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"A Tribute to Dr. Reiner Klimke"

November 2-4, 2001
Johnson & Wales Equine Center & Inn
Rehoboth/Seekonk, MA

Sponsored by Dressage Today Magazine & Euro-American Saddlery of Ringoes, NJ

New England Dressage Association is excited to present Ralf Isselhorst of Nottuln, Germany for a three-day clinic and interactive demonstration day on Friday, November 2, 2001 through Sunday, November 4, 2001 at the Johnson and Wales University Equine Center in Rehoboth, MA. Now an international judge, rider, trainer and coach in his own right, Mr. Isselhorst worked with Dr. Reiner Klimke as a working student and assistant trainer for 18 years.

Ralf Isselhorst began his riding career in the eventing world at age 13 and was regional 3-day Junior Champion by the age of 16. After graduating from college, he began apprenticing with Dr. Reiner Klimke. Apprenticeship is normally three years, but Mr. Isselhorst passed his "Bereiter" exam after only two years and received his "Reitleher (FN)" with honors in 1985. Even as a very young professional, Mr. Isselhorst gave clinics all over Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia, and served as trainer for the Korean Olympic team in 1988. At the same time, he also trained and competed several Grand Prix horses, receiving his Gold Riding medal in 1988.

Mr. Isselhorst has trained many horses to their FEI debuts, including "Sonny Boy" who went to the Seoul Olympics with Daria Fantoni for Italy, and "Amadeus," a successful international horse for Sven Rothenberger. He is an "I" judge, and has met his personal goal to present a Grand Prix horse each year. He operates an extensive facility with two indoor arenas, three outdoor arenas and a complete cross-country course near Muenster, Germany while maintaining an active teaching and coaching schedule throughout the world.

The clinic has been organized so that Friday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 4th will be traditional clinic days and Saturday will be an interactive demonstration day especially geared to auditors. There will be a total of 16 riders accepted into the clinic at all levels. Each rider will have a private lesson on Friday or Sunday and all riders will participate in the interactive demonstration day on Saturday. The interactive demonstration day will have two riders demonstrating the progression of movements at each level from Training - FEI with in-depth auditor participation. At the beginning of each hour in a brief choreographed demonstration, the riders at each level will show the specific movements, appropriate frame and quality of gaits expected at each level and then Mr. Isselhorst will offer each rider individual exercises for improvement.

Professionals, amateurs and juniors are encouraged to apply to be clinic riders. Selection will be made by evaluation of the written application and a video and will be based on the horse and rider combinations most appropriate for each level. This is an exciting opportunity not to be missed and the Johnson and Wales facility is lovely for horses, with excellent indoor and outdoor footing, a quality sound system, large stalls and great support care by the Johnson and Wales staff and students. Sponsor Euro-American Saddlery is donating saddle pads for each rider to use . Selected riders and one groom are entitled to audit all days of the clinic to increase the educational experience.

This Isselhorst clinic will be an exceptional educational experience for auditors, for one day or all three. The Johnson and Wales Equine Center is a great venue for auditors as well as riders, and Mr. Isselhorst speaks excellent English. The Euro-American Saddlery tack shop will be on site during the clinic days and will hold mini-clinics at lunchtime on as equestrian equipment, boots, etc. Seating is limited and this clinic will sell out, so be sure to reserve early so you don't miss out!

For further information and applications, contact Cindy Snowden at (978) 465-0437 or or go to

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