|| June 20, 2010
Funtastic Start to the Summer
June 5, 2010
The German Oldenburg Summer Auction Was a Lot of Fun
|| January 18,2010
German Dressage Comes Out Strong at Dressage Getaway in Indio
December 5, 2009|
State-of-the-Art Dressage Footing Comes to Rancho Los Amigos
September 29, 2009|
Farinelli and Jennifer Win the Grand Prix Class with and Impressive 763.61%
at the Fall CDS-San Diego Chapter Show
September 15-16, 2009|
Pik's Pride Filly Wins Oldenburg Mare Performance Test
July 23, 2009|
Jennifer and Rubinio shine in Germany in Preparation for Verden
April 28, 2009
Farinelli Rocks at Del Mar National CDI***
April 8, 2009
Jennifer Hoffmann and Team Matrix Horses Undefeated at Rancho Murieta CDI***
March 18, 2009
Farinelli and Jennifer Debut at Intermediare II and Win Big at Dressage Affaire
German Dressage Riders Score Big at Legacy Farm's Dressage Show
February 23, 2009
Pik's Pride Debuts at Intermediare II with a 72.38% Win at Dressage Getaway.
||August 29, 2008
Matrix Horse Rubinio Shines at 2008 World Championships.
||August 22, 2008
A Learning Experience.
||August 6, 2008
2008 World Young Horse Championships in Verden.
||July 28, 2008
Another Matrix Horse and Rider Off to World Breeding Championships in Germany.
||July 15, 2008
American Horses Selected for the 2008 World Young Horse Championships.
||June 30, 2008
Jennifer Hoffmann and Farinelli Shine at 2008 U.S. Dressage Championships
||September 27, 2007
Hoffmann Places Fourth at 2007 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championships.
From Pebble Beach to Gladstone & Back Again.
A Consistent Theme at German Dressage Clinic.
June 20, 2010-Fantastic Start to the Summer for Birthe Laufer, Liz Doherty, and Urbain
German Dressage client Liz Doherty could not be more pleased with how her horse Urbain has progressed in his first season competing in the United States. Jürgen Hoffmann and Georg Brings found the 9-year old KWPN gelding (Goodtimes v. Highline) in northern Holland last year shortly before Liz herself moved back to the United States after several years in Belgium.
In only their second competition together, at the Del Mar National HorseShow, Urbain earned Liz a score of 66.7% in Second Level Test 3 and the Second Level amateur highpoint award. A month later, at the Creek Hollow dressage show, with German Dressage Assistant Trainer Birthe Laufer in the irons, Urbain scored a 70.2% in Fourth Level Test 1. And at this weekend’s CDS June Chapter Show, Birthe and Urbain tied for first place in Fourth Level Test 1 with a 72.325% against a very competitive field.
In addition to Urbain, Birthe competed 5 other horses at the June Chapter Show and was probably the busiest rider there! Gay Walker’s Purple Rain and Lisa Blanchard’s Mr. Bean both performed beautiful tests at Fourth Level Test 1. Birthe also earned solid scores on young horses Pik’s Allegro and Pik Paramour at First and Second levels and successfully guided Alice Beacham’s Bellissimo through his very first dressage show. Congratulations to all!
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June 5th, 2010 - The Summer Auction Was a Lot of Fun as Liz Doherty Takes Home Sportsfreund and Rock Profoto.
The 48th Summer Mixed Sales Auction was a lot of fun. With the help of Jennifer and Juergen Hoffman of German Dressage, Liz Doherty won the bid for #1 Sportsfreund and #30 Rock Profoto! It took a bit of a twist of fate to secure the bid for #1 Sportsfreund (Sandro Hit x St.Pr.St. Ultra (Don Schufro)). Liz had bid up quite high in the initial bidding for him, but someone else raised the bid, and the hammer was knocked down for the other bidder.
Liz had also had her eye set on #2 Sansvieria (Sandro Hit x Chelidon (De Niro), and with the help of the cool and collected Juergen Hoffman they bid up to 79,000 Euro for the spectacular mare. However, it was Ann Katrin Linsenhoff of the Gestüt Schafhof on the line bidding against them, and it was clear she was determined to win the bid. The seven year old mare who is registered as St.Pr.St. Stina arned her States Premium status in 2006 and was ranked in the Brilliant Ring having earned an outstanding overall score of 8.13. The hammer was knocked down at 80,000 Euro for the mare who had three exceptional gaits, and a fantastic character. Click here to see the video of the bidding for #2 Sansvieria.
So at this point Liz was obviously dissapointed. She had other horses on her list, but these two had been her top choices. However, it turned out that the bid for #1 Sportsfreund had not been a legitimate bid, and within a few more horses he was brought back in for a second round of bidding. This time Liz was very determined, and she succeeded! She was elated, and is happy to report that he will be staying in Germany to be ridden and trained for a while by Heiko Klausing. The gelding has qualified for Rastede so we all look forward to seeing him there. Click here to see the bidding for #1 Sportsfreund.
