The 25 horse and rider field competing in the first leg of the very large Intermediere I CDI, the Prix St. George, was somewhat unique in gender representation. In a sport often dominated by women, this PSG-CDI class had eight men competing, three of them on two horses, and two mares, both ridden by Jan Ebeling from Moorpark, CA, placed in the top five. Ebeling skillfully presented Sandrina, a 16.3 hand 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Ann Romney, to win the large class with a 67.675. He placed 4th with a 66.535 on Deborah Harlan’s Rosenzauber 8, a black 17.1 hand Hanoverian mare by Rotspon. Ebeling was very happy with Sandrina’s Prix St. Georges test. “She was quite good, and fairly easy to ride in the test, “ he stated. This was Rosenzauber 8’s first Intermediere I CDI. She had competed in the Developing Prix St. Georges last year. Ebeling felt pretty happy with how she performed, though said, “She was not too fond of competing later in the day.” She will compete in her second ever Intermediere 1 in this CDI.
When asked how he ended up having several mares in training, Ebeling replied, “I used to not want mares. Now I have so many and they are doing very well.” Ebeling’s German partner, Christian Heinrich was the one who contacted him about purchasing Ralfalca, the Grand Prix mare. Heinrich told him, “You must buy Ralfalca, a mare, this is your horse.” Ebeling replied to him, “No, I must not buy a mare.” As we know, Ralfalca did end up in his barn, and Heinrich continued to find these two mares, Sandrina and Rozenzauber 8. After reviewing his scores, it is clear Ebeling has the needed finesse to bring out the best with the mares.