She has a wide range of qualifications and has worked with many prestigious trainers over the last 20 years.
Carla began her training from a young age in dressage and show jumping. After completing high school, she attended the University of Muenster, Germany where she earned a degree in economics and then went on to do 2 years of full-time training at the FS-Equestrian Center in Reken, Germany, an innovative center for leisure riders for over 30 years. (Linda Tellington wrote her first book here).
Over the years, she has become familiar with different styles of riding such as western and classical Spanish and French dressage riding and in the process has worked with a variety of horses and riders.
Carla is accredited by the German National Federation for horse riding (FN – Federation National) and achieved the highest level, that of trainer level A. In addition to her accreditation by the German National Federation, she is a level 3 Centered Riding Instructor and has been licensed by Sally Swift since 1994. During her years of teaching and riding, she has continued to see different trainers as a way to improve her own abilities so that she employs a wide range of techniques and talents.
As a means to better understand balance, she studied yoga and became an instructor, improving her ability to train riders and use exercise effectively. It is through her own intuition that she finds what her stundents need, tailoring to their individual situations, and finds the best course of action. Carla currently is a traveling riding instructor, with clients in Europe and the US, working with owners who want to improve their riding abilities through clinics and private lessons and having their horses trained. She lives in California with her husband and a big dog named Columbus.