Christoph Hess is coming for a two day clinic at Rolling Stone Farm in Slatington, PA on October 1 & 2, 2013. This clinic is open to all riders and horses of all abilities. Spectators are welcome. Christoph Hess is a master of seeing the rider and horse and developing ways to improve with excellent, concise instruction. Christoph Hess is an FEI 4* Judge in both Dressage and Eventing, and the German National Federation (the DOKR, which is the equivalent to our USEF), awarded him the title of Professional Riding Instructor- a title that labels him as an international expert and educator of professionals. Hess currently holds the positions of Head of Instruction and Head of the Personal Members Department at the DOKR, where he’s been employed since 1978. Hess is actively involved in the education of judges and instructors both within Germany and around the world. He conducts clinics, workshops, forums, and symposiums for judges, trainers, and riders throughout the international dressage and eventing communities.
Hess has an easy-going, positive nature that quickly puts students at ease. But don’t be fooled by the relaxed atmosphere he creates. From when you step into the ring, precision and attention to detail and the basics hold center stage. Hess is able to quickly and accurately assess both strengths and weaknesses in horses and riders (and within their training).
“Having a horse with talent is the beginning of the motivation to begin the journey to Grand Prix,” stated Hess at a 2007 symposium held at Michael Poulin’s Dressage Center in Deleon Springs, Florida. “You must have an idea, a vision, when beginning [riding and training], and then it takes as long as it takes to get there [Grand Prix]. Patience is the key.”
Hess is an examiner of judges and trainers at the highest levels of our sport of dressage, including seminars and testing sanctioned and sponsored by the FEI (Federation Equestrian International). He has written and co-authored several books, videos, and articles. The cost of this clinic will be $200 for a 45 minute private lesson with this master, and auditors are welcome at $35 per day. Stabling is available. Slatington, PA is located 1 ½ hours north of Philadelphia and 1 ½ west of Manhattan, NY. Please contact Mo Swanson by phone (610) 767-4852 or email email@example.com for a Rider Application or come and audit.
Rolling Stone Farm is also hosting an Oldenburg Horse Breeder’s Society (GOV) Mare Performance Test on October 27, where it expected that approximately 15 mares will participate. This important day will be followed by a two day riding clinic with Katrin Burger, the Deputy Breeding Director of the Verband der Züchter des Oldenburger Pferdes in Vechta, Germany, and the Breeding Director for North America. She brings with her a vast amount of experience and expertise. Katrin studied at the university in Hohenheim (Baden-Württemberg) earning a degree in Agriculture. During this time she was an auction rider for the Baden Wuertembuerg Verband, and Hubert Schulze Rückamp in Undingen. After finishing her studies, she started as the head at the newly built Gestüt Schlossäcker in Baden-Württemberg. Her job included management of the stud and the choice and training of the stallions together with her partner Joachim Neubert. She was very successful with their stallions, Day Dream and Dornenkoenig in Grand Prix leading to her earning the German Gold Medal. Katrin was also responsible for choosing the top stallions, Sir Oldenburg and French Kiss for the stud when they were foals, and went on with them to be the champion of Baden-Württemberg in the young horse classes ten times and regional champion four times. With French Kiss she became the German National Champion and the World Champion of the six year old dressage horses in 2004 after having won the World Bronze medal in 2003 in the five year old dressage horse class.
The GOV is encouraging participation in this clinic by keeping the lesson cost down to $100 for a 45 minute private lesson. Auditors are welcome at $20 for the day. Once again, please contact Mo by phone (610) 767-4852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Rider Application.
Rolling Stone Farm is a large Oldenburg and Hanoverian breeding farm with over 100 horses. Owner Mo Swanson employs two full time and 2 part time young horse riders and she has 20 young horses going under saddle in varying price ranges, plus 27 foals and yearlings and a few award winning broodmares for sale. They have produced 36 Elite Mares and Elite Mare Candidates, a State Premium Mare, 8 Special Premium mares, 5 Verbands Premium mares, a fully licensed and approved stallion named Shakespeare RSF - winner of the 2009 70 day stallion test, a licensed stallion and Young Horse National Champion named Somer Hit, 3 licensed stallions in 2012 (one from the first foal crop of Shakespeare RSF), two top 5 Young Horse Champions and multiple HOY winners in hand and in dressage, and five winners of the Young Hunters Under Saddle at Devon. They stand 5 stallions: Shakespeare RSF (Sandro Hit/Arrian), Fhitzgerald (Florencio/Weltmeyer), Sir James (Sir Donnerhall/Feiner Stern), Shotgun (Shakespeare RSF/Fabriano), and Dheputy (Dauphin/Rotspon).
In 2010, 22 out of 24 foals presented to the GOV were premium and our German foal was 5th in the German Foal Championship. In 2011, 18 foals were named Premium, with 5 Foal of Distinction ribbons awarded. In 2012, we produced 19 premium foals, with 8 Foals of Distinction and 3 Stallion Prospects named, plus we had the top Hanoverian filly at the large Hilltop Farm inspection. In 2013, 12 premiums were awarded to our foals, with two being selected as Foals of Distinction and one named Champion Foal. In 2012, Mo bred three stallions which were licensed (one in Germany). She owns and bred the mare EM Rheporter (Royal Prince/Weltmeyer)- 2011 Grand Champion at Dressage at Devon, the Reserve Champion foal, and two foals which placed second in their classes there, all by Shakespeare RSF. In 2012, she owned and bred the Filly Champion, Young Prospect Champion and Reserve Champion Young Horse at Dressage at Devon. Sir James was Stallion Champion and Reserve Grand Champion at two dressage breed shows in 2012. So far in 2013, homebred offspring have been Grand Champion at 3 Dressage Breed Shows and one was Reserve Grand Champion at 2 shows. In 2013, 12 Premium Foals were named, with 2 Foals of Distinction and a Champion Oldenburg foal sash was awarded. http://www.rollingstonefarm.com