Gait Ways LLC
At the age of four I was sitting for the first time on a horse - and never gave up riding since.
Horses became the passion of my life.
I started riding in Germany on warm-bloods in mostly dressage and some jumping. In 1988 I passed my first riding instructor test with the German Equestrian Federation. The instructor was Egon von Neindorff and the focus was on groundwork such as lunging, dressage, jumping and instruction.
Shortly after that I was introduced to gaited horses - Icelandics and Mangalarga Marchadores, and was fascinated! A fourth and sometimes even a fifth gait - oh my! I kept on working with gaited breeds, mainly Icelandics, Mangalarga Marchadores, Aegidienberger and Peruvian Pasos. Here in the US I have been working also with Tennessee Walking Horses, Mountain Pleasure Horses and Missouri Foxtrotters.
In 2001 I got certified by the German Icelandic Horse Association (IPZV) as a Trainer B. Over the years I always was and still am working on improving my knowledge and learning better ways to teach, train and assist people on their journey with horses.
I worked and/or took lessons/clinics with Egon von Neindorff, Bent Branderup, Andrea Jänisch, Walter Feldmann, Nicole Kempff, Eckhard Meyners, Silke Feuchthofen, Elisabeth Berger, Styrmir Arnason, Jens Füchtenschnieder, Heiner Nordberg, Honza Bláha, Gudmar Petursson and Ryan Prince.
In 2004 I obtained my certification as "Horse Assisted Educator / HorseDream Concept" with Horse Dream®. The focus was on Equine Assisted Professional Development.
Besides my fascination and work with horses I attended "Hochschule für Medien" College in Stuttgart Germany and graduated 1994 with a Bachelor in Business Management and Engineering. I worked for nearly 15 years in the corporate world in management positions in Sales and Customer Service departments with companies like Addison Wesley Longman and The German Postal Service (Deutsche Post AG).
In 2007 my dream to live and work in the United States came true - I moved here and was working in a trainee program with Winterhorse Park Icelandic Horse Farm in Eagle, WI. I fell completely in love with the country and ... my husband. We got married March 2009 and I will stay for good. In early 2009 I founded my own business as a traveling horse trainer. Since then I have been traveling all over the US to do clinics, lessons and training.
Since 2010 I have been teaching German at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI.
I have been studying Natural horsemanship since 2004 as well as energy healing techniques and animal communication. In July 2017 I obtained my certification as EAGALA Equine Specialist and started to work with Creating Pathways Farms, facilitating Equine Assisted Personal Development and Therapy sessions.
My focus is on teaching horses how to build partnerships to humans as well as assisting my clients on their journey with horses. I believe that horses can teach us a lot, if we are open to listen to them.