For Debra Wiedmaier making the trip to Rosebrook Farm in Georgetown Mass to participate in the Young Horse Training session with USEF Young Horse trainer Scott Hassler was a break from her busy schedule running her facility DW Dressage in Millbrook New York, yet an opportunity for her to present Guy Wildenstein’s, Freibeuter, a 5-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Florencio x Fabrice to Hassler. Wiedmaier has trained multiple young horses to FEI who then achieved long listed status to the US Team, and like “Fried Butter” many of hers and her clients’ horses she selected as foals in Europe. A professional who has trained and competed in Europe under the tutelage of some of the world’s top dressage mentors, Wiedmaier came away from her session with Hassler enlightened and inspired.
“Markel/USEF Young Horse proved to be a great weekend, and a great experience with the great Scott Hassler. As a professional, I am always open to learning from all quarters and I especially valued the insights and observations shared by Scott. He has a tremendous eye, depth of knowledge and thorough understanding of young horses. The USEF young horse program is extremely well served with Scott at its helm. Personally I benefitted greatly from Scott's analysis and his recommendations for furthering the talent of ‘Freibeuter’ the 5-year-old I presented to him. Thank you Markel/USEF and Scott!”
Wiedmaier's focus in the past 10 years has been on managing and developing her training business in Millbrook at DW Dressage. With a barn full of exceptional dressage horses and clients who are amateur and professional, Wiedmaier turned her focus from the high profile achievements on the USET Dressage Long List and Team aspirations to her thriving year-round business in New York. Applying her 30 years of international experience and training with such mentors Nuno Oliveria and Patrick Le Roland, former head coach of the “Cadre Noir” she is now mentor and trainer to her students, yet appreciates the input from Hassler in the field which is also her specialty; recognizing the qualities of a young horse and their ability to evolve into a Grand Prix star.
It is exciting to have a trainer of the caliber of Wiedmaier involved in the Young Horse program which represent expanded opportunities to breeders, owners, trainers and riders.
You can learn more about Debra Wiedmaier by visiting her website at DWDressage.com