Wellington, FL – Dressage trainer and rider Silke Rembacz, who grew up in Germany but became a United States citizen in 1999, said she was looking forward to showing Lori Raccioppo’s young horse, Est Est Est, for the first time at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CDI. While she was excited about introducing the soon-to-be five-year-old Westphalian to the show world, what Rembacz didn’t expect was to ride away with the highest score of the show.
Thanks to earning an 82% in the Training Level Test 3 class, Rembacz and Est Est Est won The Horse of Course High Score Award, sponsored by The Horse of Course, Inc, one of the nation’s premier tack shops specializing in dressage tack, clothing and supplies. “It was his first time to ever show and I was just looking forward to riding him,” Rembacz said. “He has such a wonderful temperament and he couldn’t have had a better start to his show career.”
Rembacz has developed a reputation for consistently producing and developing talented horses and riders. Operating out of her Silke Rembacz Dressage in Wellington, Florida and Flemington, New Jersey, Rembacz’s systematic approach to dressage training is based on the classical German training methods.
As an international rider and competitor, Rembacz has achieved great success in show rings around the world including the USET Festival of Champions, Dressage At Devon, The Heidelberg Cup, Rastede and the NATO Championships. “I just imported a very nice six-year-old stallion and am looking forward to working with him,” Rembacz said, adding that she has had great success buying, training and selling European horses in the United States.
“I want to congratulate Silke and Est Est Est on a great show. It’s remarkable that this young horse had never stepped foot in a show ring and he easily captured the High Score Award at the show with the grace of a professional,” said Beth Haist, CEO of The Horse of Course, adding that Rembacz was awarded with a beautiful cooler from The Horse of Course for winning The Horse of Course High Score Award. “Est Est Est has a very exciting future ahead of him and I can’t wait to watch it unfold. I also can’t wait to see him around the show grounds wearing his cooler from The Horse of Course. I had a great time meeting Silke and Lori and look forward to seeing them at our mobile unit at shows throughout the winter show season in Wellington.”
The Horse of Course, known for having the best and latest in dressage fashion, opened their doors more than 20 years ago and is considered a one-stop dressage specialty store. Dressage riders from around the world rely on products and fashions from The Horse of Course and the tack shop offers top proven brands, innovative new products, complete customized saddle fitting and customized bit fitting.
“The Horse of Course loves sponsoring the High Score Award. It’s a treat for us because we are invested in each of our client’s show careers and we enjoy supporting the equestrian community,” Haist said. “Our mobile unit is ‘the place to be’ at the show grounds. We have a great time and love to show everyone our new products, styles and lines. We really believe in customer service, which is something we’re very proud of. We also carry a complete selection of dressage tack including the most advanced dressage saddle ever made, The Sommer Flextra Eq and the new Sommer Spezial.”
Haist’s husband, Marty Haist, is a saddler who attends the shows to assist customers with their saddle fitting needs. “We promote proper saddle fit and I encourage all riders to stop and talk to Marty about their saddle needs,” Haist said.
To learn more about The Horse of Course, visit their website at www.thehorseofcourse.com.