Stefanie first learned about the needs of performance horses in her youth in Germany (FN-trainer apprenticeship). After raising a family and years in the corporate world, she returned to working with horses in 2007, this time wanting to learn all she could to help horses perform optimally through bodywork. A certification in Equine Massage (WMSEM 2007) and the Masterson Method™ (Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork™) in 2008 provided the basis for her practice. She soon became the first person to be certified in the Masterson Method™ and the first certified instructor in this method, which has now won worldwide acclaim.
Having worked with a multitude of different horses over the years—from 4-H ponies to champion endurance horses and top breeding studs in Germany—she now applies her experience in helping clients optimize their horses’ performance & wellbeing in seminars aboutthe Path to Performance™ (a 3-step approach to equine wellness and soundness).
Stefanie has presented at the Midwest Horse Fair, Equine Affaire, Hoosier Horse Fair, Illinois Horse Fair, Holistic Horse Fair & other events and works in the US and Germany, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Stefanie grew up riding an abundance of school horses and trail hacks and later moved on to a 'Bereiter'
(German National Equestrian Federation certified trainer) apprenticeship in Germany.
Late in her apprenticeship she reconsidered a new carreer choice after a second serious riding accident. Two years of education and training, often working 60 hours per week, however, provided a solid basis for understanding the needs of performance horses. During this time, Stefanie received an estimated:
1800 hours of riding instruction or supervised riding and training under a 'Master Rider' (incl. longing, free longing, gymnasticizing horses, giving riding instruction to individuals and groups)
45 days of vocational school training (in Cologne, Germany, learning anatomy, barn management, riding theory)
1400 hours of grooming experience (this as a part of our 'curriculum', learning proper techniques, groom for show, braid, solarium, etc.)
1100 hours of general barn duties
2007: Certification in Equine Massage (Western Montana School of Equine Massage)
Certification in Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork™ (the Masterson Method™)
since 2009: Masterson Method™ instructor
*) Please note: Equine massage and bodywork is a non-invasive, gentle wellness modality aimed at enhancing performance in the healthy horse and never replaces proper veterinary care. If in doubt regarding the physical health of your horse please consult your veterinarian.