Elly Schobel
  1. Oyentè
  2. The Guardyan
  3. Fox Cry Nicodemus
    Fox Cry Nicodemus
  4. Oyentè
  5. The Guardyan
  6. Raison d'Etre
  7. Plaisir d'Amerique
    Plaisir d'Amerique
  8. Noteable
  9. Dobee Dividend

Welcome to EllySchobeldressage.com! Elly Schobel is German born, trained Bereiter FN, Grand Prix dressage trainer, rider, and coach. She is based out of Aiken, SC at her farm, The Homestedt, with horses ranging from adorable rescue mini horses to her Grand Prix stallion, Oyentè. Elly also resides with her many dogs, usually somewhere around 10, so as you can imagine it can get a little exciting at times!
She has successfully trained numerous horses from green to Grand Prix and is now becoming active in the eventing circuit with her homebred pony 'The Guardyan'. Better watch out for those two!



After being in the horse business as a breeder, rider, competitor and agent for 20+ years, I have decided to change the focus of the business towards sport ponies.

The center of the breeding part of my business will be my Welsh B pony stallion Foxcry Nicodemus whose offspring have proven to be top quality show ponies such as my event partner The Guardyan and the lovely The Contessa .

My broodmares were selected using the tough criteria, such as show records, conformation, gaits and temperament are:

Von Africa LF, aka VA is a 15.2 hands elegant, athletic RPSI mare by the well-known Swedish stallion Vermouth (winner of his 2008 Swedish stallion testing). VA has been a successful eventing horse, winning at Novice and placing well at Training. I chose her for her conformation, gaits, and above average intelligence. VA came to me through my good friend Pippa Moon.

She Went Caraway, aka CC is a 15.2 hands big bodied type TB mare by Notable Cat ( by Storm Cat). CC was the personal favorite of a well-known polo player and came to me through my good friends Kim Townsend and Jesse Torres. She exemplifies what I look for in my broodmares........femininity, substantial bones, excellent hip/shoulder ratio, in short - she IS a broodmare.

I am very excited about my decision to focus on sport ponies because as you know PONIES RULE! Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

An amazing opportunity was presented to me a few weeks ago and I took it (as you all know, opportunity only knocks once :))
We are now officially in the South Carolina Low Country, still close enough to Aiken for me to coach and compete, but definitely closer to the SC Coast.
So far 2016 has been a year of many changes - more bad than good. However, I am a born optimist and usually view the famous glass as half full. So, my first trip to the American Eventing Championship did not turn out as planned - but both The Wonder Pony, aka The Guardyan and I learned some valuable lessons. The same can be said for our last event of 2016, Stableview. The Wonder Pony was just a tad bit over-conditioned and after a stellar dressage (leading the division) he bucked me off during Stadium warm up (yep, that was embarrassing) and proceeded to entertain the entire trailer parking area with his antics. We did manage to catch him, but he was very proud of himself and settling into work was not in the cards - so, we demolished the first jump in stadium, had a "WOW' cross country round, but ended up placing 6th, instead of 1st. Oh well - such is life. We definitely had a blast ! 
The plan for 2017 is to move The Wonder Pony up to Third/Fourth Level, maybe do Developing PSG later in the season. Along with dressage, we will be concentrating on improving our stadium rounds, before moving up to Training Level Eventing.
I will also be competing my sales horses at some of the many local Events, such as Appletree, The Vista, Full Gallop, Sporting Days and Paradise Farm. Please contact myself or my coach Kate Brown if you are looking for a talented youngster for both Eventing and Dressage.

AECs, here we come - those are three words I never thought I would utter - seriously!  As a German born and trained dressage rider, I have spent my life training, coaching and competing through Grand Prix, not a jump, never mind a solid fence in sight. However, living in Aiken SC I have coached many Eventers during the winter months and their enthusiasm for this sport was infectious.
So, when my then 4 year old homebred Welsh/TB pony gelding did not sell as a show hunter, this middle aged DQ swung her leg over his back and life was never the same. At 14.1, Gee is not a giant in stature, but you'd never know it when riding him. Feisty, athletic and irrepressible, he gives his rider a sense of confidence. I have to thank Sammie Di Maria for this. She started him, under the tutelage of my friend Mollie Moss and when Sammie went back to college, Gee and I started taking our first jumping lessons with Mollie. I can't stress enough how far outside my comfort zone this was - yikes.

But Gee just kept trucking - bad distances, rider hanging off the side or in his mouth - he just kept jumping. Eventually I started to trust the concept and it became less embarrassing/painful to watch.

Our first show was BN at Stableview, the premier show facility here in Aiken - after dressage at XC we were 2nd - stadium was another story (rider was just awful), poor Gee, so we ended up in 4th place.

Shortly after that I met the 4* eventer Kate Brown, who has a beautiful facility right here in Aiken and we struck a deal - I coach her in dressage, she became my Eventing coach.  I really appreciate her style of teaching, as does Gee. Her standard saying is: 'He is just cantering over these fences - can't wait for them to be big enough for him to start jumping'.

Over the last 12 months we have slowly made our way through BN and moved to Novice at 2015 Pinetop Thanksgiving - where we won for the first time. I was so thrilled - what a feeling of accomplishment! This was followed by another win at Sporting Days and a second place at Full Gallop Farm and here we are - going to AECs. What a blast I have had so far, thanks to my coaches and one wonderful ATP (All Terrain Pony) - Go Eventing!
We are excited to announce that the North American TB Society wants to follow Simply Royal's path to Grand Prix with Elly!
Simply Royal is not a typical TB, usually people refer to him as that ‘imported gelding’.  At 16.1 hands, he is not tall, but is built like a brick house, with impressive gaits and a bright coppery coat.  Many clients tried him, but each and every one was unable to contain all that power and forward energy.
When Elly’s retired Grand Prix stallion Oyentè decided that Simply Royal was to be HIS companion, this TB found his permanent home.
Simply Royal is green for his age, so Elly has put together a detailed training plan to move him through the levels. The goal is to eventually compete Simply Royal at Grand Prix, but as a smart person once said: ‘It’s not the destination that matters, but the journey’ – and what a fun journey it will be!


2014 USEA YEH Championship for 4 year olds - De Luetjie MF
2013 Dressage at Devon Chevy Cup - Oyentè
2012 USEA Future Event Horse East Coast Champion - De Luetjie MF
2011 Andalusian Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year - Oyentè
2010 Andalusian Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year - Oyentè
2010 WEG US Para Team - Raison d'Etre

2009 Young Dressage Horse World Championship Selection Champion
2009 CDI Palm Beach, Winner Inter. 2 - Raison d'Etre
2007 USDF Horse of the Year - Dame d'Allemagne
2007 USDF All Breed Welsh Pony of the Year - Fox Cry Nicodemus

2006 Young Dressage Horse World Championship Selection Champion
2005 USDF Horse of the Year - Raison de Joie
2004 USET Selection Trial FEI Six year old Champion - Raison d'Etre
2003 USET World Young Horse Championship - USET Short list - Raison d'Etre

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