Marianne Lichtwark was born in Freiburg, Breisgau, Black Forest, Germany, and upon finishing high school in 1976, she went on to do her training as a Equestrian Apprenticeship in Munenster, Westfalen, with Major A.D. Paul Stecken. This training took place at the “Westfaelische Reit-und Fahrschule E.H or in English the Government School for Professional Equestrian Training.
In 1979 she sat her final examination ,after a three year Apprenticeship to become a “Bereiter FN” ,in Warendorf at the “Deutsche Reitschule” with a grade of 80% (“Good”). Then from 1979 -1981 she stayed on training with Paul Stecken , where she furthered her education in Riding and specialising in Administration for Equestrian Centres and Studs. In 1981 she sat her final examination for “buerokaufmann” with a grade “Good” in Administration.
From 1981-1987 Marianne and her late husband, Diplom Trainer Edgar Lichtwark, managed the Equestrian Centre and Stud of the German Minister of Agriculture, Baron Heereman von Zuydtwck. The Centre involved running a School with over 150 riders in Dressage, Showjumping, Driving ( two and four in hand), Vaulting, and Eventing, up to the highest performance Olympic Levels, whilst also managing the Westfalian Stud with mares, stallions and young stock which had to be prepared for Auctions. During this time 3-4 Bereiter Apprentices trained with Marianne and Edgar under three year contracts, some staying after their exams to further their training.
In 1987 Marianne accompanied her late husband Edgar to Australia. They were brought out by Don Scott, the designer and builder of Horseworld Indoor Centre at Maryaylya near Windsor northwest of Sydney.
Following the Horseworld venture , Marianne and Edgar leased acreage in Nelson where they coached and trained riders and horses, and bred their much loved stallion Falkland II, who was by Imported Holsteiner Falkland I by Farnese/Faehnrich/Fachmann out of imp. Holstiener mare “Monoca” by Monopol/Molke/Maximus. In 2000 the family moved on to their own property in Glenorie where they continued their life’s work in the training of both horses and riders.
Heritage Riding is privileged to have Marianne visit monthly for Clinics, where she trains Heritage Riding based competition clients and her own outside clientele.