the "Old Masters," Heinrich Boldt, the father of many-time Olympian Harry Boldt, and a former student of Colonel von Heydebreck, compiler of the last edition of Steinbrecht's Gymnasium of the Horse. This book contains the fundamental theories of German classical dressage and is the foundation text for the official training and instruction manuals of the German FN. During this time Hans also worked with H.H. Brinkmann, one of the most distinguished jumping riders of the German cavalry and German national team.

During Hans�s time at the German Riding School, the early 1960's, the School was under the direction of General Niemark, who was also the president of the German Judges Association, a position Hans also held for many years.

Hans left Warendorf in 1964 to become Director and Head Trainer of the Bielefeld Riding Club ("Reitverein," literally "iding club," comparable to our dressage societies, sponsor the majority of riding competitions in Germany). During his time in Bielefeld, Hans trained many horses and riders to the FEI levels, and was particularly successful with his own horse Reinald, with whom he was a many-time winner and finalist in numerous major international shows, including the prestigious Hamburg Derby. Reinald was taken by the German team as a reserve horse to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, and later sold to John Winnet of England, who took him to two Olympic Games and numerous Equestrian Games and World Cups. In 1970, Hans moved with his wife Sabine, whom he met at Bielefeld, to establish his own training stable, Reitschule Sachsenwald, in Aumuehle outside Hamburg, Germany. A beautiful setting at the edge of the Bismark Forest, Hans and his clients continue to train for competitive success in an idyllic setting. Among his students have been junior and young riders (including his children, Jan and Wiebke) who won many regional and national championships, and Hans served for a time as the team coach for the Israeli Young Rider team. He has also supervised multiple apprentices in the Federal Bereiter training program who have gone on not only to competitive success, but become successful, astute trainers themselves. His son Jan, and Jan's wife Lisa (who won the National Pony Championships) have recently joined Hans and Sabine at Aumuehle.

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