I grew up on a farm in Slovakia. There, I made my first attempts at riding on the back of a goat! It was in the School for Horse Management in Šaľa, where I went through a tough learning curve: breaking in young horses was part of the daily routine and, if you wanted to succeed, you needed to lose your fear of falling off. I never had that fear anyway. Instead, I discovered my passion for working with young horses and this eventually became my profession.
This unconventional initiation into horse riding forced me to develop my own technique early on. Initially, it meant "simply getting on the horse and doing it", which proved to be successful. A world champion in Icelandic horse riding once called me an "instinctive rider" and I think this still holds true. Nevertheless, since then I have substantially fine-tuned my technique and learned to be calmer and more patient, and I've been coached by some very good trainers. However, my instinct remains my main asset. This is, after all, how I grew together with my absolute soul-horse, For President.
Out of love for horses
Although the horses work a lot, they still enjoy pleasant training with many breaks and lots of variety. I take them on the gallop track and we go on hacks through forest and splashing through streams. Friendly horsemanship and cavaletti are also part of the variety. My horse has to enjoy doing the work, then I know I have done things right. Success at tournaments is a beautiful thing and I constantly work towards that. But in the end, the health of my horses is the most important thing for me. As with all my horses, I want that "Presi" will continue to be healthy and fit when his career comes to an end.