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January 18, 2010
German Dressage Comes Out Strong
at Dressage Getaway in Indio, January 15-17
Jennifer Hoffmann came home with commendable scores from the Dressage Getaway
in Indio, January 15-17. In his second show ever, High Definition, the 4 year
old Oldenburg stallion won his Training and First Level classes with a 78% and a
74%! High Definition's 78% performance also earned him the German
Oldenburg Verband Highpoint Award. Herzberg, the approved Trakehner
stallion, and High Definition's sire, showed Intermediare I and won the class
with a 71%. At 17, he continues to show his soundness and hardiness as a
stallion. Delacroix, the talented 8 year Westfahlen gelding, performed his first
Intermediare I came in second place with a 70.790% right behind Guenter Seidel
who won the class. Delacroix received a "9" on his fabulous walk and an
"8" for his pirouettes, changes, and extended canter and his trot half-passes.
"It's going to be a fun year with this talented young horse," remarked Jennifer.
Also successful was Parola, a Dutch mare owned by Alli Mackrell, who performed
Fourth Level Test 2 for the first time earning a 68% and very high marks for her
trot work and canter pirouettes. It was a very successful first outing for
Jennifer's Horses and the German Dressage Team.
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December 5, 2009
State-of-the-Art Dressage Footing
Installed at Rancho Los Amigos
Gay and Bill Walker, owners of Rancho Los Amigos and German
Dressage are proud to offer state-of-the-art Dressage
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special blend of premium geo-textiles and fibers imported
direct from Europe, Soiltex is beyond compare to anything on
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the 2009 FEI World Cup, and by top riders around the world,
Soiltex adds spring and extension to the horses stride while
minimizing damaging concussions and surface scuffing. "We are very excited to not only train our
horses on the same footing used by the top European riders but also excited to offer
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September 29, 2009 | For Immediate Release
Farinelli and Jennifer Win the Grand Prix Class with
an Impressive 73.61% at the Fall CDS-San Diego Chapter Show
FEI and lower level horses put in solid
performances at the September CDS San Diego Chapter show. Jennifer Hoffmann on
Farinelli won the large Grand Prix class with an impressive score of 73.617%. Parola was shown for the first time by Jennifer and won her Fourth Level test
with 68% Birthe Laufer rode 4 year old Pik's Paramour by Pik's Pride
to a 74% at TR-4 and also scored a 66% with Pik's Eternity also by Pik's
Pride in her first second level test.
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September 15-16th, 2009
Pik's Pride Filly Wins Oldenburg Mare Performance
The quality of the horses and mares presented at the first ever West Coast
Oldenburg Horse Show and Mare Performance Test was only matched by the
beautiful weather and incredible facility known as Pollyrich Farms where the
show took place. The German judges were very happy with the atmosphere
not to mention the Champions and the two new Special Premium Mares they selected.
The judges who travelled from Germany were: Ullrich Henschke,
Katrin Burger, and Johanes Westendarp. Ullrich Henschke has been a Judge
in Germany for both dressage and jumping for 15 years. He has ridden to M
level in dressage and to the highest levels in jumping. For the past three
years, he has served on the Oldenburg Stallion Committee. Katrin Burger currently serves as the Deputy Breeding Director for the German Oldenburg
Verband, and as the Breeding Director for North America. She earned her
Gold Medal for her success at Grand Prix in Dressage and she won the 2004 World
Championships for 6 year old dressage horses on the stallion French Kiss, who
she had selected as a foal and fully trained for the Championships. Johannes Westendarp
who has successfully prepared and presented numerous stallions for licensing,
won the German National Bundeschampionate multiple times. He has ridden
successfully to Intermediare I. For this event, he served as a judge in the show
and as the guest rider in the Mare Performance Test.
Mare Performance Test. The afternoon was dedicated to the
very first Mare
Performance Test held on the West Coast. the mares were presented at Liberty, in
Free Jumping and then under saddle. Two mares
were awarded with the title "Special Premium Candidates". Once they
have foals that are presented and registered with the Oldenburg
Horse Breeders' Society, they will be full Special Premium Mares. The
highest scoring mare in all categories was Redhawk's Prophecy bred by Bob de Gour of Red Hawk Ranch, California and Mario Imperato of Stepping Stone Farm. She is sired by Jennifer
Hoffmann's Stallion Pik's Pride by (Pik Noir x Barsoi xx)and is out of Glestrina
(Gladstone). Red Hawk's Prophecy earned an outstanding overall score of 8.02
having earned an 8.5 for the free jumping.
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July 23, 2009 | For Immediate Release
Jennifer Hoffmann and Rubinio Shine in Germany in
Preparation for Verden
Jennifer Hofmann of Encinitas, California and the
black Westfalen stallion Rubinio (Rubin Royal x Farina by Florestan I) owned by
Jennifer, were selected as the only horse and rider combination to represent he
United States in the six-year-old division at the FEI World Breeding
Champion-ships in Verden Germany, August 5-9.
In Europe to prepare for the championships,
Hoffmann brought the talented stallion out to several big shows starting with
show the in Greven, Germany. In a large class of 19, she won with a score of
8.2. Next was Westfalenwoche, the Westfalen Championships. There
Jennifer and Rubinio shined. The pair was crowned the Westfalen Champions with a
score of 8.1. The win also qualified them for the Bundeschampionate (the German
Federal Championships) as Westfalenwoche is a qualifier for the
Bundeschampionate. The win at Westfalenwoche was especially sweet, "I knew
it would be a difficult task to place well because there were a lot of very
well-respected names competing and the class had 21 entries, a large one", an
almost speechless Hoffmann shared. After their performance, the judges
congratulated her ride, describing it as, "beautiful, classical riding".
