About Elly

Elly is a German born and trained Dressage rider who immigrated to the US many years ago and became a US citizen in 1992. She started her riding career like most German kids at a regional riding club. For Elly it was St. Georg in Bremen and continued her studies at various other facilities until she received her degree as a Bereiter FN. A short time later, Elly came to the US, in her words, “to find out what all the fuss was about”. It quickly became apparent to her, that this was to become her permanent home.

        From the beginning, Elly had a love for the US Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horse. She trained horses of both breeds to Grand Prix, as well as qualifying for the Palomino Worldchampionship in-hand. In addition to riding smart TBs and QHs, Elly also rode and trained Arabs and Andalusians, winning multiple Championships with both breeds.
 
        Elly's first taste of real success came with Peg Johnson-Blosser's powerful, bright red, chestnut mare Noteable. Bred by her daughter Kate, Noteable, aka Tessa-Lu, came to Elly as an unstarted 3 yr old. It was not love at first sight, but eventually it became clear, that Elly and Tessa were a duo to be reckoned with. From Training Level to PSG/Int. 1 they collected many ribbons. After their very first GP together, however, it became obvious to Elly, that her beloved mare would not be an international caliber GP horse. Together with Peg Blosser, they decided to retire Tessa and breed her to Dreamtime Farm's Regulus (sire of Raison d'Etre). The foal, now 7 years old, was named Reve D'Ore and is now owned by South Carolina Eventing rider/instructor Sharon Grimstad. Tessa unfortunately passed away from old age in April 2016.

Elly's career took an upwards swing when she purchased a leggy 3 year old AWR gelding named Raison d'Etre from his breeder Dreamtime Farm in KY. They were long listed for World championship for Young Horse in Germany as 5 year old, winning USEF Young Horse World championship Qualifier as a 6 year old, continuing to many wins/placings at PSG/Inter.1, winning Inter.2 at CDI Palm Beach Derby and then to GP.

In 2010, WEG was a goal, but money to compete was not available, so Elly offered Ralee to her friend Robin Brueckmann and they made the US Para Team and were highest placed US team. Ralee went on to be partnered with Kalyn Harrington and win California Junior title before returning to SC and become the USDF Silver and Gold medal partner of Leslie Cradock, who became his last competitive rider, although Elly still owns him. 

            Ralee was not the only successful Grand Prix dressage horse Elly made from scratch. In 2000 she was introduced to Harry and Beckie Butler and their beloved Andalusian stallion Oyentè, aka Oye or Oze P, as he is known to his fans from Sweden to South Africa. At that time, Andalusians were rare in the dressage rings in the US, so Elly decided to compete Oye in Open classes to showcase him as a dressage horse first and an Andalusian second. From Materiale and in-hand Championships to being named USDF All Breed Grand Prix Andalusian of the Year, Oye has done it all. Although, a freak accident forced his retirement which he enjoys at Elly's farm. During that time, Oye’s owners had become the most loyal supporters of Elly's long career and their support is deeply appreciated.

            After retiring both Ralee and Oye, Elly was a bit at a loss. The horses she had purchased or bred to replace Ralee and Oye, turned out to be more talented/interested in eventing, a sport Elly knew little of, but had been introduced to by a number of upper level riders who had started training with her.

            De Luetje MF, a Hanoverian mare by Don Principe, bred by Marydell Farms was the best example. Purchased by Elly as a dressage prospect, Nini, made it clear, that her talent was jumping and galloping, instead of dressage. In 2013 Nini was the USEA FEH East Coast Champion, and with Mollie Moss, a good friend and Elly's first Eventing coach, Nini placed 3rd in the 2014 USEA YEH Championship for 4 year olds. At that time, Mollie and Nini had become so close, that Elly decided to hand over the reins of this remarkable mare to Mollie for good and make her half owner.

           Then came a feisty little pony gelding named The Guardyan. He was bred to be a sales pony, Gee was started by Sammie DiMaria, a working student of Mollie's. When Sammie went back to college, Gee was without a rider,
so Elly swung her leg over and together they started to aim towards eventing. Elly had not jumped in 2 decades, but with Mollie's help, they mastered their first Beginner Novice event and came in 4th.
           
At this time, Elly had been coaching Kate Brown, a 4* eventer who wanted to earn her USDF Bronze and Silver medals, which she accomplished with her then 7 year old Dutch Eventer gelding Dylano Q, in 18 months. It was only logical to ask Kate to coach Elly and Gee and the result was a win at their first Novice event at Pine Top Farm in GA. Elly has big plans for the future in Eventing and Dressage.
      
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