has developed a system of training horses that combines the
core elements of the German and Swedish systems with her own,
unique, techniques. The system has been applied to many different
horse and rider combinations with great success. The basics
aim to develop the horse based on his own capabilities.
This is described in her book, Dressage
Kyra is a fundamentalist and believes strongly that the quality
of the paces reflect the basic training. Every horse that
comes for training is evaluated along the same lines - is
it forward, is it straight and is it submissive in a relaxed
way. Every pace, every movement depends on the quality of
the foregoing exercises. The riders, even international Grand
Prix riders, are evaluated for their effect on the horse and
their correct way of sitting and influencing the horse.
Kyra with some
of her students
outside her stable, in Finland,
1991, Kyra moved to Sweden, becoming chief dressage trainer
at Flyinge stud. As a result, this traditional Swedish stallion
centre was transformed into an international Mecca for dressage.
Towards the end of 1998, following many successful years in
Sweden, Kyra and her partner Richard moved to the United Kingdom.
They now live on a farm in West Sussex.
Kyra at the
Dressage Symposium at
Strömsholm, Sweden 2001
returning to Finland from Sweden and Germany Kyra started
her own business, Helsingin Kilpatalli (the Helsinki Competition
Stable), which she ran from 1976 until 1991. In
Finland, she was able to take the most important elements
of the systems she had learned abroad and translate these
into her own approach with outstanding
results. Kyra believes
that Finland, because of the scarcity of other trainers, afforded
her the opportunity to hone her system of training.
For many years, Kyra
was responsible for the training of the Finnish junior and
young-rider teams. Since 1985 they have won medals both individually
and as a team at Scandinavian and European championships.
She is very proud that all the riders
in the first ever Finnish Olympic dressage team (Seoul
1988) were her students and the team
sensationally placed sixth.
the national stud of Sweden.