Wednesday’s schedule included a visit to the Worcestershire-base of one of the best-known families in the world of dressage.
For the last 30 years, Pink Green Farm in Redditch has been home to International Dressage Rider and Trainer Ferdi Eilberg, his wife Geri and their children Michael and Maria – who are both International dressage riders in their own right.
On arrival, the students were greeted by Geri Eilburg who started proceedings with a guided tour of their beautifully designed yard and top-class facilities.
Next, there was the opportunity to view a selection of the broodmares and youngstock on site and to meet some of the equine superstars that the Eilbergs’ have in training.
Michael Eilberg introduced his double World Young Horse Champion, the stunning 10-year-old mare, Woodlander Farouche, along with other horses such as Elena Knyaginicheva’s Der Designer who he was preparing for the Arbonne Dressage Future Elite Championships at the Horse of the Year Show.
These championships are held annually and aim to showcase up-and-coming dressage horses. Following our visit, Michael went on to put in an impressive performance aboard SA Ceour – an Oldenberg gelding also owned by Elena Knyaginicheva – to take this year’s title after judges awarded the duo a score of 75.32%, while his sister Maria Eilberg also featured in the top-ten placings riding Sarotti 57.
Students benefited from Maria’s expertise when they observed her training one of her dressage stars, while Michael explained the way in which the team approaches the backing and training of young horses with the help of Stable Jockey Greg Sims.
Geri Eilberg commented: “It was a pleasure to show the students from Reaseheath College around our yard. I hope it will give them an insight into the way we manage and produce the modern sport horse and the roles that people play behind the scene to make this possible.”