Riding

Taking the bike to the barn

Lower Saxony is horse country. In the world’s largest horse breeding region, Marienau students can have their own horse close enough to reach by bike, take riding and show jumping lessons, ride in Europe’s largest Iceland horse stable, perform top-level eventing or learn Western-style riding on the school’s own horses.

Of course, riding lessons are offered in Marienau as well. Our long-term riding instructor Jule Drögemüller offers a riding AG twice a week in which students learn how to take care of the school’s ponies and have riding lessons. The large forest and meadows around Marienau are great for shorter rides. The ring is used for vaulting and exercises. Girls particularly like to spend their free time with the ponies on the pasture or in the stables. Some even like to spend their weekend at Jule Drögemüller’s Hayat-Nane stud farm in Reinfeld. She offers Western-style riding there.

Nearby Dahlenburg has three barns where students can stable their own horses; more offers of this kind are available in Wennekath, Neetze Garlstorf and Bavendorf. Please understand that the capacities for horses are limited. Feel free to inform us if you are interested in this offer. We will establish contact for you.
Lessons can be taken in nearly every stable based on student level. Hendryk Hecht, for example, who attends 10th grade in Marienau, trains at his parents’ stud farm in Dahlenburg and participates in German Championships in show jumping.

Paul Behmann participates in eventing, i.e. dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding. The 18-year-old is qualified for the German championships and the German Federal Perspective Squad, i.e. he is one of the ten best German riders aged 18 to 21.
Paul became a boarding school student at Marienau in 11th grade. “I came here because my trainer Elmar Lesch lives nearby. He has his stable in Bavendorf, where my horse is as well.” Paul goes there for training every day. Swiss Walter Freitag also enjoys a good international reputation as a riding instructor and breeder of Hanoverians.

Ten years ago, he started his own training and school offer in Dumstorf. “We breed Hanoverian horses and train them. The current winner of the
mare achievement test in Schlieckau comes from our stable.” The beautifully located Schultenhof in Dumstorf (approx. 6 km from Marienau) offers coach lessons as well. Many Marienau students ride at the Margarethenhof, which can be reached by bike easily as well. It offers qualified lessons in dressage and show jumping. It has a large arena and ideal terrain for riding out. The well-groomed Gestüt Wennekath, which can be reached by bus, offers lessons and hunting. The Schenzel family’s Kronshof is Germany’s largest Iceland horse stable. It hosts a tournament every Pentecost. Daughter Frauke is European Champion and, like the other three children of the Schenzel family, went to school at Marienau. Of course, Luhmühlen is known to riders around the world. It is less than a 45-minute drive by car from Marienau.