Verena Karle Costa
Master Degree in horse management with „Stensbek“ award (Pferdewirtschaftsmeister) and owner of Golden Riding Award is the youngest of 3 kids of a rider family. After concluding a graduation in the business area, she decided to change her career and passed with “Stensbek” the exam to be a professional rider (Pferdewirt Schwerpunkt Reiten).
Verena has been self-employed since 2008, first in cooperation with her parents Günther and Margret in the family stable. Responsible for the international market and showing and building up the horses.
For many years, Verena used the winter months for further education and training with well-known personalities, such as Hansi Bauer, Marcus and Johannes Ehning, stable Puck NL, stable Peter Geerink NL. In addition, many training sessions with Uwe Carstensen, Manfred Kötter, Josef Weishaupt, Helmut Hartmann, Karl Heinz Streng and Kurt Maier.
The training of young showjumpers up to higher classes is Verena’s main focus.
The indoor championship in the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart S *** (2007), 3rd place Baden-Württemberg Championship 2007, Baden-Württemberg Championess 2008, 3rd place Grand Prix CSI ** Ravensburg (2008) Württembergische Championess 2018 are some of Verena’s successes.
Ricardo Karle Costa
Graduated in Veterinary Medicine by the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, also licensed to work in Germany. Riding trainer level 1 by International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.
Started to ride at 6 years old at Jockey Club, Lisbon. While young rider, he was called to be part of the Portuguese team representing Portugal in the European Championship For Young Riders.
He was trained by well-known trainers, like the Olympic rider Francisco Caldeira for many years, Master Martins Abrantes (several times Portuguese Dressage Champion), Master Joaquim Almeida Sousa and Master Jorge Costa Santos.
Has also taken part in trainings with: Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst, Uwe Carstensen, Helmut Hartmann, Josef Weishaupt, Olympic rider Juan Diego Trevijano, Joao Pedro Rodrigues (EPAE) and Monty Roberts (to learn more about horsemanship).
When finished university, he started to work both as a Veterinary and as a Professional Rider. He worked on his own, running a training stable and a reproduction stable, where he had stallions like C-Indoctro II.
Later on, he worked in France with the Olympic Rider Miguel Faria Leal. Afterwards moved to Germany, where he worked as an employee in some stables, then he started to work on his own in Munich, where he met his future wife. Then, he gave up his business in Munich to work with his wife in the stable that belongs to Verena’s family.
Ricardo has trained several horses and riders up to higher classes.Placements up to CSI**.