Rubinio, bred in Germany by Jürgen Bunge,
represented the U.S. as a five-year old at Verden, placing fifth out of 39
horses in the small final with a score of 8.06.
The selection of Rubinio to represent the U.S. at
Verden, Germany, was announced by the U.S. Equestrian Federation after the final
results of the 2009 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials that were
held in Illinois, California and North Carolina. Rubinio was the only horse to
meet the short list criteria of earning an overall score of 8.2 or better at one
of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials or an international
Rubinio qualified by winning the Bundeschampionate
class with a score of 8.2 in Haftenkamp, Germany in mid-May.
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April 28, 2009 | For Immediate Release
Farinelli Rocks at Del Mar National CDI***
Farinelli and Jennifer Hoffmann put in two amazing Grand Prix tests at The Del Mar National Horse Show held April 22-25. On Friday,
Farinelli scored a 66.383% just missing the blue ribbon by 4 points. On Sunday, in the Grand Prix Sweepstakes Class, Jennifer and Farinelli stepped it
up a bit and were rewarded with the Champion Ribbon and a score of 67.660%. This is only Farinelli's third Grand
Prix. We cannot be happier with his success and great scores so early on in his career! Pik's Pride and Jennifer
Hoffmann were also able to catch two blue Champion ribbons in both Intermediare II classes. The winning streak continues!
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April 8, 2009 | For Immediate Release
Jennifer Hoffmann and Team Matrix Horses Undefeated at Rancho Murieta CDI***
Farinelli's Big Win in His Grand Prix Debut
Farinelli’s big achievement came on
Sunday in His very first Grand Prix! Judged by Jeanne McDonald, Farinelli and Jennifer received a 65.5 % and had a
wonderful ride with multiple 8’s throughout the test! We are very excited about his Grand Prix Career!! Farinelli
and Pik’s Pride Placed 1st and 2nd in The Intermediare II classes on Thursday and Friday. Both classes were fairly
large classes. Farinelli (Fritz ) won the class on Friday with a 68.9 % and Pik was second with a 65.0 %. Jennifer’s young 4 yr old
Oldenburg Stallion, High Definition, debuted in his first Dressage show and won his 4 yr old USEF young horse class with a 7.7 from (O) Judge Gabriel Amando. We are
very pleased with this young stallions remarkable first success!!! Keeping Jennifer and her horses fit and competitive are her proud sponsors; Mushroom Matrix and
LubriSyn. Congratulations to the German Dressage Team!!
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March 18, 2009 | For Immediate Release
Farinelli and Jennifer Debut at
Intermediare II and Win Big at Dressage Affaire
Farinelli and Jennifer pulled off a
double win in both Intermediare II classes at The Dressage
Affair, also a CDI***W. Farinelli performed very nice
piaffe and passage tours receiving 7’s and 8’s for the trot
half-passes, extended trot, and 1 tempis. We are very
excited about his first classes with Piaffe and Passage.
Looking forward to many more successes with our wonderful
new partner (Fritz) proudly co-owned by Jennifer & Jürgen
Hoffmann and The Walker Family.
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March, 2009 | For Immediate Release
German Dressage Riders Score Big
at Legacy Farm's Dressage Show
At the Legacy Farm’s Dressage Show in
March, Assistant Trainer Birthe Laufer achieved wonderful
scores and rode to victory on multiple clients’ horses. On
Saturday, Birthe rode Julianna Newell’s gelding Navarre to a
first place and Open Highpoint with a 79.6 % at Training
Level Test 3. On Sunday, she again won her class with a
76.00 % and won Open Highpoint. Riding Pik’s Eternity, a
Pik’s Pride daughter owned by Kristina Tracy, Birthe won
their class with a 72.400 % at Training Level Test 3. This
was Pik’s Eternity‘s first big dressage show. Riding Pik’s
Allegro, a son of Pik’s Pride, Birthe brought home another
first place finish with an impressive score of 74.00 %;
Allegro is owned by Gay Walker. Jeri Bonesteel’s Buenos
Aires, an Oldenburg gelding brought home the blue ribbon and Jr/YR Highpoint with a 72.571 % at First Level. Feiner Diva,
an Oldenburg mare by Feiner Stern and also owned by Jeri
Bonesteele, won her class at Training Level with a 67.826
%. And Purple Rain, a Dutch Gelding owned by Gay Walker won
his Fourth Level class with a 66.279%. We are very proud of
the successes our riders and clients had this weekend.
We’re also very proud of the achievements earned by the
offspring of our Oldenburg Stallion, Pik’s Pride. Once
again demonstrating that great gaits paired with super
ridability turned these youngsters into superior dressage
horses for their Amateur and Professional owners. A huge
Congratulation to all!
