The grail is found!

After four years of intense research I finally have found now the rider’s seat in the old academic art of riding:

(See research: update 15.Mai 2020)

Knabstrupper Stud Schimmerwald

 Knabstrupper of  Schimmerwald is a line of breeding, above all intended  for the revival of the academic art of riding, today's most sophisticated summation of riding-knowledge during the last 500 years. Also, as with most of the so-called "baroque-type" horses, a Schimmerwald horse is very well suited to carriage-pulling, to reining and of course, due to it's very calm, reliable behaviour as a durable and safe recreation-horse. Unlike some other baroque-type horses, the fearless Knabstrupper shows a good ability for jumping, provided it is only demanded in accordance with his height, be it in the riding arena or delightfully on a not to difficult fox-hunt.

 If trained carefully and unhurriedly, according to his resp. state of development (bodily and psychic state)  it will very often get to be extraordinarily capable and prepared to go to great lengths for his owner.  

 Our aim in breeding is to approximate or possibly even better the old  Knabstrupper, (a mix of  the danish Fredericksborger with the Spanish horse) which in it's time has been one of the most sought-after breeds at the European noble courts. The King of Hannover's great fondeness  of his white-born horses let him acquire several of these white Knabstrupper horses,  matching the white horse in the flag of Lower-Saxony and serving as horses for the crowning ceremonies.

 For the use in the modern high-school of riding we need horses in the square-type as opposite to the long, english type, they should be approx. as high as they are long, with a wide chest and well rounded croup to give it good standfastness through covering a short and wide space of ground and thereby a superb dirigiblity. This type of body leads to the necessary steadiness and surety of movement to give it (and consecutively it's rider) the braveness and power for the schools upon and over the earth.  If you try to breed a square-type  horse, you must take in account that mostly a mare's body is slightly longer than a stallion's. (The horse-type least able for the academic art of riding on the other side is the long and small built hotblood-horse, which is explictly bred for the panicky running-away).

  The best tuning of the bodies of rider and horse will be found at a stick-measure (rigid measure) about 20cm (15-25cm) below the height of the rider. This suggests a horse with a stick-measure of 150cm will be best suited for a rider's height around 170cm to achieve a comfortable, balanced seat in all gaits. With this constellation the rider's pelvis is just capable to follow even the most extended movements of his horse,  not to endanger the harmony so essential for the high-schoool. The rising trot or hunting-seat are thus unnecessary  even in the extended trot or the race-gallop and have been unknown during the high time of the art of riding.

 The personality of the Schimmerwald-Horse equals less the fearful, nervous, "always on the run"-horse, but a calm, oftentimes more "wait-and-see" , standfast type, and this, too, is a reason for these horses often ending up being the leading ones in a herd.

 It  is a safe utility-horse for old and  young, very gifted and always keen to learn new things, always eager  to please the ride/handler/driver.

 Beside the great abilty for the high school of riding these horses are famous for their colouring: there are uncounted combinations: beginning with the simple bay, chestnut or black horses there are spotted and painted  horses in all variations: leopard-spotted is the most famous one (look at our Paco, Picasso and Luna), this variation exists also with chestnut spots on white ground;  with only some little white spots on a bay or black horse; with a blanket ("Schabracke" in German) over parts on an otherwise white body (see Lulu); with tiger-like stripes of black sort of parallel to the ribs, and so on... Sometimes these colours are so unique and indescribable that the old Danish breeders called them roguishly "green horses".
  But be warned: should you also get infected with the "Breeder of Knabstruppers-Virus": there is no way to even nearly predict the colour of the planned foal: Our Paco had  one leopard-spotted from a bay mare (see Mette-Marit,left); five very different colourde by Lille (few-spotted): a black leopard-spotted (Luna) and  a "Blanket-Tiger" (Lulu) and a chestnut-leopard (Line) and a chestnut-leoprad small-apotted (Phidias) and a chestnut-leopard-spotted (Lykke vom Duten); also by other mares:  a dark bay from a black, a dark chestnut from a white-born, a chestnut leopard-spotted from another white-born mare,and  a black one with white spots on the croupe.

