Ivana Kovaříková & Tesstino Grade 2

Ivana Kovaříková & Tesstino Grade 2

Ivana Kovaříková, our ST Instructor in the Czech Republic, graduated in the Straightness Training Academy in Grade 2 in all five training pillars: groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and Straightness Training (ST) at liberty.

Congratulations, Ivana, and thanks for taking the time to share your STory with us!


❝Tesstino came to me 4 years ago as an OTTB.

Being in racing sport for 5 years he was unbalanced physically and emotionally.

I already bought him with the idea of an ST journey in mind.

I felt excited and little worried.

I wanted to help him and learn more about a type of a horse I have never met before.

ST worked for me and my previous horse very well:


I was convinced ST can be even better for a horse like Tesstino and I can get more experience with a completely different horse.

I already knew that taking the logical steps of progressive touchstones would be the best way to go.

After completing Grade 1 it took me a while to fully grasp Basic Grade 2 essence.

Especially GW2 was an obstacle that really checked my perseverance.

ST journey for me is an endless path with continuous self-mastery.

If I hadn´t chosen this path we (me and my horse) would probably be struggling with his physical issues and mutual misunderstanding.

After completing my Grade 1 and Grade 2 journey I can see and feel so many changes in myself and my horse.


Tesstino came to me to teach me patience, humbleness, compassion, love and understanding.

Thanks to ST journey with Tesstino my life perception has completely shifted.

I have been able to look at him and all others through new glasses and even see more than meets the eye.

~ Ivana Kovaříková, the Czech Republic

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