Eicke von Veltheim – German Master Trainer

Eicke von Veltheim was born 1932 in Leipzig, Germany. After graduating as a certified agriculturist, he studied from 1952 to 1955 at the famous Reit- und Fahrschule (riding and driving school) in Munster under Director Major Paul Stecken, where he had basic training in dressage, jumping, combined training and driving.

Eicke riding Grundstein

Eicke riding Grundstein

Mr. von Veltheim was appointed to the German Olympic Equestrian Center in Warendorf from 1955 to 1965. He studied with Reitmeister Albert Rother, Otto Lörke, General Horst Niemack, General Wilhelm Viebig, Colonel Felix Börkner, Reitmeister Willi Schultheis and Reitmeister Walter Gunther. He has trained horses owned by the German Equestrian Federation in Warendorf for Dr. Gustav Rau (President of the G.E.F.) and his wife, Hertha.

Mr. von Veltheim was very successful in national and international CDI, CDIO and CHIO dressage competitions. He was awarded the German National Gold Medal for Dressage, the German National Silver Medal for Driving and the Silver Medal at the 1958 World Championships for Driving.

In his career, he has personally trained more than 42 Grand Prix horses and more than 60 Prix St. George and Intermediare horses.

In 1977, Mr. von Veltheim moved with his family to the United States where he is recognized as a leading dressage trainer of the classical German system of dressage from Training Level thu Grand Prix. His ability to correct training problems stems from his devotion to classical dressage concepts. He also specializes in teaching piaffe and collected work using and in-hand methods. His philosophy is to teach the riders to train their own horses independently.

In January 2004, Mr. von Veltheim moved back to Germany and will continue his work in the U.S.

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