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Read more about Hassler Dressage and their upcoming Clinic June 21 with Michael Klimke.
Hassler Dressage at Riveredge—Building Relationships, Creating Community
Hassler Dressage has the distinct privilege of being based at Riveredge, a sensational property in Chesapeake City on the eastern shore of Maryland. Riveredge is owned by John and Leslie Malone. Since the year 2000, Scott and Susanne have provided support to Leslie’s horse farm, Harmony Sporthorses in Kiowa, Colorado and have provided advice as Leslie built her network of riders taking Harmony horses into sport. This includes the Hassler’s German friends Ingo and Susan Pape and Michael Klimke, who are each developing horses for Harmony’s breeding or sport program. What has developed is an international team to help service the community …with evidence that these riders are giving back through various educational outreaches like The Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium which the Hasslers created.
The Malones purchased Riveredge in early 2007 so that Hassler Dressage could conduct business within a beautiful estate setting and further inspire the equestrian community. In addition to their generosity toward the Hasslers, the Malones brought a wave of relief to the local community when they placed a conservation easement on much of Riveredge’s vast acreage through the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, protecting the equestrian and agricultural nature of this historic part of Maryland.
Formerly a prestigious thoroughbred farm, the 600- acre property already bears a park-like setting with 16- and 20- stall barns. Both will receive extensive renovations thanks to the artistic vision of Leslie Malone. With input from the Hasslers, the impressive renovations will transform one of the barns into a 28-stall training center. The training center will be home to an indoor arena equipped with built-in seating to help host the many educational events the Hasslers are committed to providing the community. The property will also utilize the 16-stall barn with an existing spacious walker; ideal for hosting visiting students, trainers and horses for events. All the buildings and farm function will be designed with an ecologically friendly focus in mind. The signature piece of Riveredge will be the fabulous half- mile dressage track, equipped with premium, year round footing, provided by Arena Works.
“We're delighted to announce that the first ground breaking at Riveredge took place the week before Christmas 2007. Arena Works, a specialized footing company founded in 2001 by Scott Hassler and his brother Chip, embarked on the track that is sure to become one of the memorable features of Riveredge. In addition to being utilized as a one-of-a-kind training site, the track will also provide the setting for Riveredge to host events for the sport horse community in the future. The construction of the new training facility will get underway in late spring of 2008.