  Today's Knabstruppers are re-bred from the last specimens of this old danish race, still to be found after the english horse and english riding became the predominant fashion in rider's circles from the middle of the 19th century. Especially in Germany, selfless breeders got infected by Bent Branderup's book "Knabstruppers, the fine Horses of Nobility"(title translated) and a lot of german riders by his extraordinary book " Academic Riding for the Ambitious Recreation-Rider"(title translated). As these horses were often saved by very individualistic  horse-owners, many didn't get a proper registration, and many pedigree informations are gone forever with their former breeders. So a Knabstrupperhorse may be a jewel even if there is no pedigree to be found!

Should I use the Full Potential of My Knabstrupper Horse?

Reading my account of the potential the Knabstrupper owns, one might be astonished that this horse is suitable for nearly everything (naturally only for home-use as a recreational horse as it is naturally not capable for high-end disciplines: he would never win a high-jumping show or a trotting race championship!).

If one owns such a diversely suitable horse, it naturally is very tempting to use it in every direction: one time as carriage puller, another time as show jumping horse, the next for a fox hunt with not to big barriers, next as dressage horse and again as a distance horse (so as a real multipurpose horse).

But in spite of all these theoretically possible kinds of usage, you should always keep in mind, that some of them might bring (sometimes nearly unrepairable!) disadvantages for the others with it.
Should somewhere along the road I might decide the ultimate aim for me will be dressage or even the academic art of riding, I might have to change my horse severely and might regret producing some mistakes hard to correct.

The biggest mistake is a hard hand or bit: any usage with relies on producing great push evocates a massive force of the hand on the Horse's mouth: I don't know of any show jumping or hunting rider who in his way of riding can direct his horse with his seat alone and without significant force in the mouth! Carriage driving creates massive forces on the mouth, too!

A soft and unmolested mouth will enable the rider to reach the desired lightness and comfort in dressage much more easy and earlier!


25 .Dez 2021 : Teil 4, Kap.1-3 zugefügt

12.09.21: Cav/Solleysel III/4 -7 zugefügt

31.07.21: Cav/Solleysel Kap III/3 zugefügt

29.07.2021: Die erste Kapriole!


28.06.21: Cav/Solleysel Kap III/1 zugefügt

22.05.21 : Cav/Soll Kap 42, 43,44,45 zugefügt

21.02.2021: Cavendish II-39, -40, -41 zugefügt

19.01.2021: Alle Kapitel des cavalerice  überarbeitet.

06.10.20 Teil II, Kap 38 zugefügt

20.09.2020: Cav/Soll: Abrégé § 10 und

  II/32+33 hinzugefügt


Stellen mit Kandare?

15.05.2020: Game-Changer

 Santa-Paulina Handhaltung entdeckt!

06.01.19: Bd II,37 zugefügt

03.12.19:II_36 zugefügt

23.11. II,35 zugefügt

14.11.: II, 34 zugefügt

26.Okt 19: II,33 zugefügt

05.10.19: Update Trensenkandare/


24.09.: II,31+32 zugefügt

15.09.19 : Bd II 29 +30 zugefügt

25.08.19: II,28 zugefügt

18.08.19: II, 27 zugefügt

09. Mai : Kap II,26 zugefügt

17.02.: Band II,Kap.25 zugefügt

07. Febr: Die neuen Trensenkandaren sind eine Erlösung!

Jan 18 : Band II, Kap. 22+23+24  zugefügt

Dez.18:  Band II, Kap 20 und II,12 zugefügt

Nov.2018: I,62 ; II,12 ; II,17 ; II,11 ; II,13 zugefügt

Oktober 18: Bd I, Kap. 60 + 61 zugefügt

Sept..18: Bd I, 63, 67, 68 und 69 zugefügt

Aug. 18: Band I, Kap 55, 56, 57, 59 zugefügt

02.07: I, 52+53 zugefügt 

Der Mittsommer-Special: "Galopp"

(Band I, Kap 50 +51) ist zugleich mein

Jubiläum: fünzig übersetzte Kapitel

des "Cavalerice francois" !

