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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Ivan Dimitrijevic, Equestrian & Trainer
Ivan Dimitrijevic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a
horse-lover; avid equestrian and trainer. Ivan has a keen connection with
horses – a horse-whisperer at times. He has achieved many accomplishments and
awards with both the horses and competitors that he has trained.
You have a
special connection with horses. Details, please…
give lessons in riding. That is my hobby, what I really enjoy doing and without
any false modesty I can say that I am very good when it comes to treating and
understanding horses. It is not only my opinion, but of many other of my
colleagues who are working with me at the Belgrade Hippodrome. I give lessons
in riding to people of various age (kids, adults, beginners and to those with
more experience) since 1985, that is over twenty years. I also teach kids in
dressage and short jumping, for all kinds of competitions. I am sure that there
are lots of people doing what I am doing, but I am not sure that everybody can
have the feeling about the animal that I have. During this long period of
dealing with horses, I have never had any kind of serious accidents. I have
learnt to love and understand the animal in order to get the best performance
from it. My basic virtue is patience and readiness to learn more.
your first encounter with a horse?
first encounter with horses was 1985, that feeling I will never forget - I
trained karate and aikido, but being with horses is the most beautiful
thing I would prefer if my job is working with the horses.
prefer one horse breed over another?
I love all breeds of horses; they are all special in their own way and
beautiful but of course if I need a horse to jump then I'll choose a breed of
horse who is for it.
trainer, what training methods do you prefer?
is a difficult question. Training primarily depends on the rider, every
training needs to adapt to the rider and horse. So if someone is a beginner
training, methods need to be at that level, if someone is a better rider,
methods of training changes...etc.You cannot have one method of training.
key to keeping a horse healthy and happy?
is difficult to answer, there is too much that it affects the happiness and
health of horses. Briefly, above all, every horse must have good stable, each
owner/rider must give the horse all the love. To take care of a horse, you must
have respect for the horse. Each horse has to have good food, good and
regular medical care. There are a lot of things on this topic to write.
have a favorite arena or place to ride?
depends on the training. I love going in the forest, but if it is serious
training is concerned, it must to be arena.
What is your
favorite event to participate or spectate?
love to visit all horse events, but I prefer show jumping.
have advice for beginning riders?
advice for beginners…They should be patient, to train regularly
and the results will surely come. They need to know that the rider and the
horse are one.
horsemanship mean to you?
is a wonderful thing; man should be doing it with lots of love. It
is very difficult to describe what it is for someone: horsemanship, it should