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February 23, 2009 | For Immediate Release
Pik's Pride Debuts at Intermediare II with a 72.38% Win at Dressage Getaway
After a year break from the show arena, Pik's Pride the licensed Black Oldenburg
Stallion came out strong in his first show of the season. Debuting at
Intermediare II, Pik and his rider/owner Jennifer Hoffmann put in an excellent
performance scoring 72.38% and winning the class. Pik received scores of
'8' on his pirouettes, passage, trot half-passes, both 2 and 1 tempi changes and
overall gaits. Jennifer was ecstatic stating that now she and Pik
will concentrate on Grand Prix. Jennifer's other horses also did well at
the desert show. Petit Danseur put in a solid performance in Grand Prix
winning his class with a 68%. "Dobby has finally settled into his Grand
Prix work. This weekend he showed brilliant trot and piaffe/passage tour
very nice, consistent canter work." said Jennifer. Farinelli put in a
brilliant performance in the USEF High Performance PSG with a 70% earning a
Reserve Champion in the large class. Delacroix, Jennifer's young horse also won
both of his fourth level classes.
Assistant Trainer, Birthe Laufer also had a very good weekend. With Lisa Blanchard's Mr. Bean, the pair
scored a 65% at second level test three winning the class. With the high winds on Saturday, the at times sensitive gelding put in a
solid test. "He was pretty scared with the tents blowing in the wind and other horses acting up in the
warm-up arena but once we came down centerline, I felt him settle into his work. I was very proud of him." said
Birthe. Allegro, owned by Gay Walker and one of several young horses Birthe is training, debuted at First Level with
a 65%. And Alazon, the Swedish Stallion owned by Jeri Bonesteele scored 65% at second level.
brought 13 horses to the well-attended show. "I am very proud of everyone's accomplishments, our clients and our
Assistant Trainer, we all had a great weekend!"
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August 29, 2008 | Mushroom Matrix News at www.mushroommatrix.com/news
Matrix Horse Rubinio Shines at 2008 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses
Team Matrix member Jennifer Hoffmann and her Matrix horse Rubinio were the highest-scoring American pair at the recent 2008 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses, held in Verden, Germany, July 31 - August 3.
Three American-bred horses qualified for the World Championships – Rubinio, Williams and Valeska DG. Williams was ridden by Katie Robicheaux and Valeska was ridden by another Team Matrix member, Willy Arts. Valeska is a Dutch Warmblood mare by Krack C out of Polimbria and owned by DG Bar Ranch.
Based in Carlsbad, California, Hoffmann and the Westfalen stallion Rubinio competed in the 5-year old division, where they placed fifth in the consolation finals. Every year, young horse owners and riders across the U.S. aim to qualify for the World Championships, but only a few earn the qualifying scores needed to make it to the Championships. Of the three U.S.-bred horses that qualified this year, two are Matrix horses.
Matrix Vice President Keith Manfred said the Matrix is honored to have both Arts and Hoffmann as members of Team Matrix.
"We'd like to congratulate both of them on a job well done at the World Championships. Qualifying for the Championships is very difficult and it shows just how talented are these two riders and their horses," he said.
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August 22, 2008 | By Alexandra Beckstett for The Chronicle of the Horse
A Learning Experience (Excerpt from Freund Experiences A dramatic Weekend at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses)
Jennifer Hoffmann knew that she and Rubinio would have to dazzle the judges to receive high marks at the World Championships For Young Dressage Horses. And she did just that, scoring an 8.06 to finish fifth out of 29 in the 5-year-old consolation final.
Hoffmann, 34, Carlsbad, Calif., and "Ruby," her Westphalen stallion (Rubin Royal—Farina, Florestan), were one of only three U.S. contenders at the championships.
Her fellow U.S. riders included Katie Robicheaux and her Dutch Warmblood Williams (Paddox—Jaconda, Michelangelo), who finished 34th in the 5-year-old qualifying round with a 7.2, and Willy Arts with his Dutch Warmblood mare Valeska DG (IPS Krack C—Polimbria, Farrington), placing 30th in the 6-year-old qualifying round with a 7.18.
Hoffmann bought Ruby two years ago as a 3-year-old in Germany and has since kept him there in training with Henricke Sommer. She travels back and forth from Germany to her breeding, training and sales barn, German Dressage Inc., that she manages with her husband Jürgen in California.
"I would love to have Ruby at home, but he’s making such a career in Germany. He just doesn’t have that opportunity here [in the United States]," said Hoffmann.
To prepare for the championships in Verden, Hoffmann and Ruby competed at the National Dressage Show in Greven, Germany, in July. Practicing similar tests to the ones at Verden, the pair bested a field of 20 with an 8.2.
Ruby’s trot is definitely one of his strengths, earning him an 8.2 in the consolation round at Verden. He also scored 8.0 for both walk and submission, 7.8 for the canter and 8.3 for general impression.
"Ruby is sensitive, powerful, and has a lot of elasticity and power from behind," said Hoffmann. "His trot is super cadenced and powerful. He has a big, swingy walk that I can ride to the fullest in the tests. It shows the judges that he’s really relaxed and true through the back."
In the qualifier round for the final, however, Ruby’s youth got the best of him. It was his first time experiencing an arena filled with sponsor banners, large speakers and lots of photographers.
