Thanks to Rich Moore for editing!

Thanks to Martina Gates, Gigja Einarsdottir, Debbie Cook, Andreas Eichelmann and Neil Schloner for allowing me to use some of your photos!

Thanks to Barb and Dan Riva for allowing me to use photos of their facility, horses and students! 


Let me introduce myself.

4-Beat LLC is a very small owner operated business specializing in teaching and training, emphasizing on Icelandic Horses and on very individual training.

I am a German Certified Icelandic Horse Trainer (IPZV Trainer C - IPZV is the German Icelandic Horse Congress) and a USIHC national sport judge B. I have over 30 years of experience with different horse breeds and riding styles.

In 2002, my husband Andreas and I moved from Germany to the US. Whatever time I had was soon to be filled with horses in every possible way. I played polo; I was on the board of a therapeutic riding facility; and I started working for Barb and Dan Riva at Winterhorse Park in Wisconsin  - one of the largest Icelandic horse farms in North America offering training, lessons, clinics, competitions and many other events for Icelandic horse enthusiasts. Working at Winterhorse offered great opportunities for further education such as clinics and lessons with well-known world-class clinicians and the chance to work closely with some of them for several months a year.

In 2007, my husband Andreas and our horse Kraftur moved from Wisconsin to Michigan. We soon added another furry friend to our family - Svafnir came to help with lessons and found his way into our hearts quickly. 

Over the past 15 years since our move to the US, I have traveled to Germany and Iceland for internships, lessons and seminars and have worked with: Janine Koehler, Gudmar Petursson, Marlise Grimm, Suzan Beuk, Steinar Sigurbjörnsson, Sigrun Brynjarsdottir, Elisabeth Berger, Helga Thoroddsen, Ann- Christin Kloth, Silke Feuchthofen and other trainers to further educate myself. I continue to pursue my passion by furthering my studies of the Icelandic horse whenever possible.

After scribing and co- judging with many Internaional FEIF judges as well as attending judging seminars with Marlise Grimm and Thorgeir Gudlaugsson over the past decade, I got certified as a national judge B in 2016 and am now looking forward to gaining more experience as a judge.

I am currently an active member of the United States Icelandic Horse Congress (USIHC) and greatly enjoy working for it's education committee as well as the QUARTERLY magazine. 
photo Gigja Einarsdottir