April bis Juni 2018: 

Band I, Kapitel 3+5+16+17+41 bis47, +49,

Band III, Vorwort und Kapitel 24+25+30


Jan. bis März 2018 : 

Band I, Kapitel 15+64+65+66+70+71+72,

Band II, Kapitel: 3+4+5+7+8+9+19

Nov.+Dez 2017:

Band I, Kapitel 33 bis 35,

Band II, Kapitel 14+16+18;

Nov. 2017: Two more newly translated

chapters of the "Cavalerice francois"

by Salomon de la Broue" added!







August 2014: Schulparade von Rubens

12.April 2017: Rätsel der Handhaltung 

Guerinieres nun komplett gelöst?

April 12th, 2017: Riddle of Guerinieres

hand-posture now completely revealed ?

Juli 2016: Aufruf zur Teilnahme am


Guérinière- bzw. Marc-Aurel -Sitz

July 2016: Call for participation at the

Researchproject Guérinière- and


Feb 2016: Bisher unbekannte Zügelführung

entdeckt, siehe Fundstücke!

Feb 2016: Highly sophisticated rein-leading

found! See finds

September 2015 Picassos Leistungsprüfung 

März 2014:Schulparade im Parthenon-Fries

Dez. 2013: Mesopotamische Schulparade

Mai 2013: Schulparadenskizze von Leonardo

August 2012: Neapolitanische Schulparade


Mai 2012: Antike Schulparade entdeckt!

14. Sept. 2013: Picassos erstes Fohlen gleich

Siegerhengstfohlen beim heutigen KNN

Grading in Deutschland!

6. Juni 2013: Pontus vom Duten, ein

schickes weiteres Pacofohlen

aus der Apera ist geboren

20. Mai 2013 : Das fünfte Fohlen aus der

Anpaarung Paco und Lille wurde

geboren: Lykke vom Duten, ein

wunderbares Stutfohlen!

06.Mai 2013 Parzival vom Soonwald

ist da! Das erste Fohlen von Picasso, aus

der Melissa af Silver, ein toller




01.02.2013: Phidias ist zu seiner neuen

Besitzerin gewechselt, wir wünschen

ihr viel Freude und viel Erfolg!

November 2012: Wegen Überlastung

legen wir eine wahrscheinlich

mehrjährige Zuchtpause ein und haben

Melissa af Silver und Lille Ged in

gute Hände abgegeben!

20.05.2012: Phidias vom Schimmerwald

ist geboren! Ein wunderschönes

Hermelinfuchstiger Hengstfohlen!

28.03.2012: Line vom Schimmerwald

ist heute in gute Hände ins Süddeutsche

abgereist. Der neuen Besitzerin

wünschen wir alles Gute und viel Freude mit ihr!

29.10.2011: Knabstrupper Stute Melissa

af Silver ist bei uns angekommen!

02.10.2011: Picasso vom Schimmerwald

wurde heute vom dänischen


Knabstrupper-Verband KNN gekört !

14.06.2011: heute morgen stand im Stall

ein gesundes Stutfohlen! Endlich haben




Paco und Lille auch mal einen Fuchstiger

bekommen! Wir nennen es Line vom

Schimmerwald; leider können wir es wieder nicht

behalten; Interessenten sollten sich bald melden!

24.02.2011: Auch Lulu ist nun in gute Hände

nach Hessen gegangen und fühlt sich dort


14.02.2011: Ebenfalls heute wurde Luna

in gute Hände nach Quakenbrück

verkauft: Herzlichen Glückwunsch der

neuen Besitzerin!

14.07.2010: Luna vom Schimmerwald

ist geboren! Das zweite Fohlen von Paco

und Lille, diesmal nun mit seiner Färbung.

Sie kam im Beisein des Vaters, ca. 15min,

nachdem beide am Morgen zusammen

auf die Weide gebracht wurden, zur Welt!

Sie ist sein erstes völlig natürlich gezeugtes

und geborenes Fohlen, das bis zum Absetzen

von beiden erzogen werden soll.  



Knabstrupper af Coco

Fonds ancien

Reitzentrum Gestüt Moorhof

  Hof am Soonwald

Knabstrupper Duten

Dänische Knabstruppervereinigung KNN