Horsemanship to Haute École

A systematic guide for dressage training on the ground

Verlag Silke Vallentin u. Karin Schöpke GbR

Passion “Haute École”

Silke never stopped seeking further education and training. Through these varied trainings, her true passion developed: high level dressage.

Throughout her many years as a trainer, Silke has successfully bridged the gap between horsemanship and “serious” dressage. Her horse training is based on harmony and communication, intuition, and gut feeling. Silke and her team show, that once you have established this communication, it’s no longer about WHETHER your horse moves, but HOW he moves. On this topic, her four part training DVD “A Mental Connection” was released in 2014.


Hippocampus Vallentin

More than a decade ago, Silke fulfilled a lifelong dream and bought a farm near the German city of Leipzig. Over the years, this became her training center “Hippocampus Vallentin” – an international learning place for enthusiastic horsemanship students.

The facility, which covers a good 7 hectares, includes spacious pastures, a paddock trail, a wide outdoor riding arena and a large horse playground with swimming pond, balance beam, bridge, seesaw and many other obstacles. The newly modernized indoor riding arena allows for relaxed, goal-oriented training even in bad weather. There Silke offers training courses, intensive weeks and vacation camps. For the students and their horses, overnight accommodations are available directly on the campus.

The Hippocampus is also the training center for Silke’s show team. Here they meet regularly to practice and to make music. They performed the horse musical “Fuego – Call of the Fire” and showed their knowledge at horse fairs and horse events all over Europe.

New changes in life

Silke Vallentin has been a Parelli instructor with heart and soul for over 20 years and can draw on more than 30 years of active experience and development with horses. Now it was time for a change:

On Jan. 1, 2021, Silke left the Parelli program to have more time to concentrate on her trainer activity on the Hippocampus. Today she combines dressage and healthy movements with liberty training, trust and her talent to catch and encourage people and horses at the right spot. She still passes on her wealth of knowledge in courses throughout Europe, but additionally trains her own Hippocampus-instructors.



Janek Vallentin, Juniorchef

Silke is actively supported by her son Janek, junior boss of the family business, full-time horsemanship trainer and qualified equine osteopath. His focus is mainly on healthy movement, trust work, trailer loading, liberty training and biomechanics.

Would you like to attend one of my courses?

 I travel throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the rest of Europe all year round. During the holidays, I hold training camps where participants stay overnight at my training centre. You can find dates and information about where to sign up on my website: