On December 11, we visited Stübben to tell our story. We presented our science-based analysis and advice system, which, in conjunction with specially developed computer software, can represent movement sequences and their effects on the biomechanics and balance of horse and rider.

Sometimes even the most experienced trainer faces a big challenge when it comes to finding the reason for a rideability problem. Is it the rider? On the horse? Our digital analysis process shows where it really “sticks” between rider and horse.

After the guests were welcomed by the managing director Johannes Stübben, Theo Lenzen from the business development of the district of Viersen briefly explained the background of this event. He explained that the presentation of the Dutch start-up in the premises of the Gläsernee Manufaktur in Kempen is a result of the Dutch-German project “Equi-cross potentials”. The aim of this project is to link the equestrian and horse scene on both sides of the border more closely and to use the resulting synergies better.

In the following presentation, international flair was the order of the day in the Transparent Factory. Those who wanted to follow the lecture by the Dutch experts had to work out their English skills that evening. Because our own Jenny Schreven and Alain Broft explained the complex structure and sequence of their analysis procedure in English to about 20 invited guests.

We also showed that our services do not end when faulty movements are made visible. It also includes the downstream sports medical advice and support for the rider and his trainer. In this way, the further course of the training can be observed scientifically, regularly monitored and, if necessary, corrected in a targeted manner. On the basis of the data collected, we develop an individual training plan that is precisely tailored to the rider and his horse, which is evaluated every four weeks and adapted to the current training level.

The reason why Stübben, as a traditional upholstery company, is interested in this innovative, scientifically sound analysis and support process is obvious. Only if the interplay of equestrian aids and the reactions of the horse works smoothly, success can be achieved in training and in competition. And because the saddle is, so to speak, the “link” between the rider and his horse, its perfect fit on horseback is particularly important. With the new analysis method, it is now possible to find out in real time what the fit of the saddle is for both the horse and the rider.

Since all theory is also very dry, we offered at the end of the event to hold a practical demonstration for interested riders and trainers in the spring of next year. The exact date has not yet been determined. But after this evening it was clear to all participants: digitization can also be a valuable help in equestrian sports to help riders and their four-legged sports and leisure partners advance.

For this news update we adapted and used the text from the Stübben blog from author Karsten Kulms.