"He immediately got tense and a little spooky, but he’s not a horse to turn and run off. He looked to the outside a lot and was a little timid around the arena," explained Hoffmann. "I tried to be too careful and backed off a little bit. I could have pushed and asked for more."
Ruby’s lack of bravado around the ring was enough to drop his score to 7.24, placing him 33rd. Nevertheless, Hoffmann made the best of not qualifying for the final round and took the opportunity to watch and learn from the other riders.
The second time around, both horse and rider were on the same page. Although their fifth place finish in the consolation round fell just short of qualifying them for the final, Hoffmann was still extremely pleased.
Having the chance to compete in Germany and watch European riders perform provided Hoffmann with more insight into how to be competitive outside the States.
"It became clear to me what I had to do the next day and how to ride the test better. World Championship competition is a whole other ballgame. I bumped it up a notch the next day [in the consolation final]," said Hoffmann.
Ruby received scores ranging from 8.2 to 8.9 all year across Germany, so Hoffmann knows what a quality horse she has under her. "I just needed to bring out his best," she said.
"The Germans ride their horses more open and forward and really go for it. They ride a lot more risk, and the judges reward that. It’s all or nothing," Hoffmann observed. "We need to watch that more and pick up on it. We tend to ride a little too careful and conservative."
An avid supporter of the young horse program in the United States, Hoffmann believes that Ruby’s success in Germany is a step in the right direction. She suggests that riders and judges observe more of these championships in person.
"You really aren’t aware of just how big and forward they want it until you are there," said Hoffmann. "We need to visually be more part of it. The comments are a lot different, and the way they score is different."
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August 6, 2008 | By Astrid Appels/Eurodressage for Dressagedaily.com
2008 World Young Horse Championships in Verden
Rubinio Spearheads American Representation in Verden
Three U.S. owned horses represented the United States at the 2008 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, July 31 - August 3, 2008. Jennifer Hoffmann's Rubinio and Katie Robicheaux' Williams qualified via international selection scores obtained in Europe, Willy Arts' Valeska DG earned her berth via the USEF/Markel National Young Horse Selection trial on the West Coast.
Based in Carlsbad, California, Hoffmann and the black Westfalen stallion Rubinio spearheaded the American representation in Verden being the highest scoring U.S. pair in competition. Riding in the 5-year old division, Hoffmann just missed out on the individual finals when she placed fifth in the consolation finals.
In the preliminary round, Rubinio showed off his beautiful conformation and outstanding gaits, but the contact with the bit could have been steadier. In trot, Rubinio tended to bop his head, regularly going slightly behind the vertical. Rubinio is quite a compact stallion and in walk, he easily showed super overtrack, but needed a while to find a good, clear rhythm. In canter, Rubinio was well balanced in the bends and counter canter, but could have stepped under more with his hind legs. The judges scored him 7.4 for trot, 6.9 for walk, 7.3 for canter, submission and general impression. The total score of 7.24 placed them 33rd.
"Our first ride wasn't as I had hoped. He was looky, spooky. It was the first time for him he was in such a situation, where he had to spend overnight and in an arena with sponsor banners," Hoffmann told Dressagedaily. "I rode him quiet and pretty, I backed off and rode too safe. You can't do that in Europe! I was a little upset because I didn't show him to potential."
The 33rd place in the preliminary round meant that Hoffmann had to go through the consolation finals to aim a spot in the individual finals. The pair appeared more solid, the connection with the bit was steadier and the horse tracked under with more power and energy. The judges appreciated the effort and gave an overall score of 8.06, which placed them fifth. They just missed out on the finals as only the three top placed combinations were allowed to start the next day.
"On the first day I rode in the second group and after my ride I sat down and watched all other riders. This helped me so much for the second day," Hoffmann confessed. "The others had the same difficulties and I watched what they did. I used that in the second round. So just like them, I went forward, I gave it gas and he went super. I was happy that I turned it round."
Though she didn't make it into the individual finals, Jennifer is extremely happy that she was able to score above 8.0, a mark last achieved by an American (Susan Dutta and Currency DC) at the 2005 World Championships.
"I'm proud that America has been able to send a horse that scores above 8.0. It's really important to me," Hoffmann stated. "I'm very proud to bring home such a score for my country."
Bred by Jürgen Bunge, Rubinio is by Rubin Royal out of Farina (by Florestan). He was competed by the German Henrike Sommer in Germany this 2008 show season before Hoffmann took over the ride as late as 11 July with three weeks to prepare for the Championships.
"We found him in Germany as a three-year old through Mr Brinks at Henrike Sommer's stable. I tried him, loved him and had to buy him," Jennifer reminisced. "He was more than our budget could handle, but we had saved up, so we bought him."
Rubinio stayed in Germany in training with Henrike Sommer who competed him successfully in the materiale and dressage horse classes. "He was kept in Germany because he was a popular breeding stallion there and had a good career for him there," Hoffmann explained.
Rubinio qualified for the Bundeschampionate in September and the LVM Young Horse Championships in Munster in January 2009, so the stallion might stay in Germany for another year. "In January we'll make the decision to bring him home or to keep him one more year in Germany and qualify him again as a 6-year old for the World Championships," said Jennifer. "I have five to six FEI horses at home, so it is not I have nothing to ride."
