V. Asian Martial Arts and Indoor Games in September 2017: It was the highlight of my 2 years training in Turkmenistan. 

News: German trainer minds her language to send Turkmen over the jumps, 18 September 15:01 Equestrian Jumping, Turkmenistan  

Katharina JAKOB (GER) admits teaching Turkmen the skills of Equestrian Jumping has not been the only barrier she has had to clear in her time in Turkmenistan.For the past few years, the professional rider from Germany has been working to develop the sport of Equestrian Jumping in the build-up to the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Training local riders to jump their horses over fences in a country where the main sport is racing horses on the flat was one thing, getting over the language barrier another. JAKOB is confident all the hard work will reap rewards on 21 and 23 September when some of the world’s best jumpers compete at the spectacular Equestrian Centre in Ashgabat."It’s been a great experience and I really like the work over here," said JAKOB, who has been coming to Turkmenistan since 2010, prompted by her love of the native Akhal-Teke horse, which she breeds back home in Europe. "The people are very friendly and extremely open. That’s different to Germany, where people are a bit more dogmatic. What you teach, they will do. "We had some language problems in the beginning as the show jumping terminology in English is more than in Russian and the Russian terminology is more than in Turkmen. It cost half a year to determine what is what.  "Sometimes now we use English or German words and the riders learn them as we have no word in Turkmen. Of course, why would they need a show-jumping term when they are riding in the mountains." The riders from Turkmenistan will compete on the Akhal-Teke horses as well as the bigger warm-bloods, which have been brought in from Europe for the competition. JAKOB added: "I’ve built up a riding school here for the past two years now to bring the European or English riding style to the Turkmen. "That’s the goal, to bring up the riders to a high level, and I was surprised as a lot of them have caught up very well and quickly.  "It’s a big job to learn in a short time and it’s completely different as some of our horses have come from the race track. The horse itself also has to learn the switch from the race track to show jumping. "For the Games, the riders are a bit nervous. I’d say in the Akhal-Teke Cup they have got a normal, realistic chance of good results. "The other competition with the warm-blood horses, they are not so familiar with, having ridden the horses for only three weeks, so I hope they can deal with everything here. But I am very optimistic.”

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About my clinics:

I offer my clinics and training concept whole over the world to every body how is interested in understanding and implementing the ideas of modern and healthy style of riding in dressage and show jumping.

In the clinics are theoretical parts as well as the practical lessons. It depends on what you want and which riders/horses there are. It is a whole concept of working in hand, biomechanics, seat exercises and individual training exercises for the horse. In show jumping I work in groups with max. 5 riders. In dressage I train in  single lessons - one by one.

The goal is to get a correctly trained, well balanced and motivated horse and a rider with a balanced smooth seat and a open mind for learn the correct aids to get a longterm partnership in equestrian sports.


Something general about clinics:

Clinics and lessons are extremely beneficial to a horse and rider's education, but they are different in several ways. A clinic is typically over 2-4 days long and full of education. In a clinic, you not only get your lessons, but you get all of the other riders' lessons as well. Another great benefit of a clinic is the opportunity to watch how the clinician works with various types of riders and horses. You will constantly be learning by watching everyone. These visual examples are priceless. 


A clinic can be challenging for some, because there is an audience. You are out there being an example, what to do or not to do. But so is everyone else. Along with the spectators it becomes like a show feeling. This to me is excellent preparation for showing. A clinic is the ideal situation for that. Riders and horses will experience and deal with nerves and focus in a competition like situation. 


During a clinic, there is lots of educational information being given in a short period of time. The riders and auditors need to be as open minded as possible to get the most out of it. Asking questions and taking notes is helpful. After the clinic, the riders and their trainers can put this new information into their lessons at home. The exercises can be ridden over and over at home until they are understood and perfected. 


Clinics can also be great markers for improvement. I enjoy seeing riders and horses return constantly at clinics and seeing how they've improved. Over the years, it is very rewarding to really observe this. For many riders this can be a goal to work for or a marker. They can feel and see the progress they and their horses have made over a few years and clinics. It is a remarkably gratifying feeling!


Master class clinics: Clinics for trainers and teachers are wonderful to get inspiration for their teaching. Often you find new ways or words to teach what you've been teaching. It can be refreshing. You may find a totally new way to solve a problem.

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