About Illa Knappik

I started in the fields of medicine, psychology and marketing to have my first experiences at work for a plenty of years. Then, Sardinia island attracted me a lot and I began to organize high quality riding holidays in Sardina and also to accompany the rides as a guide, which is quite successfully working.
For further information see: www.sardinienhorse.de

When I had my first trip to Mexico, I was deeply impressed by the variety and contrariness of this country. My way brought me - I am sure, not just by accident - to Mary Jane and Bobby to the Pitaya Ranch. We rode together, there was sympathy from the first moment, and so the idea of a collaboration was born. I am happy about that.




  • Born and grown up in Bavaria, Germany, mother of two children.
  • Several semesters studying Medicine, then Communication Science and Romance Languages and Literature. Graduated with a degree and state certification in Translation.
  • Several years working in the field of Public Relations and Marketing.
  • Since 1995 focussing the field of Psychology, 10 years different studies in this field, finally certified as a Natural Health Professional for Psychotherapy;
    since then, counselling clients using psychotherapy.
  • Horse riding: I had a passion for horses since my youth, started riding at the age of 15. For 6 years I had a horse of my own, I started in several tourneys, and - travelling around the world - I joined a few riding excursions in different countries.
  • Since 2007: free-lance author for several magazines.
  • In 2009 I started to organize psychological seminars (self-development) and riding holidays on Sardinia.
  • 2013: further education as trainer for "coaching with horses"
  • planned in 2013/2014: further education in horse-based psychotherapy