ARTHUR KOTTAS-HELDENBERG was born in Vienna in 1945. In 1960, Kottas succeeded in joining the Spanish Riding School as a (trainee). Progressing rapidly, he became an Assistant Rider in 1964 and a Rider in 1969.
In 1981 he became Chief Rider, and in 1983 Riding Master. From 1995 until retiring from the School in 2002 he was First Chief Rider.
In recent years, Kottas has been in great demand as a trainer and holds clinics regularly on an international basis. With a philosophy of training and riding firmly rooted in the precepts of the Spanish Riding School, he is a fervent advocate of true classical horsemanship.