Passion, curiosity, willpower, wealth of ideas and curiosity are characteristics that have made Johan Zagers an internationally successful instructor, rider and sought-after coach. For many years, the multiple Grand Prix winner has created a training center that is known far beyond the borders of Germany.
Johan Zagers combines his experience with all aspects of sports science in the training theory. Clinics in Brazil, Australia, USA, Belgium and Poland complete his work and open up new doors for ideas and inspiration. There is a long list of pupils and horses, who under his guidance managed the successful leap into the difficult class and gained success in the Grand Prix Sport.
Growing up as the son of a horse-bound entrepreneur, Johan Zagers already sat in the saddle when he was a child and with the age of 15, he already improved his pocket money with the training of horses. After studying philosophy and religious sciences and two years as a teacher, a serious car accident suddenly made him aware of the great personal significance that the horse sport has for him. The medical prophecy, riding would not be possible for him being 23-year-old, did not let him resign, but stung his will to fight for his passion. After a year and a half, filled with rehabilitation and hospital stays, Johan Zagers was able to get back into the saddle for the first time.
In 1985, he began his training with the internationally successful dressage rider Jan Nivelle at the Mülheim stud school Eschenbruch of the Tummes family. In 1990 he earned his “Bereiter” with Stensbeck award.
In 1994, the native Belgian settled down at the Nothenhof riding facility in Düsseldorf and sealed his self-employment in 1995 with the master’s test, also including the Stensbeck plaque. In March 2009, the entire stable moved to the Reitanlage Pegasus to Wülfrath. After an eventful five years on this modern, very large training facility, the dressage stall moved again in 2014 to the much more compact stables “Henscheshof”, an equestrian facility in Erkrath near Düsseldorf, with optimal training facilities in an ideal transport connection.
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