... for the rider
Holger Hetzel’s Training Centre is perfect for short or long-term training. Many international riders trust Holger Hetzel to help them improve their performance. They know they can depend on Holger’s entire team, and on their horses receiving the best possible care and training.
All these requirements are met by Holger Hetzel’s very successful coaching team. Alongside Holger himself, who contributes his many years of experience and vast expertise, the team includes Tobias Thoenes and Christine Dorenkamp, both of whom are experienced show jumpers. The Hetzel team is fully committed to its coaching philosophy and to classical equitation.
They are often supported by dressage trainers Johann Hinnemann and Stefanie Wolf, as well as Chief Ecuyer Karl-Heinz Streng.
In a nutshell, what Holger Hetzel and his team do is to create a well-thought-out training and competition schedule and then systematically implement them.
Talented and ambitious riders are always welcome.
... over the past year include the following medal winners
From 1.10m classes to European Championships in just four months.
Thirteen year old Ingemar and his pony Ocean des As competed at their first international competition in April 2016. Just four months later they won the gold medal at the Scandinavian Championships and a team gold medal for Sweden at the FEI European Championships for Ponies.
When Ingemar arrived in Goch with his parents, he’d only ever jumped in regional 1.10 m classes. Holger and his team soon realised that this talented young rider and his experienced pony were capable of much bigger things. After competing very successfully in their first international competition, the Hetzel team put together a training and competition schedule and it wasn't long before they’d caught the Swedish national trainer’s eye.
After that, new goals were defined and other national and international championships were considered. Christine Dorenkamp, who also rode in the FEI European Championships for Ponies when she was younger, was assigned to be Ingemar’s mentor.
In June Ingemar won gold at the Scandinavian Championships in Finland. Then he joined the national squad and was nominated for the FEI European Championships for Ponies.
While Ingemar was back at school in Sweden, his pony Ocean des As was trained to perfection by Holger Hetzel’s team for the Europeans. Ocean des As travelled with his groom to Denmark, who also took care of him at the showground until Ingemar arrived with his parents when school was out. Christine Dorenkamp flew to Vilhelmsborg to coach Ingemar, who completed several clear rounds despite the difficult courses and helped his team to win the silver medal. “This kind of an all-in service only works because our team is so well organised. Our riders train the pony in the week, our grooms look after it and transport it to shows, and then we travel to the show to coach the rider. There are also other important cogs in the machine, such as the blacksmith, vet and physiotherapist.
Goal defined. Goal achieved. Thanks to HH and his team.
When the Assenmacher family bought X-Faktor at the 2014 auction, Holger Hetzel and Tobias Thoenes teamed up with Joanna Assenmacher and her family in early 2016 to plan the season with the Rhenish Championships for Young Riders as their ultimate aim. Every training session and every show with X-Factor was geared to that objective, so the plan included a lot of international competitions. Tobias Thoenes accompanied Joanna to many of the shows to boost her confidence and get her ready for the championships. Both the rider and her horse were perfectly prepared, and they took home the gold medal from the Rhenish Championships 2016.
It was an unexpected result for outsiders, but for the trainer and his pupil it simply meant they’d achieved their aim for the season. An additional bonus was that Joanna and her young stallion were subsequently nominated for the German Junior Championships, where they performed exceptionally well again.
16 year old Laura Hetzel is the perfect student. Obviously, she has excellent training facilities at home, but she wouldn't be the rider she is without hard work, talent, a positive attitude and her love of horses. After many placings in 1.45m classes at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Laura and Quanita returned home to win gold at the Rhenish Championships for Junior Riders in 2016. At the European Youngster Cup in Donaueschingen (CSI-U25) she came third in the 1.45m final. She’s achieved all her objectives and performed consistently at all the several-day competitions as well as the championships. Laura's also got amazing style and grace in the saddle. If all her classes were graded on that she’d get top scores every time.