Rebecca Knollman has an eye for talent and has proven it time and again in her region in the Central USA as well as nationally. Once again her eye and training skills have landed her at Lamplight, the location for the 2014 Markel/USEF National Developing Horse Championships with the talented mare Rocky Lane an 8-year-old Westfalen mare by Rock Forever x Rica (Rombach) she purchased three years ago at the Westfalen Elite Auction in Germany. As a mother of two young children with a fulltime training and boarding operation in Southwest, Ohio, Knollman may not be able to make it to Florida for the winter season, but that has not stopped her from making her mark on the Young Horse scene time and time again with horses she has purchased and trained to qualify in the top position of young talent in the United States. No stranger to the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships, Knollman has competed Solaris Hit as a four and five year old, who she then sold, and Betsy Kang’s Whitny in the four and five year old division. “It becomes bittersweet,” said Knollman about the horses she chooses, imports, then trains and competes when she is often approached at shows to purchase her mounts. “I do grow attached, but this is what I do.”
Rocky Lane who is by the same sire as the mare Rosamunde, 2014 USEF Intermediare Champion ridden by Steffen Peters, could be stamping the sire Rock Forever as a great producer of High Performance dressage mares. With a high score of 72% in the Intermediare I last week at Majestic Farm, Batavia, Ohio “Rocky” keeps getting stronger with each outing.
Knollman dreams of making it to Gladstone in 2015 with her mare, hopefully following in the footsteps of her half sister Rosamunde, that is unless she gets an offer she can’t refuse.