Only days after her announcement that Lisette Milner will be returning home to Wellington, Florida, after having trained with Ernst Hoyos in Germany for 18 months, Milner got the best good bye present she could dream: a double victory at the national dressage show in Hagen, Germany.
Riding her KWPN licensed breeding stallion Eminence (Burggraaf x Santa Luigi), Lisette Milner won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the national show at PSI's Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany. Scoring 66.73% in the Grand Prix, Milner dominated a field of 20 all-German Grand Prix competitors. The next day she rose to the occasion once again and repeated an extraordinary win in the Grand Prix Special.
"I cannot believe I won two days in a row," Milner said excitedly. "Of course, it's not the Olympics, but it is very hard competing here. The judges are not generous when they do now know your name. I'm so thrilled. Even Ernst was happy!"
Lisette's European training camp has been a lifetime experience and Milner pays much gratitude to her host Gerd Knoop of Gestüt Hoftehof. "He's my manager at shows. He helps me find my way in Europe and helps me get organized for competitions," Milner explained. "Höftehof sponsored me to get into the show in Hagen. This was so generous of them."
"Hagen is one of the most beautiful shows it sits in the hills and all the stalls, buildings are old world. It was fantastic to sit and watch the jumpers with the mountains and hot air balloons in the distance. Basically it was a beautiful day," Milner said, adding that "it's been an unbelievable ending to this 18 months of Germany."
Lisette Milner Returning to Florida After Training with Ernst Hoyos in Germany
When Milner packed herself and her three horses in the late spring of 2003, it was just supposed to be for the summer months. However, she was having the experience of a life time and could not pass up the opportunity to train longer with Hoyos, who is based at Gerd Knoop’s Gestüt Höftehof in Meppen, Germany.
Milner was fortunate enough to be accepted by Ernst Hoyos as his student. The former Spanish Riding School trainer is very strict in taking on new students and is currently only working with the world’s best, such as Olympic team bronze medallist Lisa Wilcox and many other top European riders. He has also coached Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty to Olympic gold and individual silver.
“I have learned so many things, but what has been really stressed is that the rider’s position is everything,” Milner said. “If the position of the rider is good, the horse will go well. I learned to understand and listen to my horse. You have to feel the back and the hind legs and listen to what the horse’s mind and body is telling you. This Ernst Hoyos stressed more than any other trainer.”
Milner’s European journey is coming to end mid October 2004, when she’s flying herself and her horses Eminence, Lorenzo’s Fire and Solaris home. She will return to her beautiful new Morningside Farm in Wellington , Florida , to start another chapter in her life as a new and improved dressage rider and teacher.
Lisette Milner Glad to Go Home
Milner is glad to be going home, but realises what she will leave behind. “I will surely miss my trainer Ernst and Gerd Knoop, who has been my manager at horse shows. Without him I would have been lost in translation. I also loved the European life style. In Europe , every weekend there is something going on with horses, whether it’s a show, or an auction. But I’m happy to go home again to my husband, who has supported me the entire time I was in Europe . I miss my husband and my American life. I miss my ‘home’.”
Lisette Milner will be back in Florida mid October 2004 and has planned to compete her horses Eminence (KWPN, by Burggraaf x Santa Luigi xx) and Lorenzo’s Fire (KWPN, by Zuidhoorn x Bismarck ) in the Grand Prix during the 2005 Dressage in Florida show circuit.
Milner has a limited amount of stalls available at her Morningside Farm in Wellington for riders who wish to train with her and prepare themselves for the upcoming Florida show season. Her students will be able to share in the knowledge Lisette has gathered from riding and competing with Ernst Hoyos in Europe .
Discover Lisette Milner and Morningside Farm online at the new and improved website www.morningsidedressage.com Make sure you leave a note in the guestbook as Lisette loves to hear from all who visited.