DUVALL, WA-September 12, 2009-USEF High Performance Rider Jeremy Steinberg, a 1996 NAYRC Individual Gold Medalist, Grand Prix rider, and dressage teacher, has based his Jeremy Steinberg Dressage out of Traumhof, a topnotch dressage stable in Carnation, Washington, since 2002. At Traumhof, owned by Jessica Lyman and Kevin Fink, Steinberg has served as head rider and trainer, achieving show ring success for his sponsors, clients, and students. Recently, Steinberg garnered a triple Grand Prix victory aboard the Traumhof-owned mare Elisienne at the prestigious Dressage at DevonWood in Oregon. "It's been an ideal working situation and I am so pleased to have been a part of Traumhof," Steinberg said. "Now we're in the process of detaching our businesses from each other so that we can pursue separate professional goals."
Steinberg established Jeremy Steinberg Dressage in 1995 and, after a six-year stint in California, began his tenure at Traumhof. Steinberg's students enjoyed success at some of the nation's top competitions including the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions where they contested the Brentina Cup and FEI Junior Division, the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, and many USDF Regional Championships where they accumulated an impressive list of wins. Steinberg received invitations to and participated in USDF Trainers Symposiums and Conventions and has produced two young up-and-coming trainers who are now operating their own full-time businesses.
On the West Coast dressage circuits, Steinberg rode top FEI horses Hawkesbury, Axyonx, Hallmark, Valiant Prince, Grand Glissando, Eloge II, Parocco, Frisco, and Elisienne, accumulating an extensive dossier of Grand Prix success including wins at the Golden State CDI***, Dressage at DG Bar, and many USDF regional competitions. Steinberg was honored with invitations to participate in the USEF Developing Rider Clinics, USDF Symposiums, USEF Festival of Champions, Washington International Horse Show Invitational Dressage Championship, and 2007 World Cup Invitational CDI***. Most recently, Steinberg and Traumhof's mare Elisienne made their mark in the FEI ranks, including earning an invitation to the 2008 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championships and the 2008 USDF Region 6 Championships at Prix St. Georges. The duo topped off their partnership with a clean sweep of all three Grand Prix classes at the 2009 DevonWood Summer Dressage Show.
"I could never have achieved so much success as a rider and teacher without the support of Jessica Lyman and Kevin Fink," Steinberg said. "I will be forever grateful to them for the wonderful environment and opportunities they provided at Traumhof."
Steinberg's goal now is to continue to operate his business, Jeremy Steinberg Dressage, out of a facility in Washington, but he notes, "If the right situation arises, I would relocate to a different state." Steinberg has previously worked at facilities for owners in California and Florida. From 1996 through 2001, Steinberg was one of two dressage trainers at Arroyo Del Mar, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Ray Stewart, in San Diego. He also took over the operation of Kamila DuPont's facility in Los Angeles upon her move to Germany before he returned to Washington in 2002. In 2004, Steinberg was tapped by Robert Dover to oversee his Romance Farm in Wellington, Florida, while the six-time Olympian was competing in the Athens Olympic Games. At Romance Farm, Steinberg rode horses for Dover, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, and Jane Forbes Clark while they were traveling with the USEF team in Athens. "As a professional, I've been very lucky to have always been given such amazing opportunities not only to learn about riding and training, but also about the business end," Steinberg said. "No one has a better business sense in the horse industry than Robert Dover. That was a fantastic experience and I am continually grateful to him for that. Much of what I have planned for my own business is based on the best of what I've experienced both in my travels and here at Traumhof."
Steinberg, 34, a dressage rider since age 11, learned horsemanship and management from some of the top names in the sport including the legendary Dietrich Von Hopfgartten, who remained his mentor until his death in 2006. "It was a crushing blow to lose Dietrich and one that humbled and grounded me like nothing I've ever felt," Steinberg said. As a teen, Steinberg spent a year in Germany where he worked at the renowned breeding farm Gestuet Vorwerk. After his successful career as a Young Rider, culminating in Individual Gold and Team Silver at the 1996 North American Young Riders Championships, Steinberg moved up to Grand Prix and has honed his skills by participating in clinics with dressage luminaries including Klaus Balkenhol, Robert Dover, Guenter Seidel, and Debbie McDonald. "They have been major influences on my career and have also become my good friends," noted Steinberg. "We've had a couple of really successful clinics here at Traumhof with Debbie McDonald, which we will definitely continue with at the new facility. Guenter is a support I rely and lean heavily on."
Currently based in Duvall, Washington, Jeremy Steinberg Dressage is accepting new horses and students locally. "While my partners and I establish a new facility with our wonderful clientele, I'm looking for some topnotch horses to train and compete," Steinberg said. "I am excited to begin this new phase of my career and I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons."
Photo by marycornelius.com: Jeremy Steinberg and Elisienne at Dressage at DevonWood