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Rick Klaassen

As an instructor, Rick is active in Germany, the USA, Sweden, Portugal, Holland. In Germany he gives courses for the German riders and drivers association in Luhmühlen, Münster-Handorf and Dresden. Aside from that he is also the appointed trainer for the Equestrian Sport Association Rheinland 

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Frederico Pinteus
  • Founder of “Lusitano International Dressage Team”, 2013

  • Founder of the “Dressage Ponies Trophy”, 2012

  • Founder of “Dressage First” equestrian events organization, 2010 – 2016

  • National Dressage Judge – Level 3

  • National Judge for Working Equitation

  • Dressage & Young Horses Judge FEI Judge 3*

  • Equitation Trainer, and technician responsible for equestrian facilities accredited by the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (2002) and by the Portuguese Institute of Sports (trainer Level 3)

  • Collaborator in the organization of the International Lusitano Horse Show, 1993 – 2002

  • Dressage rider since 1996

  • Horse-ball competitor from 1989 to 1997

  • Chef D´equipe of the Youth National Teams in the European Championship 2017

  • President of the Portuguese Dressage Technical Committee 2020-2024


2015 - Becomes part, as an athlete, of the Lusitano International Dressage Team, attending regularly in trainings conducted by Mr. Daniel Pinto and Mr. Miguel Ralão

2006/2007 - Participates in the Lusitano Breeders Association competition program, participating in the trainings conducted by Mrs. Martina Hannover

Since 2006 - Regular collaboration with Mr. Eckart Meyners in clinics of sport and physiology “Better Seat”

Since 2002 - Rides and competes, in national and international competitions, under the guidance of the experienced trainer Mr. Rick Klaassen

1998/2001 - Rides under the mentoring of Mr. D. José de Athayde and Mrs. Margaretha Lima Garcia

2001/2003 - Riding instructor of Sociedade Hípica Portuguese riding school (Jockey Club of Lisbon)

2000 - Riding instructor of Centro Hípico da Lourinhã

1998/1999 - General-secretary of Quinta da Moura Riding Center – Equitop

1992/1995 - Part of the teachers staff in Fernando Bernardo Ralão Riding Center, Lumiar – Lisbon

1986/1992 - As an amateur rides continues his apprenticeship in Fernando Bernardo Ralão Riding Center, undr the supervision of Mr. Ciopa, Mr. Fernando Bernardo Ralão, Mr. Miguel Ralão and Mr. Tiago Nogueira da Rocha

1984 - Begins riding in the Sociedade Hípica Portuguese riding school (Jockey Club of Lisbon) under the guidance of Mr. Major Simões Pereira




  • Currently competes at Intermediate A level

  • Various qualifications in Preliminary to Intermediate I level

  • Winner of the young-horses class (4 years old), in Segóvia, Spain, 2009

  • Participation in the World Championship for Young Horses, in Verden, 2007

  • Trainer of the National Junior Champion – 2007 and 2009

  • Trainer of the National Juvenile Champion – 2006

  • Trainer of the National Beginner Champion – 2004

  • Winner of the young horses class - 5 years old – in Hebborner Hof – Germany, 2004

  • Winner of the Portuguese Cup (level E) - 1998 and 2000, 2004



  • 15 internationalizations for the national horse-ball team, being the first at the 16 years old of age

  • European Champion in Clubs, Austria, 1995

  • National Champion, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1997

  • Winner of the Portuguese Cup, 1995

  • Trainer of the National Champion Team (children’s), 1996



  • 3rd place in the indoor show “Elxadai – Elvas” (1,20m), 1996

  • 5th place in 6 bars event – Vila Franca de Xira – (1,40m) 1997

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Maria Firmo
  • Riding school instructor

  • BSC (Hon) in Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, July 2015

  • Foundation Degree – Sports Horse Management and Coaching , July 2014

  • Horse event organizer - Osberton and Oasby Horse Trials - BEDE Events, Nottingham (UK)

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Kobie Morris (Riding school instructor)
  • Riding school instructor

  • Horse event organizer

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Eckart Meyners
  • Member of the FN task force ‘Horseback Riding as Sport in Schools’

  • Member of the education committee of the Hanoverian Equestrian Association

  • Advisor at judge conferences

  • Advisor at the state trainer conferences

  • Advisor at conferences for ‘Better Seat’

  • Lecturer at courses for equine managers at the German National Riding School, at the Westphalian riding and Driving School Muenster-Handorf and for certified riding instructors at the Trainer Academy

  • Instructor for clinics at almost all German Equestrian Associations

  • Advisor at courses in several European countries and the USA

  • Permanent member of the ‘Dressage Studies’

  • Training with Heike Kemmer (team world champion and gold medalist at the Olympic Games) for several years

  • Consultant of several international riders and trainers in different disciplines 

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