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July 28, 2008 | Mushroom Matrix News at www.mushroommatrix.com/news
Another Matrix Horse and Rider Off to World Breeding Championships in Germany
The Matrix horse and rider pair of Jennifer Hoffmann and Rubinio have qualified to compete in the 2008 World Breeding Championships, scheduled to be held July 30 to August 3 in Verden, Germany.
Rubinio is a five-year-old Westphalen stallion. He and Jennifer qualified for the world championships while competing in Europe at the National Dressage Show in Greven. The pair beat out a field of 20 horses, winning with a score of 8.2. Their winning score was well ahead of the second-place score of 7.3.
Jennifer's husband, Jürgen said the judges' overall comment on Rubinio was "very talented dressage horse on the correct way in his training." He said Jennifer was thrilled with her win considering that she has only been in Germany with Rubinio since July 11.
Jennifer and Rubinio will now join fellow Matrix team members Willy Arts and Valeska at the World Breeding Championships. Valeska is a Dutch Warmblood mare by Krack C out of Polimbria and owned by DG Bar Ranch. Willy and Valeska qualified for Verden while competing in California this past year. Of the thousands of young horses in the U.S., only three U.S.-owned horses have qualified for the World Breeding Championships and Matrix Vice President Keith Manfred said the Matrix company is excited that two of those are Matrix horses.
"We think it's wonderful," he said. "And we wish Willy and Valeska and Jennifer and Rubinio the best. We hope that not only are they successful in Germany, but also that they have a great time at the World Breeding Championships and a safe trip home to the U.S."
Produced by Golden Gourmet Mushrooms of San Marcos, California, the Matrix is a special blend of organically-grown medicinal mushrooms that comes in formulas for humans, small animals and horses. In addition to Willy Arts and Jennifer Hoffmann, riders and trainers who have joined up with Team Matrix – as the group of equestrian Matrix promoters are called – include dressage couple Shannon and Steffen Peters; Jane Hannigan, who represented the U.S. in the Dressage World Cup this spring; classical trainer and rider Bettina Drummond, Carl Nafzger, trainer of Kentucky Derby winners Street Sense and Unbridled; leading California show jumping rider Will Simpson and U.S. Equestrian Federation Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler and his wife, Susanne.
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July 15, 2008 | American Horses Selected for the 2008 World Young Horse Championships
On Saturday July 19, Jennifer Hoffmann and her 5 years old licensed Westphalen stallion Rubinio had their first outing as preparation for the FEI Young Horse World Championships in Verden. They competed at the National Dressage Show in Greven, Germany in a national class, similar to the FEI 5-year old class with 20 horses in the class. Jennifer and Rubinio won with a score of 8.2, the second placed rider had 7.3. Obviously the judges thought that there was a big difference between the first and the second placed horse. Their all over comment was "very talented dressage horse on the correct way in his training".
Jennifer was very happy, especially considering that she is only back in Germany riding Rubinio since July 11th.
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June 30, 2008 | For Immediate Release
Jennifer Hoffmann and Farinelli Shine at 2008 U.S. Dressage Championships
San Juan Capistrano, Ca.- Jennifer Hoffmann and her Westphalen gelding Farinelli put in an impressive showing in the Prix St. George and Intermediare I at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Dressage Championships/2008 Olympic Selection Trials.
YouTube link for the video of Farinelli to the click here
Competing over two weekends, June 18-22 and June 27-29, the pair ended up 8th at Prix St. George with a 66%, 6th at Intermediare 1 with a 68%, and 4th in the Intermediare Freestyle with a 71.4% ending up with a 6th place finish overall.
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September 27, 2007 | For Immediate Release
Hoffman Places Fourth at 2007 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championships
Lexington, Kentucky – Jennifer Hoffmann and Farinelli, the Westphalen gelding owned by Gay Walker, placed fourth at the National Developing Horse Dressage Championships.
Sponsored by Dr. Ulf Möller of Performance Sales International and Tim Dutta of the Dutta Corporation, the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship was created to provide a step for 7- to 9-year-old horses between the Young Horse ranks and High Performance at the Prix St. Georges/Intermediare I level. This inaugural championship attracted 14 entries from around the country in order to compete for the title of National Developing Horse Dressage Champion.
This new program is revolutionary in our country in order to identify and develop our future U.S. Team horses,” notes Tim Dutta of the Dutta Corporation. “We are proud to support this program and look forward to its continued growth.
August, 2007 | Riding Magazine
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From Pebble Beach to Gladstone & Back Again
For Jennifer Hoffman her journey to the Festival of Champions began years ago.
Jennifer Hoffman and Petit Danseur trotted carefully into the dressage court. But this wasn’t just any dressage court and this competition was more than just another championship class. This was the main arena at the USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, and Jennifer and Petit Danseur, affectionately know as "Dobby," were one of 12 horse and rider combinations that had come from across the country to compete in the Festival of Champions.
As Jennifer rode into the ring a small shiver of excitement ran down her back. Hamilton Farms, which hosts the headquarters, is steeped in tradition and the very trees seem to whisper, "You walk in the footsteps of great champions. They have walked in our fields and competed in our rings. We have watched them rise to greatness. Will you be next?"
