Documentation of the
2005 1st Annual Conference, October 8-9
Erbach (Odenwald), Germany
Conference Programme (129 KB)
Vision, Membership (17 KB)
Next Steps (Only for EAHAE
members, 308 KB)
Benesch (Austria): Evaluation of a Leadership-Training:
Chances and risks
the evaluation of trainings plays an important role because evidence is needed
that a program is effective; it`s a game of balance between costs and benefits.
We present a concept of evaluating a horse-based leadership training and discuss
some aspects of chances and risks. In particular we focus on the study-design,
the role of horses as a model for understanding a trainee`s behavior and inner
state and it will be discussed how a more or less optimal evaluation program
could be developed and implemented. First data have been collected and will be
studied Psychology in Vienna. Beside his profession as a consulter in the fields
of working psychology and social sciences he teaches statistical methods and
psychological diagnostics at the universities of Vienna and Klagenfurt.
Lawrence Frischknecht (Switzerland): The transfer of learning results of horse
assisted trainings into the real world of leadership
within the communication training industry knows about the difficulties of
measuring training results of soft skill trainings. This presentation gives
1.) What kind
of training results are to be (realistically) expected? Learning transfer
examples and a guide for individual development of such transfers.
2.) How can
soft skill trainings like horse assisted trainings be measured, monitored and
benchmarked? Presentation of a 4 – Level Method.
(1965) is the founder and owner of APC (Advanced Personal Communications) AG /
Switzerland. Since the foundation 1994 the Company focussed the fields of sales,
teambuilding and leadership. On the Farm of his Father in Virginia (US) the idea
of horse assisted trainings started. Today APC offers training with horses
within leadership, teambuilding and key accounting. Seminars and personal
coachings are the core businesses of APC people development.
David Harris (England): Why do we work with
horse? Why are horses so popular for personal development? Why is this modality
needed now? (1168
explains his journey, why and how he changed his life from a successful MD of a
£24 million corporation to a trainer, facilitator and coach. He outlines the
major part that horses played in this amazing story and how we can all model
horses to achieve our own success.
is a coach, trainer, equine guided educator and natural horseman. He is a NLP
master practitioner and certified NLP coach. He has 30 years experience in the
corporate world and has spent most of that time in the IT sector. David’s
passion is people and helping them achieve success on their own terms. He is the
founder of Acorns-2-Oaks his coaching and equine guided development company.
Krebs (Germany): Welcome, Vision and Mission of EAHAE
The number of
horse assisted trainings is increasing continuously. In Europe there are
already some 70 seminar providers, in the US more than 300. We assume, that
everybody who comes up with such a concept is based on his own life experience,
horse experience and leadership experience. Therefore no manager seminar and no
team training with horses will be directly comparable with one another.
Association for Horse Assisted Education (EAHAE) is a non-profit platform for
information, communication, education, certification, research and publication
of every kind of Horse Assisted Education. The vision is to establish and
develop Horse Assisted Education as a general form of personal and professional
development in European enterprises, organisations, institutions, societies and
for personal purpose.
born 1949, holds a university degree M.A. in contemporary German literature and
political science. He is working as an entrepreneur since 1983, started
IT-Trainings in 1986 and founded G&K HorseDream GmbH in 1996 together with his
wife Karin. They both started with Horse Assisted Leadership Seminars and
Teamtrainings in 1998. Gerhard initiated the EAHAE in August 2004 together with
8 founding members from Austria, Denmark, England, Germany and Switzerland.
Nagel (Germany): Outdoor Training and Horses
Outdoor Training? The answer is pretty easy: get out of your office, go outside,
and do something. Depending on the target of a training "doing something" can be
a whole variety of challenges such as team challenges, sportive challenges, or
communicate on a mental level. They reveal strengths as well as weaknesses of
their human partners within the exercises. As they behave incorruptibly and
authentically without own aims they sensitize their partners to perceive their
own natural strength and to apply them in working with other humans.
In this way,
Horse-assisted Trainings enlarge the repertoire of an Outdoor Trainer as a
powerful method for leadership and team trainings.
holds a Ph.D. in engineering and has many years of experience as project manager
and executive in engineering, IT, and management systems. Since 2003, she is
working as a trainer focussing leadership and team development.
