Austrian-born Licensed Straightness Training Instructor Dora Hebrock began her horse career as a teenager, tending horses and ponies on a farm in the Italian countryside. She later studied equine management at the Austrian Landwirtschaftliche Fachschule Tullnerbach (Agricultural College Tullnerbach) while obtaining her dressage, jumping, and driving licenses and her instructor’s license in vaulting. During research for her graduation thesis on the natural asymmetry of the horse, Dora discovered Marijke de Jong’s Straightness Training program – an innovative dressage training program based on the teachings of the European Grand Masters of the Art of Riding, comprised of five distinct training components (groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and liberty) – and began her studies with Marijke in 2013 while simultaneously undertaking the pursuit of becoming a Certified Hoof Care Professional through Liberated Horsemanship. In 2016, she married a fellow Hoof Care Professional, moved to the USA, and qualified for training to become a Straightness Training Instructor. In 2017, she completed her certifications as a Hoof Care Professional and Straightness Training Instructor. She is now one of only 23 ST Instructors worldwide and the only Grade 2 Instructor in the USA. Her training education experiences include attending clinics in Austria, the Netherlands, England, Germany, Spain, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA.
In her teaching career, Dora has taught Straightness Training throughout the USA, Canada, Austria, and Slovakia in person, and also teaches a worldwide community of students and training instructors in the form of online lessons as an Evaluator, Academy Coach, and Mentor Instructor. In 2019, she was invited to become a Field Instructor for Liberated Horsemanship, where her ongoing experiences include one-on-one trimming instruction in her daily practice as well as group instruction at LH’s annual international clinics. To deepen her understanding of the rider’s seat, she also obtained her certification as a Seat Instructor under Hanna Engström, a riding seat specialist native to Sweden, and most recently co-taught hoof care classes at The Ohio State University to Horse Management program students, and to veterinarians and doctors of animal chiropractic at the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association’s annual convention in Albuquerque, with her husband and hoof care practice partner Steve Hebrock.Certifications: Certified Hoof Care Professional, Certified and Licensed Straightness Training Instructor, Certified Seat Instructor, Certified Equine Management Professional
Education: Liberated Horsemanship - Certified Hoof Care Professional, Straightness Training Academy - Certified and Licensed ST Instructor, Ekeskogs-Ridingakademy - Certified Seat Instructor, Landwirtschaftliche Fachschule Tullnerback - Certified Equine Management Professional
Geographic Area Serviced: Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, White Rock, Taos
Area of Expertise: Equine Management Hoof Care Straightness Training Classical Dressage Rider Seat Training
Types of Horses: I work with all types of horses.