...but it's historic, nevertheless.
Many of you know that I ride and frequently talk about leadership lessons learned by accomplished equestriennes. As a matter of fact take a look here and here. Anyway, for the first time in 436 years, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna has had women riders in training. And all because there is a woman at the top! Another example of why it matters to get women to the top of organizations. See beautiful photos and read the story here.
"Allowing women to sit in the saddle marks a distinct break with tradition. But for Elisabeth Guertler, the director, opening up the exclusive club reflects the realities of modern life...
Spanish Riding School spokeswoman Barbara Sommersacher said Guertler, who started managing the institution less than a year ago, personally pushed for the candidacies of women to be taken into consideration.
“For her, it just wasn’t acceptable,” Sommersacher said. “For Ms. Guertler, traditions are good as long as they’re adapted to current times.”'