|“Never-ending self improvement by merging different perspectives”
Growing up with a passion
At age of 9 Elena started taking riding lessons. Learning from horse professionals in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the United States gave Elena the chance to explore diverse teaching styles and equestrian traditions.
From Dressage championships to Natural Horsemanship
At age of 12 under the guidance of an experienced horse Elena went on to winning the Italian National Dressage Championship in the year 2004. Elena continued to compete with her own horse Orianda. It was at this time that because of an injury the question came up:
“What do you do with a horse if you are not riding?”
What was previously just taking a horse from the stall to the tacking up area, became an art: building a new language to first be safe on the ground, communicating and performing together!
Becoming a trainer and teacher
Through the years Elena had the opportunity to study with some great athletes, trainers and riders to increase her knowledge and experience. Elena attended clinics with dressage masters such as Walter Zettl, Philippe Karl, dressage naturally founder Karen Rohlf, Thomas Ritter, Manolo Mendez and Italian show jumper Luca Moneta.
“Taking time to learn from the best”
Elena dedicated extensive time to learn from Parelli Natural Horsemanship instructors such as Berni Zambail (Switzerland), Angelika Schneider (Italy), Gigi Pini (Italy). In 2012 Elena completed her teaching education by spending 16 weeks at the Parelli Center in Pagosa Spring, Colorado.
Now, located at Riverland Horse Farm in Beneden-Leeuwen (Tiel) Elena teaches and trains horses at her own facility.
Besides her passion for horses, Elena also has a passion for science and human psychology. Elena works as a researcher at Utrecht University investigating how to build cooperation between different groups in society.