Chrissa Hoffmann made the big leap from her beautiful training facility in Ocala, to another ideal location in Vero Beach, Florida pretty much without skipping a beat. Now in the heart of the 2015 winter season near Wellington Wonderland, Chrisa Frith Hoffmann Dressage continues to enhance her long time career as dressage trainer, competitor, and agent for quality horses for sale. It was at the Global Dressage Festival on February 7, Hoffmann introduced Johan Ifverson’s 7-year-old Swedish Warmblood Faustus to the Markel/USEF Developing Horse program. In the third horse show of his life moving up from third level last year she negotiated the 17.3 H in the test, designed to showcase the 7-9 year old in a version of the Prix St Georges created for this division. Hoffmann who has declared Faustus by Fidertanz x Liberty Son v Lord Liberty for the program which will be hosted in August at The Lamplight Equestrian Center, got an early start earning a 68.3 and catching the eye of Developing coach Debbie McDonald.
“I like this program a lot because it showcases horses who are talented within an age group from 7-9 years old,” said Chrissa, who is doing the program for the first time. “I find it a bit more challenging than the actual PSG test as it is longer with the five loop serpentine, which is a difficult movement for a horse especially of his size (17.3) as it requires so much balance. He has a lot of power in his canter so I have really been working on the balance. I also think it takes the right horse to be a part of this program as not all of them are mentally or physically capable of doing a test as challenging as this one. Just like not all young horses fit into the young horse program.
Debbie McDonald was very complementary and approached Hoffmann regarding working with her in the future. “It is nice that this program is conducted in such a way as team coaches and riders of her caliber are supporting horses and riders like us.”
Chrissa Hoffmann credits USET Team veteran Catherine Haddad who has been helping her in her training preparing for the next big step with the massive gelding. I'd like to give her some credit as well.
“And a huge thank you to the biggest supporter Markel, they are the reason this program started, exists and is successful! “