Lisa Wilcox' Swiss Adventure

Lisa Wilcox ended her seven-year employment with Gestut Vorwerk at the end of 2004. At a dinner party Lisa hosted for all of her friends and colleagues in Cloppenburg, Germany to say “Thank you and goodbye”, she was presented with a competition printout compiled by the German FN. She learned that over these years at Gestut Vorwerk, she had placed over 660 times in competition, winning the class more than 150 times.

The President of the Oldenburg Verband gave a heartfelt speech, and everyone there wished her well. Lisa left Germany with mixed feelings between the beloved stallions she was leaving behind and the opportunity ahead of her.

Lisa’s working student for the past two years, Laura Hassler, 17, asked Lisa if she could remain with her. Lisa agreed on one condition – that this move met with the approval of her mother and Gestut Vorwerk. Laura got the okay, and on December 29, 2004, Lisa, Laura, and two private training horses made the trip to the beautiful countryside of Switzerland to Dr. Samuel Schatzmann’s private facility in Oftringen, twenty-five minutes outside of Zurich.




A Kid in a Candy Store

Dr. Schatzmann is a rider and a judge. He has cut back on his own riding after heart surgery a couple of years ago, but enjoys his horses and has a tremendous eye for young talent. He owns over forty horses – some mares, some foals and young horses getting started, and has kept them at Stal Ramsbrock in Germany for the past several years.

When Lisa agreed to ride for him, he shipped six of his best three and four year olds to his stable in Switzerland for her to work with to compete or sell. These youngsters all have very good conformation and extraordinary gaits.

“I am so impressed with the quality of these young horses. When I first tried them, I was surprised to find that all six were superior in movement and expression and that I have such a talented group to work with” commented Lisa.

Dr. Schatzmann selects a young horse for his own potential as a dressage horse rather than the bloodlines on paper. These youngsters, all different in breed and type, are from such lines as Sandro Hit, Waterford by Weltmeyer, Florestan, Donnerhall, Rubin Royal, and Pilot – a Holsteiner jumping line.

“I feel like a kid in a candy store. Laura keeps asking me to pinch her to make sure she is not dreaming that we are here.”


Settling in At Landgut Waid

Lisa is also enjoying her rides on Dr. Schatzmann’s own two horses that she will keep fit for him, and may possibly compete in the FEI levels. Rounding out the group are two privately owned horses Lisa has had in training, one of which is a five year old owned by friend and U.S. clinic organizer Cindy Snowden.

There are no definitive competition plans, but a goal would be to qualify one or more of these horses for the World Championships or the Bundeschampionat.

Dr. Schatzmann has a rather large property called Landgut Waid, which sits on a hill overlooking the village. He maintains hundreds of different fruit trees and berry plants from which he makes his own schnapps. The landscaping around the outdoor ring, the stables, the orchards and his home is impeccable and the entire property has a park-like setting.

“When I finish riding for the day, I walk along and stop to sit on a bench just about the time the sun is going down. You can see the church steeples in the village and the Alps I the distance. It is simply beautiful. I feel as if I am on vacation every day” said Lisa.

Visitors and parties interested in purchasing high quality young dressage horses are welcome at the stable. Lisa can be reached by writing:

Lisa Wilcox
Schneckenberg 1
Ch-4665 Oftringen

All photos in this article copyrighted: Dr. Samuel Schatzmann

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