Name: Karin & Gerhard Jes Krebs
HorseDream® The Corporate Approach
Gerhard about their journey to HorseDream and EAHAE International:
Karin and I had been self-employed since 1983 in the IT world, working around the clock. In 1989 we decided to go on a riding holiday. I was nearly 40 years old when I climbed a horse for the first time, and since then, I have not looked back.
We bought our first horse three months later and then our second one. We went through the so-called typical German riding education for one year and eventually left this scene because of the treatment of the horses. We continued learning on our own for the next two years.
The priorities in our daily life had changed entirely. Our IT business- customers were interested in what we did with the horses, too, and instead of inviting them for dinner, we invited them to the horses.
At the end of 1995, one of our employees suffered from stress hormones and wanted to leave the company. We offered her six months sabbatical but asked her to come with us to the horses once a week. She agreed, worked with us once a week, without a concrete concept, and three months later, she felt fine again to get back into IT business. This experience was the reason to develop a horse-assisted program for corporates.
We started with test seminars with our business friends and their families and went to the open market at the beginning of 1998. From the very first beginning, we did nearly everything on our own – with the help of lots of books and with the help of the horses. The name of our educational product HorseDream stands for two facets of leadership, management, and personal development:
The Horse is a very present being, very real, always living in the here and now. That makes people working with horses in Horse Assisted Seminars learn about 100 % presence, responsibility, self-confidence, awareness, and all that is necessary to develop leadership skills.
But the Horse, with its historical and mystical background, is also a Dream. It opens horizons, changes belief systems, and empowers people to step out of the box.
So HorseDream means exactly what is needed in modern business life: reality and vision – both concepts are incorporated in this name. Today our partners and we live this dream: to establish Horse Assisted Education as a standard way of further education in companies, organizations and for personal purposes.
In August 2004, we founded the EAHAE, the “European” Association for Horse Assisted Education. The vision was to establish and develop Horse Assisted Education (HAE) as a general form of personal and professional development in enterprises, organizations, institutions, societies, and for personal purposes.
Therefore we collected all sorts of trainers and people who were interested in HAE without looking for any quality standard. The tasks were to connect all, publish the activities on the internet platform, and organize a yearly conference.
Everybody who was providing HAE in Europe could become a full member. An associated member could become who was providing HAE outside Europe or who was not yet providing Horse Assisted Education but wanted to cooperate with a full member or support the work of the association.
With the 4th Annual Conference held 14 – 16 November 2008 at Sielanka Farm, near Warsaw, Poland, the organisation’s development was brought to a new level. Stepping into the next period meant to focus on quality. Since 2009 a new member can only become who first attended an EAHAE-authorized Train The Trainer seminar. Before having participated in this seminar, new members can be associated as “EAHAE Friends”.
At the qualifying seminar, participants experience five categories of hands-on exercises:
– communication at distance and nearness
– goal orientation
They learn about three fundamental categories of transfer models:
– leading positions
– team atmosphere and company culture
– personal development
Participants get a one-day and a two-day concept, hand-outs for participants included. An EAHAE member is allowed to use these concepts and adapt them to their own opportunities, such as the number of horses, number of participants, facility etc.