European Riding Academy

Classical Horse Training And

Riding Instructions    

(760) 504-2693
North County of San Diego

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About Us

European Riding Academy was established by Dagmar Hoffmann in 2002, certified as FN Bereiter in 1990 (Riding Instructor and Horse Trainer), with a goal of helping horse and rider to achieve connection and harmony through a correct and balanced approach to training.


Dagmar seeks to pass along the wisdom she's gained from years of experience working her way through the classic and intensive European horse training system, where she was taught how to give riding lessons and train young horses.


Her ultimate goal is to help her riding students to truly connect with the movement of their horses, reaching a place where riding becomes an effortless and joyful experience. With horses, Dagmar aims to assist the horse in achieving movement, balance, carriage and connection that is correct and true, moving the horse through the levels in a way that is appropriate for the horse, following the classical training pyramid.


Dagmar's approach is grounded in four core values: Harmony, Honesty, Humility, and Humor. Because of this her riding students excel in the informative and detailed, yet relaxed method of training.

Dagmar is starting to focus more on teaching, rather than training green and/or difficult horses as she realizes one doesn't bounce as easily as we get older. She still recognizes the need to take horses back to ground work and basics as needed, especially certain holes in the training need to be filled. 

Her newest adventure is "Working Equitation", which combines dressage, mastery of obstacles and a speed phase. This is a fun and enjoyable way to develope great skills for riders and horses alike. An up and coming discipline. 



One of my all time favorite Clinicians is fellow Austrian Karl Mikolka, former Ober-Bereiter of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Seen here teaching Lientsche at Stephan Peter's barn on Chocolate, Pinky Roberts' horse.

Check out his web-site: