Sabine Schut-Kery - Dressage Olympian and More
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Sabine Schut-Kery is an elite dressage rider and trainer, an Olympic USA Team Silver medalist in 2020, who competes internationally and also delights audiences with extraordinary equestrian exhibitions. Sabine is originally from Krefeld, Germany, where she was classically trained under Jean Bemelmanns for three years before completing her official “Bereiter” exam with the Federation Nationale in Germany. She continued to study with Jan Nivelle and Stefanie Meyer-Biss.
Recognized for her talent at a young age, she trained two Friesian stallions, Tinus PM and Jorrit PM, through Grand Prix. Both horses were awarded the Golden Horse Award by the German FPZV for outstanding accomplishments in the sport of dressage.
Portfolio of Diverse Horsemanship
Early in her career, her portfolio of diverse horsemanship was evident as Sabine earned her silver medal in driving, which requires driving a four-in-hand.
In 1998, Sabine came to the United States to be the head trainer at Proud Meadows in Texas. While there, Sabine competed in dressage with young horses through Grand Prix and participated in exhibition riding. Sabine choreographed and rode numerous quadrilles, pas de deux at Grand Prix level, sidesaddle, and ride and drive performances.
In 2005, Sabine moved to California where she continues to train and compete horses of all levels in dressage. She also continues to participate in exhibitions. Sabine has won numerous international competitions with young horses as well as FEI horses.
In 2015, she competed for the United States of America at the Pan American Games in Toronto, and came home with a Team Gold Medal in Dressage. In 2017 she was awarded the Carol Lavelle Advanced Dressage Training Grant and spent that fall in Europe doing focused training and competition with her Grand Prix partner, Sanceo.
In 2018, she earned a spot representing the US at the Nations Cup, where Team USA won the team gold, and swept the podium in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Making Olympic History for USA
In 2021, Sabine rode Alice Womble's Sanceo in the Tokyo Olympics. The highest placed US rider, it was their performance gave the USA the Silver Medal Team score, the first Team Silver for the USA in an Olympic Games.
Sabine continues to advance her own education under the brilliant eye of Olympian Christine Traurig. Sabine operates her boutique dressage training business out of San Marcos, California.
Her program prioritizes quality over quantity so that equine partners and clients thrive with her focused attention, and dedicated training to adapt to their individual needs. Sabine's training program is based on a horsemanship approach. Her track record producing stallions, mares, and geldings of a variety of breeds demonstrates her sensitive approach to a training partnership.