It was a question Jennifer longed to answer yes to. Her journey to that moment and the Festival of Champions had begun long before she received her invitation to compete at Gladstone, booked a flight from LAX and packed her bags. It didn’t even begin with the start of the 2007 show season, but long before that, with a childhood dream.
The Journey of a Lifetime
"I suppose my journey began like many little girls; I wanted to grow up and go to the Olympics and represent the U.S. internationally on a team. Most of the Olympic qualifiers are at Gladstone, so for me, going to compete at Gladstone was part of that experience," explains Jennifer Hoffman, successful dressage rider and trainer at German Dressage in Encinitas, which she co-owns and manages with her husband, Jürgen Hoffman.
Her childhood dream of representing the U.S. internationally took her around the world and back. In 1991 she left California and went to Germany, where she spent many years working several different horses to FEI and Grand Prix level. At the DOKR (German Olympic Riding Center) Jennifer was also able to work with Jan Bemelmans and Klaus Balkenhol from time to time.
Jennifer achieved the title of Bereiter (FN) from the German National Federation, and she was the first American to have accomplished this feat. But after much success showing and training in Germany and other parts of Europe, Jennifer desperately wanted to return home and prove her worth in the U.S as an international caliber rider.
She returned to California in 2001 with Jürgen, a successful international rider in his own right and who also holds the title of Pferdewirtcshaftmeister (FN) and a dressage judge in Germany, and Jennifer’s coach. Since her homecoming Jennifer has been long-listed by the USET for the last three years, received multiple Horse of the Year Awards and in 2004 she qualified for the USET Olympic Festival of Champions in San Juan Capistrano.
Qualifying for the Festival with Petit Danseur in San Juan Capistrano was a wonderful experience and a great accomplishment. Yet Jennifer still had her sights set on qualifying for the ride at the famous Gladstone USET Headquarters in New Jersey.
New Jersey Bound
The 2007 season had a bit of a rocky start for Jennifer and Petit Danseur. At their first CDI *** of the season in Pebble Beach the weather was very cool and windy. Petit Danseur was a little fresh and the pair scored a little lower than Jennifer had hoped to. But then the pair attended the final DG Bar USEF High Performance Qualifier Dressage show (see California Riding Magazine, May 2007), and Petit Danseur proved why he was the CDS 2006 Grand Prix Horse of the Year.
He won the Grand Prix Special and was second in the Grand Prix with high scores in both classes, which earned them a spot to go to Gladstone. When Jennifer received the call to attend the Festival of Champions, the pair was in tenth place. Jennifer and Jürgen went to work on prepping Petit Danseur for the show. On June 9 six horses including Dobby flew out of LAX to Newark Airport. "You could say we literally sent our horses FedEx," jokes Jennifer. "All our equipment was sent in a giant FedEx container and the horses were loaded in pairs onto a FedEx plane. The inside of the horse containers look like normal two-stall horse trailers and the horses usually just stand there, pretty quiet."
All the horses loaded well and Jürgen flew with Dobby while Jennifer, her groom and sister, Candice Dymek, flew out the same day on a different plane. Jürgen flies regularly with horses the couple and their clients import from Germany, and knowing he was there with Dobby was a great relief for Jennifer.
The horses were transported from the airport to Gladstone in huge horse vans, where they were given a couple of days to recoup and prepare for the festival. Jennifer used the opportunity to acclimate Dobby to the facility, working him in both the indoor arena and taking him on trail rides across the 100-acre property. They also worked with U.S. Dressage Team Coach, Klaus Balkenhol. "Klaus was there watching over everyone and supporting anyone who needed his help. He came and watched over our training session and was very happy with how Dobby schooled. The time spent working with Klaus was a very nice experience, quiet and personal," Jennifer relays. "When you walk into the ring it feels like you’re stepping back in time. You’re riding where some of the most famous horses and riders in our sport’s history have competed, and you’ve just become part of that long tradition. I remember feeling a lot of pride at having earned the chance to enter that ring." She started out a little conservative, and her first five movements only scored 6s and 7s. Then Jennifer looked up and saw the score board. She realized if they wanted to prove their worth she was going to have to "step it up." She began to push Dobby and ask him to really perform. The pair ended the Grand Prix day and the Grand Prix Special in seventh place and the overall competition in eighth. "I was very happy with his performance. It’s only his second year at Grand Prix and I just wanted to show the judges that he could put in solid scores."
Jennifer wasn’t just impressed with the USET facility, but with the sense of camaraderie she felt with the other riders. "Coming from California we had a lot of riders qualify for Gladstone. So there were not only a lot of riders at the Festival, but also their trainers, grooms, spouses, owners, family and friends that made the long journey to Gladstone to cheer each and every one of us on. It was just an incredible atmosphere. I had the opportunity to meet of few of the East Coast riders that I had never met and reacquaint myself with riders I had not seen in a while."
Jennifer says all of these wonderful achievements would not have been possible without the support of her long time friend, owner and sponsor Georgia Griffiths. Georgia has stood by her side and supported Jennifer every step of the way. "I cannot begin to say how thankful I am to have her behind me."
