German Olympian Martin Schaudt is planning to spend the winter in Wellington. A recent visit to Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport, Michigan, gave Schaudt the opportunity to finalize his plans to come to Florida later this year for the Winter Equestrian Festival season. Beginning in November, he will be spending several weeks a month at Hampton Green’s Wellington location in order to train Pati Pierucci and Hampton Green’s two Grand Prix Spanish stallions, Idilio and Cosaco, to prepare for the upcoming Sunshine Tour in March 2007.
While in Michigan, Schaudt selected one of the farm’s young horses, a five-year-old bay Spanish (PRE) stallion named Cuatrero, to train and show himself this winter in Wellington and to take back to Germany in the spring for training and competing. In addition, Schaudt has purchased for himself two 2006 PRE foals from Hampton Green Farm, from sires Idilio and Grandioso.
Martin Schaudt, consistently ranked among the world’s top dressage riders, rode for the German Gold in Athens on his Hanoverian gelding, Weltall. He has been interested in Spanish horses for several years. For a time, he trained the horse Minero from the Yeguada Maipe, who currently is showing in the small tour in Spain with Jose Ignacio Lopez Porras.
He was introduced last winter to Kimberly Van Kampen-Boyer, owner of Hampton Green Farms, and made several visits to the Wellington facility when he was in town for clinics. He was interested in rider Pati Pierucci’s work with her Grand Prix horses which led to discussions of his coming to Wellington and his visit to Michigan this past summer during the week of the WEG competition.
Idilio and Cosaco to Debut at Grand Prix
Hampton Green Farm debuted two stallions at Grand Prix this past summer and both horses qualified for Devon at that level. The decision was made not to compete at Devon this year, as the horses were inexperienced at CDIs. Pierucci has been trained and coached by Kathy Connelly for the past three years, who is supportive of Schaudt’s work with the Hampton Green horses.
The Sunshine Tour falls in the middle of the Wellington season, which makes it impossible for Connelly to be available for this series of three CDIs in Vejer, Spain, and she was pleased that the situation with Shaudt afforded itself to Pierucci and the horses.
In addition to Idilio and Cosaco, Hampton Green is competing two seven year-olds: Mejorano at Prix St. George and Grandioso, brother to Cuatrero, at Fourth Level.
Hampton Green Farm’s Michigan location is a breeding farm that is developing a generation of Spanish (PRE) horses for dressage competition. Schaudt purchased two stud colts from Hampton Green mares and stallions, both of which will spend the winter in Michigan prior to leaving for Europe.
Mare photo copyrighted: Susan Sexton