Eurodressage correspondent Barbara Schnell braved the -15° weather to drive to Rosendahl, Germany, early in the morning to photograph several training sessions at Klaus Balkenhol's stable. Helen Langehanenberg trailered in for a lesson, while Annabel Balkenhol presented her new horse Highlander and Grand Prix horse Winci for the camera.
For the photo session Anabel saddled new ride Highlander (by Hohenstein x Hill Hawk xx) and also schooled a much-matured Winci (by Weinberg). The black Hanoverian gelding Highlander was previously trained by Dorothee Schneider and Karin Rehbein. He was originally a licensed stallion but got gelded in August 2010. He is owned by the Swedish Ängagården.
Helen Langehanenberg was also there for a lesson with her two Grand Prix horses Damon Hill (by Donnerhall x Rubinstein) and Responsible (by Rohdiamant).
"While the cold and the glaring sun made my work pretty difficult, it was fascinating to watch the calmness and focus at work," Schnell told Eurodressage.
Photos © Barbara Schnell