Lafayette, IN- Margaret and Jennifer Kaiser of Kaiser Dressage are excited to be joined by young up and coming professionals Korin Rinaldo and Benjamin Albright as assistant trainers at their own Forrest Hill Farm, in Lafayette, Indiana, and they are not letting the winter of 2014 slow then down. The Kaiser family has been breeding horses for over forty years. In the late 70's they began to specialize in sporthorses with an emphasis on dressage. Margaret realized a demand for mounts with three essential qualities: athletic conformation, gaits, and a sensible work ethic. Due to this sensible approach, they began producing horses with the traits needed to succeed in top competition with the temperament to be compatible with amateurs who have a record of success. Bringing this sensible approach to the next level, the Kaisers' have recognized the importance of tapping into the young talent in their region bringing on board two new members of their team and growing their business to the next level.
Korin Rinaldo, 24, was born in Florida and started riding when she was 5 years old. She, like most dressage riders, started with jumping. At 13, Korin and her family had moved from Florida to Indiana where Korin was introduced to Jennifer Kaiser and her family when she rode along for a friend's trailer-in lesson at Forrest Hill Farm. She began taking lessons at the farm whenever she could on weekends. By the time Korin was 15, she was working at the farm on a regular basis in exchange for lessons. She knew that she wanted to train horses and realized the more she was around them, the more her passion grew.
Under the tutelage of Jennifer and Margaret, Korin was quickly becoming a fair, efficient and effective horse trainer. By the age of 20, Korin had an impressive resume that included having started nearly 30 horses under saddle, aided in the breeding management of nearly 100 horses, competed over 20 horses nationally and ridden two horses down the centerline at CDIs. In 2012, the still young professional decided to take a position with KYB Dressage in order to continue her education and gain more experience. At KYB, Korin shared the responsibility of organizing and scheduling the large-scale training and show business.
Korin had the opportunity to show 5 client horses. Tristan, owned by Jackie Pisani, was one of Korin's main competition horses. Together they showed Second through Fourth levels and qualified for regionals at Open Second level, Second level freestyle and Third level Open placing third at Third level in a very competitive field and fourth in second level freestyle championship. The pair qualified at Third level Open for the first ever USDF National Dressage Finals, Lexington, KY.
Famos, owned by Dr. Andrea De Leo, was Korin's other main competition horse. She also qualified Famos at third and fourth levels for the Region 2 championships. Here they showed in the Third and Fourth level open championships and the Fourth level musical Freestyle championship where they placed 3rd. By the end of the season, this pair ranked 6th nationally for their 4th level musical freestyle and 25th nationally at fourth level.
It was also at KYB that Korin was also introduced to Ben Albright. "We worked well together right from the start. Our philosophies and training styles compliment each other." Korin said of working with Ben.
"I had met the Kaisers some years ago and I knew the quality of instruction and the quality of the horses they breed. I've always been very impressed by both." Ben replied when asked why he decided to make the move to Forrest Hill Farm.
"I have been to a lot of farms where I have seen and worked with a lot of top quality horses. The horses at Kaiser's are of high standard and Korin and I hope to bring them more to the forefront." Says young professional Ben Albright.
From the time Ben was 14 years old, he had been in various working and training programs focused on dressage to develop into the caliber of dressage rider that he dreamt of being. Ben has been in working student positions and internships for some of the countries top professionals. His first and most influential being a working student position with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel in Woodbine, MD.
"I was inspired by her beautiful and effective riding and the way she believed in her horses. She gave me a classical foundation for my riding as well as teaching me to appreciate what each horse can teach me. Above all though was to never stop trying to learn."
From there, Ben went to work for James Armstrong in Monkton, Md and later to a short summer internship with Melissa Taylor and Lars Petersen. He was then accepted into a working student position at Riveredge with Scott and Susanne Hassler in Chesapeake City, Md.
Ben knew that he was going to need to show in order to get further along in his career and was happy to have the support of Scott and Susanne when searching for a suitable situation. He decided that KYB Dressage would be the place for him to do so. "They were very generous in the opportunities they provided for me. I met a lot of great people." While at KYB, Ben showed a wide range of horses from green young horses at training level to FEI horses and everything in between. Ben was also introduced to Kristin Cooper of Wayne, IL while working at KYB. Ben campaigned a number of Cooper's horses including the 2011 Pan American Games alternate, Toscano. Ben ended the season with a winning streak at I2 and Grand Prix with his new partner, "Teddy". They started at the USDF Region 2 championships then moved to Dressage at Devon where he and Toscano won the CDI I2, CDI U25 Grand Prix and the USDF Brentina Cup test. Ben capped his successful season by also earning his USDF gold medal. "I am so incredibly lucky to have gotten to meet and form a relationship with Kris and her horses. I can't thank her enough for the opportunities she has given me and for the belief she continually puts in me as her rider." Ben said when asked how he felt about these successes.
Korin said of returning, "It's good to be back on the team here at Forrest Hill Farm and we are excited to bring some of the great horses bred here to the forefront of our sport this year. Jennifer's and Margaret's successes with students and staff is very impressive. There have been 3 USDF gold medalists, 9 silver medalists and 20 bronze medalists most of which were earned on horses bred and trained here. We hope to continue on this already solid path this year."
Ben spoke of Korin and his goals for the upcoming year with Kaiser Dressage. "Korin and I will attempt to qualify for the Brentina Cup this year. I have a very nice group of sales and client's horses this year that I am very excited to work with. Jennifer and Margaret have a top quality mare that is by Routinier out of their foundation mare, Vanna that Korin will be campaigning this year at small tour with an eye on National Championships. We want to do well by the farm and by our clients. It feels good to be here. I only see good things in our future together. We have a strong team here at Kaiser Dressage."