Klaus Fraessdorf Passes Away


Klaus Fraessdorf, the man instrumental is starting the “Dressage in Florida Winter Circuit" has lost his brave battle with cancer and passed peacefully yesterday, on the closing day of August, 2009 with his wife Maria at his side.  Longtime organizer of dressage shows in Orlando Florida at the Clarcona Horseman’s Park, and publisher of the DIF Omnibus, Fraessdorf began the popular [#28548 override="Heidelberg Cup" title="Heidelberg Cup"] competition, luring dressage competitors annually from their nesting place in Wellington. In 1984 he took the chance, as a show manager, to restart FEI/CDI competitions in the United States in  which proved to be a great success. He was an active participant at the USDF Conventions and accepts controversial challenges to promote the progress the sport of dressage by having organized special events for the USAEQ, USET and FEI. In his final years he fought the tough battle of cancer “So I can be around to enjoy my grandchildren as long as possible.”
Do you have a Klaus story to share? If so please send an e-mail to mary@horsesdaily.com, and we will post to dressagedaily in his memory.
Klaus Fraessdorf is a German native and started to learn the never-ending discipline of Olympic style riding as a teenager in Germany. Cavalry officers were his primary instructors. The philosophy was based on the German curriculum laid down by the German equestrian federation.

Klaus competed around Berlin in driving, eventing and dressage. He was fortunate enough to have competed briefly in the Grand Prix de Dressage Level in 1957-1958 in Germany until his mount, owned by the East German Government, was reassigned. He instructed/ coached in the United States students to achieve their USPC "A" rating and has several USDF Bronze Medal Students to his credit.


Klaus is a licensed USAEQ. "R" Dressage Judge, “R” Technical Delegate, and held the rating of Dressage Chief Steward with the F.E.I.  He conducts clinics throughout the states and abroad. He was instrumental in establishing the well known “Dressage in Florida Winter Circuit", and the Dressage in Florida Omnibus, known internationally as The Blue Book. He also took the chance, as a show manager, to restart FEI/CDI competitions in the United States in 1984; which proved to be a great success. He was an active participant at the USDF Conventions and accepts controversial challenges to promote the progress the sport of dressage by having organized special events for the USAEQ, USET and FEI.

Klaus has resided in Florida for over 30 years and retired his boarding and teaching facility in order to provide more time freelancing. Currently, he judges, gives clinics, takes consulting assignments, publishes the Blue Book and helps to keep improving the Florida Dressage Circuit.

As a dressage judge, Mr. Fraessdorf rewarded the correctness of basic training in a horse.  He stated: “A free moving horse, which does not present a mechanical contraption, will be a happy horse. I like to see happy horses; the rider did a fine job. When riders pull their horses into their shoulders, by neglecting to receive the horse in their hand; not allowing the horse to swing up and forward, with a relaxed back and poll, I will make certain that this, the biggest rider mistake, will be reflected by lower scores.   Especially in the lower levels (up to second level), horses which move forward with confidence, unrestricted, willing to listen, with occasional "growing mistakes” will be rewarded for their correct training."

“As a Clinician, I see it as my duty to be at first, honest to the rider. It is very important to me that the rider understands what my objectives are to improve the balance, confidence, and mental improvement of the horse. Each horse is a single entity; books can not train a horse; they can only help the rider to understand the foundations of correct training; Meaning, the rider has to be better trained than the horse, which he/she is attempting to train. A 70% First Level horse has been trained correctly; a 52% Grand Prix horse is just a statement for the rider to claim to compete in Grand Prix; the horse, on the other hand, was certainly not trained correctly.”

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Do you have a Klaus story to share? If so please send an e-mail to mary@horsesdaily.com, and we will post to dressagedaily in his memory.




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