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.
In the year 2009 I started to organize personal development journeys in Sardinia, my new home.
See: www.living-forward.de

Being a passionate rider since I was a girl, it happened that I discovered Sardinia also as a "horse island". Thus the idea arose to organize also riding vacancies apart from the psychological seminars. The field "Riding on Sardinia" became more and more important, so that I decided to dedicate a new web site to these riding trips, together with the topics "Coaching with horses" and "Hippotherapy". 
So, sardinienhorse was born….


  • 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".
  • 2014:  Certification as Trainer for "horse-assisted coaching"
    since then active member of the network "HorseSense International"
  • 2016: Training and certificate as Equestrian Tourist Guide (exam by the German Federation National)
  • 2017: Further education "Riding Therapy" and certification - ISAAT (Internation Society for Animal Assisted Therapy)