Academic Art of Riding was founded by Bent Branderup, and he writes:
"Academic Art of Riding means to bring the Historical Art of Riding from the past back to life again. The horse must be trained according to its abilities, concerning both body and mind. Thoughtful gymnastic exercises will keep horses healthy and long living. The academic riders see riding as an art form, an art of movement like ballet."
To uphold these values, Bent founded a Knighthood – a community of passioned horse people who share fundamental ideals and have a basic level of skills. It is an international academy with the main tasks of research and education, always aware of ethical aspects that concern the human-equine relationship.
Hanna Engström is a licenced Bent Branderup Trainer.