(Germany): Leading and Coaching as Common Managing Concepts in Horse Assisted
Trainings (276 KB)
Coaching are often heard. Some people may even think that coaching is a special
leading concept. Managers are faced with the demand to become the coach of their
employees. In return they ask where coaching can help them in leading their
employees. I would like to show why I believe: that the two are completely
different and what the differences are, that today’s managers need both and how
they should be applied, that horse assisted trainings help to explore and
understand the two.
41, holds a degree in economics, works in personnel development, is a management
trainer and systemic coach and was introduced to horse assisted trainings by
Scheidegger (Switzerland): A Master Thesis with the Scope to Develop an Equine
Guided Leadership Seminar
Leadership is the realization of the two founders’ vision to join their diverse
experiences to create a training concept which integrates the domains of
leadership theory, leadership practice, and horsemanship to a learning
experience which addresses the critical leadership demands of the 21st Century.
The rapid move of our industrialized economy towards a knowledge economy is
making intangible assets created by the resource people, to one of the main
economy drivers. We have declared it to our target to provide a training
platform which allows to practice and experience a human oriented and sensitive
approach to leading people, enabling to better utilize cooperative interpersonal
relationships to create win-win situations for leaders and subordinates.
born 1960 in Switzerland, has twenty years of leadership experience in the
industry of medical device and machine tools. Having worked in Switzerland and
in America, he currently holds a strategic management position in Information
Technology in a European division of a large American medical company. His
interest in Equine Guided Education started during his MBA study, and gained
depth during his Master Thesis, which had the scope to develop an Equine Guided
Schuhmacher (Germany): Horse Sense
Sense Training makes changes of (inner) attitudes possible and probable. For
most people it is not too hard to realize emotional blockades on a rational
level. They are aware of something that hols them back (to take action e.g.).
They can explain this emotion very well, they think about it a lot and try to
find a way to get rid of it. So the problem(s) remain(s) and the person(s)
concentrate(s) a lot on it/them. But h o w does it feel without that little
something that is holding back? What is there instead? What inner attitudes are
necessary to take action? Which (little) things make a difference? This is what
Horse Sense is about: Feel the difference, become aware of it. And: Jump out of
your head and take action!”
born 1961 is a psychologist working in her own practise since 2001. She very
successfully combines solution focussed therapy with the assistance of horses.
More information: www.diepraxis.de
Schwaiger (Germany): Horse Assisted Self-Development
interacting with a horse, conditioned patterns and programs are to be seen in
the present moment. The coaching process opens a safe space, where by activating
personal resources, alternative behaviour can be tried out and later
established. Keys are: awareness, openness, rediscovery of the true nature
beyond conditioning, clarity, love and the all-decisive wish to change. The very
core of this work is the process of relating. Relating is different from
establishing a relationship. Relating is a continuing process of experiencing
and exploring oneself, other people, horses, nature, the entire life.
born 1962 in Augsburg, is a learned teacher, certified personal trainer and
author of several books about Horse Assisted Self-Development. She very
successfully combines her work as a personal trainer with her experience of many
years with horses. In 1997 she established “Das Pegasus-Projekt®” which offers
open workshops and an education program for Horse Assisted Self-Development
Sperl (Austria): Horse whisperers – myth and history
Pferdeseminare Bruno Sperl
horse whisperers in Europe there is a k. k. Major of the Austrian Cavalry
Constantin Balassa who became famous among European horsemen in 1828. He
travelled around demonstrating his method of “Imponieren” (to impress) with
the wildest horses he could find. Among the books he wrote his little brochure
“Hufbeschlag ohne Zwang” (Horse shoeing without violence) is a very interesting
document still nowadays. “Die Zähmung des Pferdes” (Taming horses), Wien 1844,
his main work offers detailed information about the common methods used by
European cavalries in those days.
is a rider and horsetrainer since 40 years, a father, husband and librarian
since 30 years, a project manager for Library Research and Development Projects
since 10 years and a convinced equine guided education trainer since 4 years.
David Tidmarsh (Scotland): The big picture
- EAHAE, EGEA,
EAGALA, and EFMHA (396 KB)