At the end of last year I discovered Doina Fischer's course with her and her horses on the beautiful Costa del Sol. Her testimony as a horse woman sounded so varied, well-founded and diverse that I immediately signed up. I enjoy work in hand and I wanted to train my eye and my ability to implement it. Her approach of 'Classical Riding Reflection' sounded very promising and, what can I say? It's been a long time since I've met such an experienced, accomplished and, moreover, warm-hearted, open and welcoming horse person. Not only did I feel very cosy and at home at her place but I really worked with her horses in the mornings and studied the theory of the old masters in the afternoons and learned a lot. Doina tirelessly answered my questions at all times of the day and night, which went far beyond the course, as I currently want to buy an Iberian horse myself.
Not only did she impart her knowledge from her infinite wealth of experience, but she also stood by me with advice and support during my first attempt to buy a horse. She is an absolute inspiration and a stroke of luck for every student. Her immense knowledge derives from her years of experience of riding and teaching in many parts of the world. That paired with a deep love for the animal is not often found. I hope that I will soon be able to train my own horse with her since the online world makes it now possible. Thank you Doina for this amazing and hugely valuable time at your place and with your sweet horsy superstars Estoy and Notus!
I had a change in discipline about two weeks ago, I had a working equitation lesson with Doina Fischer, and I think I am hooked! The first day it was raining when I had my private lesson with Doina and we still had a great time playing under the raindrops. We did activities like doing 10 m circles around cones, doing half passes moving up to flying changes between cones, doing pirouettes around cones, to side passing over a pole. We used all of the dressage tools and through these exercises and staying aware of my seat, my horse became more supple to my aids. The second lesson was on Valentines Day, and I couldn’t have had a better Valentine than Kahlua. In this lesson we did more advanced activities and even did a pattern at the end, ending with picking up a rose. It was so much fun! I loved using the poles and cones and thinking about where to position my horse or prepare before the next movement it was so great. My only regret is that I didn’t get any of it on video! So you may just have to look for us in the working equitation arena because I truly am hooked!
My name is Emily Gill. You probably don’t remember me, but you gave me my first working equitation lesson in February 2019 in Wellington Florida. I was down there for the winter and was riding at Hampton Green Farms when you came to teach some lessons. I was riding a chestnut Morgan. Anyway I just wanted to let you know that I just competed at my first working equitation championship at masters level with my Morgan. I wanted to thank you for giving me this bug for working equitation it has been such a joy and amazing journey for my horse and I and I can’t wait for more. So again thank you for the perfect introduction to an amazing sport. Hope all is well with you and maybe our paths can cross again.
I had the opportunity to participate in a Working Equitation clinic with Doina in New Jersey on March 13-15. There was much to learn with respect to general dressage education, specifics of WE competition, and some things that helped my horse and me be more effective together. I especially appreciated how Doina understood Zeke’s lack of confidence and had the tools/techniques to help me help him.
The first day was spent working on dressage moves as a means of improving obstacle performance. On day two we worked with a standard array of obstacles – the emphasis was as much on approach and transitions as it was execution. The plan for day three included riding dressage tests and working on a few specific obstacles. Riding the dressage tests was especially instructive – she offered so many great tips to enable the riders to be more effective (details on use of the leg, weight, rein, etc.).
Doina’s extensive experience as a rider, trainer, and judge, coupled with her well-honed teaching skills, made this the best WE clinic in both structure and content that I have ever attended. My two biggest takeaways however were specific to my horse and me. One was the importance of staying mentally with him in each moment instead of thinking about everything else going on and wondering how he might react. And the second was breathing out more completely so I could sit more deeply – “in” the horse, rather than “on” the horse – sort of like scuba diving (now my new buzzword). It made a huge difference.