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Axel Steiner

Axel Steiner
Dressage

Website: www.axelsteiner.com
Wife Terri's Artwork: www.terrimiller.com
 

Axel Steiner was born and grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he started riding as a youngster. His first show was the famous Wiesbaden CDI, where he showed in Dressage Seat Equitation at the age of nine. He later attended the well known dressage meccas of the Reitinstitut von Neindorff and Warendorf.

In 1961, Axel emigrated to the US (San Antonio,Texas) to join the Air Force. While waiting to be accepted and thereafter while stationed in Texas he started teaching basic horsemanship and dressage. During these early days, he also competed throughout the Southwest on the horses of the US Modern Pentathlon team. In 1968, Axel received his first judging credentials, and he has been judging and teaching ever since. Even when his military duties took him to locations throughout the US and foreign countries, horses were always a part of his life. His skills and unfailing eye were recognized by riders and officials alike, and he was promoted quickly through the many judges' classifications. An FEI "O" (now 5*) judge since 1988, he has judged Olympics, World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, and many other championships here in the US and throughout the world. Along the way, he participated in the founding of the USDF in 1973, became a member of the USDF "L" faculty since the inception of the program, and has been a long-time member of the USEF Dressage Committee.



Axel SteinerAxel balances his judging duties with teaching and clinics around the country, which keep him "in touch" and appreciative of the look and feel from both "A" and "C". Axel retired from the US Air Force as a Lt/Col. He has a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren, and in 2000 he married the well known photographer and painter Terri Miller. They now live happily in Lake San Marcos, which is just north of San Diego.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Axel's Video Topics


Progressive Levels of Dressage - First Level

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. In this video, Axel and rider, Beth Shafer, take a 10 year old Lusitano stallion through some of the basic movements required in First Level Tests.

Running Time:  13 minutes and 51 seconds

Progressive Levels of Dressage - Fourth Level

This video is part of a video series by Axel Steiner (FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician) that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels.

Fourth level is the last National dressage level and prepares the horse and rider for the International levels. There are a lot of new requirements in this level including a collected walk, very collected canter, walk pirouettes and multiple flying changes on the diagonal. In this video, Axel and rider, Skyler Evans, take her 9-year old Westphalian gelding through some of the basic movements required in Fourth Level Tests.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 41 seconds

Progressive Levels of Dressage - Second Level

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. In this video, Axel and rider, Laura Converse, take her 7 year old Swedish mare through some of the basic movements required in Second Level Tests.

Running Time: 20 minutes and 45 seconds

Progressive Levels of Dressage - Third Level

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. In this video, Axel and rider, Donna Richardson, take her 10 year old Lusitano gelding through some of the basic movements required in Third Level Tests.

Running Time:  12 minutes and 9 seconds

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Progressive Levels Of Dressage: International Levels

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. In this video, Axel and riders, Sandra Hansen & Donna Richardson, demonstrate on their horses the advanced movements required in the International Levels; Prix St. George through Grand Prix.

Running Time: 18 minutes and 20 seconds

Progressive Levels Of Dressage: Introductory Level

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. In this video, Axel and rider, Sandra Hansen, take her 3 year old Friesian/Knabstrupper gelding through some of the basic movements required in an Introductory Level test.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 28 seconds

Progressive Levels Of Dressage: Series Prologue

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. This video is Axel's introduction to the series.

Running Time: 5 minutes and 25 seconds

Progressive Levels Of Dressage: Training Level

A video series by Axel Steiner, FEI 5* Dressage Judge and clinician, that examines the history of dressage and the different requirements for each level of competitive dressage from the National to International levels. In this video, Axel and rider, Stephanie Field, take her 4 year old German Riding Pony gelding through some of the basic movements required in a Training Level test.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 27 seconds