About Petra Beltran

“I teach a classically correct approach where the horses’ well being — mind and body — comes first.”

The Path

Petra Beltran brings her deep experience and exposure in renowned European riding schools and academies to White Horse Dressage. While in her native Czech Republic, she managed the State Stud Farm in Kladruby — the first woman to do so in the stud farm’s 450+ year history. There, she credits her work with Dr. Norbert Zalis (the stud farm’s head trainer), Egon von Neindorff (a close friend of Dr. Zalis), and Melissa Simms (a protoge of Mr. von Neindorff) as influencing the trainer she is today. She also trained with Arthur Kottas from the Spanish Riding School.

Becoming master

A long-time protege of the late Melissa Simms, Petra continues the tradition of European academic dressage into the next generation. She is an emerging Master in her own right.


All of her students benefit from her deep knowledge base, systematic and compassionate approach. They are often amazed at her ability to articulate and make complex concepts of dressage accessible for amateurs and younger professionals alike. Petra is a rare gem in the horse world and will not sell horses or push them too quickly physically — a testament to the years managing the State Stud Farm.

Petra’s Teachers and Influencers

Melissa Simms
Dr. Norbert Záliš
Reitinstitute Egon von Neindorff
Renée Fleming