In 2009 we visited Europe for a few weeks and had the pleasure of staying with equestrian friends in western Germany for the first week. It was an adventure with many pleasant surprises, but by far my favorite surprise was when our host announced we’d be allowed to visit the training facility of Isabell Werth, a star of the dressage world. I was enthralled with the facility and the horses and just watching Isabell and several students ride that day. I could have happily spent the entire vacation as a fly on the wall in their arena.
I wanted to take a few minutes and share some of my favorite remaining photos from that trip.
Can we just take a moment and agree Germany just has the best stables period? The way in which 100 year old barns and stables are often blended with modern construction is amazing. Below are photos from our host’s facility. Laminated beams and open air constructions created an arena and stable with more natural light than I’ve ever seen in US facilities (It helps, I’m sure, that their weather tends to be less volatile than most areas of the US).