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6600 Maynard Farm Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

LynnLeath@gmail.com

Mobile: 919-270-7060

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susanne von Dietze grew up with horses firmly ingrained in family life—she says she was raised more in the stable than in the house. Her father was an ex-cavalry officer (who until the age of 91 rode nearly every day), and her mother a riding instructor, teacher for sport and physiotherapist with a background in sidesaddle. Together Susanne s parents worked to build the German Riding for the Disabled Federation.

Susanne trained and worked as a Bereiter” in Germany for both dressage and show jumping while simultaneously working as a physiotherapist in a private clinic. Her focus was back pain and spinal injury. This combination of interests and abilities eventually led to her unique perspective and ways of teaching riding—for riders of all ages, disciplines and levels – from the very basics up to Grand Prix.

Her special knowledge of the riders physiology combined with the classical training led Susanne to write and publish the books and DVDs :
Balance in Movement and Horse and Rider Back to Back.
Her clinic-column in Dressage Today/Practical Horseman is a well known and often recited page over many years.
Susanne has competed at the top levels of international dressage. (Susanne was several times national champion (Israel)  and successfully represented Israel in the FEI Challenge tour).

Besides physiotherapy Susanne is a Trainer in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Method and has been teaching these classes to riders.
In the last two years of the pandemic she shared this knowledge through Zoom. The journey through the body” was offering theory and practice to improve the riders seat
Susanne is now returning to regularly teach seminars and clinics in Germany, Scandinavia, the United States, Japan, Finland Hungary, and Australia, among others. She lives in Israel with her husband and three children.