Jennifer would like to qualify for the 2008 Festival of Champions. However, since it’s an Olympic year there is an entirely different set of qualifiers - the CDI*** competitions will only count for the Olympics Trials. But she has no doubts that this isn’t the last time she and Petit Danseur will stand on the hallowed ground that is Gladstone. And one day she is going answer the wind with "yes!"
For more information on Jennifer and Jürgen Hoffman and German Dressage, Inc. call 760-744-5935, email them at email@example.com or visit them on the web at www.germandressage.com.
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March 2007 | By Julianna Newell for Collective Marks
Classical Principles: Classical Principles at German Dressage Clinic
January 12-13, 2008: Eleven horse and rider combinations ranging from training through fourth level participated in a 2 day complimentary clinic with Jürgen and Jennifer Hoffmann at Rancho Los Amigos Equestrian Center located in Encinitas, California.
The idea of offering a complimentary clinic came about after brainstorming with some clients about ways to give back to the community. Certainly, having a clinic is nothing new but by inviting riders and auditors to participate free of charge allowed everyone an equal learning opportunity. Many riders do not have access to or the ability to afford working with a trainer on a consistent basis. For these people, the Hoffmann’s wanted to provide valuable tools that they could use at home to improve their riding. "Our goal was to show how focusing on correct basics by moving forward in a straight and supple manner, allows the "movement" to just happen. We are very fortunate. We work and live in one of the nicest spots in the country, have great clients, wonderful horses, and a great work team. We feel so grateful and want to share our knowledge with those who could really benefit," explained Jürgen.
With gracious hospitality, riders and their mounts were treated to freshly bedded stalls and a ring-side continental breakfast. Gillian Ryan, who rode her 6 year old Hanoverian gelding, Payton, raved "It was a wonderful experience from the time we arrived to the time we left. Your hospitality was incredible. Payton and I not only felt very welcomed, but also pampered. Everything was so well organized and each detail well thought out and attended to. I wouldn’t be surprised if I learned that you ordered the beautiful weather as well!"
The Hoffmann’s credentials are quite impressive. Jürgen, a native of Germany, was awarded the title of Pferdwirtschaftmeister FN by the German National Federation and is also a licensed Dressage Judge in Germany. Jennifer, his wife, is a native Californian who lived and studied in Germany and earned the title of Bereiter FN in 1996 in Warendorf, Germany. Both Jürgen and Jennifer have trained and competed numerous horses to the FEI levels.
In order to showcase their individual training styles, the Hoffmanns took turns giving lessons. Regardless of who was teaching, the message was clear: correct riding revolves around the six building blocks of the German Training Pyramid which are rhythm, relaxation, contact, impulsion, straightness, and collection. Each rider, without exception, was asked to ride their horse forward working on achieving true rhythm, relaxation and contact. “It’s not about just riding the movements,” explained Jennifer. “It’s about creating a correct foundation. The movements will come naturally if you have the basics”. Liv Gude, who rode her recently acquired Swedish schoolmaster Miguel, proved that point. Encouraged to ride her horse forward into the contact while focusing on developing and maintaining her horse’s rhythm, she was asked to canter across the diagonal and complete a sequence of three flying changes, a movement she had yet to ride on this horse. Miguel, who was moving forward with true balance and rhythm, performed 3 solid changes and was rewarded with hearty applause from the audience. Both horse and rider were focusing on correct basics culminating in a beautiful, relaxed and correct movement.
On Saturday, the Hoffmanns gave a young horse demonstration. Jennifer rode her own Delacroix, a 6 year old Westfalen and Birthe Laufer, one of the German Dressage Bereiters, rode Alazon, a 5 year old Swedish Stallion owned by Jeri Bonesteele. The differences in maturity and development were noted between the two horses. Although a full year apart, each horse was essentially ridden the same, with a focus on riding the horse forward allowing him to find his natural balance with the rider. The Hoffmanns have a special interest and expertise in the developing young horse and currently have many youngsters successfully moving up the levels. Those who audited agreed, every horse ridden in the clinic improved significantly. Valerie Cheatham who rode her 7 year old Hanoverian gelding, Weltraumer, stated “Thank you all so much for the opportunity to ride at such a lovely facility and for the excellent coaching. My horse was in such improved balance! Enough of this feeling lasted until our show last weekend where we won the Dover Medal 2nd level class. I was thrilled!” Sarah Clark who rode Nepenthe, a 13 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding had this to share, "I felt like royalty from the moment I arrived until the moment I left. You even made sure to keep track of my lunch! Both the Hoffmanns used classical principles and the training scale in all the lessons that I watched, and I learned from watching the other lessons. Thank you again for including me in this event."
If a great clinic ride wasn’t enough, all riders and the 30+ auditors enjoyed a delicious lunch on the patio while participating in a really fun raffle. As an added bonus, each rider received a gift bag filled with wonderful items donated by Custom Saddlery, Hay House Publishing, Carter’s Hay and Grain, Professional Choice, Fleeceworks, and LubriSyn. If you are interested in attending or riding in future clinics contact Julianna Newell at (858) 692 4145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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