KINGA IS BORN
I was born on the 4th of February in Łęczyca, Poland. From the early age I showed a great interest in animals, especially in horses. This way, by putting pressure on my parents, the house was full of animals. There were cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, a rat, aquarium fish, pigeons, and a turte. But I never had my own horse.
I started horse riding at the age of 14 in a very small recreation school nearby my home place. I was brave enough to ask the owner if I could help in the stable in exchange for riding lessons. In that place I could only learn riding in three gaits. It was a place without any further opportunities for development, therefore it was hard for me to get more advanced knowledge and skills. Despite this, that experience awakened my passion that continues till today. Being so young, dependent on parents and living in a village often limits the hopes and dreams. But not for me! 🙂
Besides horse riding I was a member of Municipal Athletics Club. During this time I was training high jumping and hurdling. I stood on the podium several times and also repeatedly represented my school in sports competitions in long-distance runs, long jumps and volleyball.
MEMBER OF "RIFLEMAN" ASSOCIATION
While studying at the high school I found a great interest in participating in patriotic paramilitary organisation. Thanks to this experience, I managed to gain useful knowledge and practical experience for working in uniformed services which I was interested in those days.
I finished Pedagogical studies at the oldest Pedagogy Univerysty in Poland called “Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education” in Warsaw. I acquired the necessary knowledge and skills for working with people with special needs and with “difficult” teenagers.
CLASSICAL DRESSAGE IN PORTUGAL
I never considered staying in Poland to continue learning horse riding. One day I got an opportunity to learn classcial dressage from a Portugese rider, Pedro Neves. Since then, Portugal has become my second home. Here, for the very first time I rode Iberian horses, completely falling in love with their beauty and courage. I also had a pleasure to ride a known bull fighting horse, ride on wonderful Portugese beaches and get to know this wonderful culture.
During that time I was still thinking about going in the directon of Natural Horsemnship. Luckily here I find out about Academic Art of Riding and slowly become more interested in it.
ACADEMIC ART OF RIDING - FIRST CONTACT
My first contact with the Academic Art of Riding happend in Sweden. My trainer and mentor was Leonie-Sophia Fasse. During the 3-months long intensive training I have got an overview into the Academic Art of Riding, Centered Riding, Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning. I lernt not only technical methods of horse training but also developed a deep insight into myself with Mindfulness training. Since then I have decided to follow the Academic Art of Riding method but I never wanted to use it separately from the others valuable methods.
ACADEMIC ART OF RIDING IN PORTUGAL
Since I felt Portugal as my “home” place, I really wanted to come back there. Luckily I found Dörte Bialluch Vaz Pinto (licenced trainer of Bent Branderup) in her sunny paradise nearbay the Atlantic ocean. Another 3-months long training filled the gaps in my knowladge making puzzels fit together like never before. It was a wonderful time to learn from Dörote not only the Academic art of Riding but also to see her communicating with horses in liberty.
EXPEDITION TO THE SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE
Finally, I have got a lifetime opportunity to train under the supervision of the founder of the Academic Art of Riding – Bent Branderup. Even though I haven’t got my own horse, I had the chance to be taught. I had to face a challanging occasion of training a 7 y.o. New Forest pony. For the first time in my life, I had a chance to teach a horse from the beginning. I was very excited how much we can achive in 3 months. We were focussed mainly on groundwork and longening and were working on finding the correct balance, shape and suppleness, the three most important parts of basic horse training. Apart from that I gained a lot of knowladge just by participating in other people’s lessons with Bent and watching himself training horses.
It was a unique time to get into the details of horse training and develop my skills in perceiving how much horses differ from each other and all of them need a different, individualised training aproach.