Johanna Memminger – Apprentice

Johanna Memminger- Level 1 Apprentice

My home is in the southern part of Germany, on the idyllic Allgäu countryside. I have loved horses as long as I can remember. At 57 years old, I'm probably the oldest of Mark's students.

For the past 20 years, my passion is the Missouri Foxtrotter. We have five fantastic mares of this breed living on our farm which is called the “Old Gravel Pit”. After meeting and purchasing the first Missouri Foxtrotter mare in 1993, my enthusiasm for this particular breed was on fire, so I traveled to Missouri in 1995 and then again in 1997 to gain more knowledge about breeding and training in the country of origin of my favorite horses. There I acquired three more mares. In the meantime, their children and grandchildren are enjoying the fresh, tasty Allgäu grass.

What's so special about our beautiful Allgäu property is the combination of art and horses in the holistic approach to healing. As a riding therapist, using these special horses has been one of my priorities for many years. ( We see adults, mainly women with cancer, depression, burnout or life crises, experience new joy and relaxation.

The first Extreme Trail encounters for me were in the summer of 2012. The Pauwels family invited me to participate in a 2 day course with the Baumbach family in Herbstein. As a fan of terrain work and natural horsemanship, I was more than impressed by this way to train horses.

Our property, “Hof Alte Kiesgrube” has a natural canyon. It is reminiscent of Karl May and Wild West! So we designed a trail this spring with various obstacles and a combination of adventuresome opportunities. These features of the old gravel pit gave rise to a unique kind of park. Noemie was thrilled to hold the first courses here. So it was clear to me that Extreme Trail could only be learned from Mister Extreme Trail Number 1, thus I quickly made my way to Washington. It was simply the best choice to be made!

Out of all my previous activities and trainings related to the Extreme Trail, my Washington experience was the “icing on the cake”. As part of the riding therapy, it represents a valuable addition. It would be a pleasure to inspire and support people with this type of horse training. It provides such harmony and joy with their horses. There is still much to learn from Mark and I'm looking forward to the next time. Mark is a terrific teacher with lots of patience and humor! Thank you so much Lee and Mark for such a fantastic time of learning and fun!