Hosts

CURRENT CO-HOSTS:

Reese Koffler Stanfield

Reese Koffler Stanfield, United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, is a lifelong professional horseman who has successfully competed in the sport of Dressage since early childhood. Reese enjoyed a stellar Advanced Young Rider career. She is now a nationally and  internationally ranked professional High Performance competitor. Reese is a United States Dressage Federation Certified Instructor/Trainer through Fourth Level. Reese has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and a M.A. from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

Reese has trained with Olympic Coach, Conrad Schumacher, Hofgut Neuhof, near Frankfort Germany from October 1998 – May 1999, and from November 2001- April 2002. She presently trains with both Mr. Schumacher, and FEI “S” judge and world-class trainer, Kathy Connelly, in Wellington Florida. Additionally, she has worked with Jessica Ransehousen, Ellen Bontje, and George Williams.

Reese’s current Grand Prix partner is Goubergh’s Kasper, a 16.3h chestnut Dutch Warmblood who carries with him a lengthy and prestigious resume.  In January 2009, Reese and Kasper won the Grand Prix Special at the Gold Coast Opener, and went on in February to win the Grand Prix Special and placed third in the Open Grand Prix at the Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***. In March, the pair placed fourth and were the highest scoring American Horse/Rider combination in the WEF CDI***.

At the Collection Gaits National Grand Prix Festival of Champions in June 2009 Reese and Kasper finished fourth overall placing them on the distinguished USEF Long List and Eligible Athlete Committee. In 2010, Reese and Kasper competed in several International Competitions finishing in Fourth Place Grand Prix Freestyle in the Kentucky Cup CDI *** and Lamplight CDI ***. Also in 2010, Reese was the Head Eventing Dressage Coach for Argentina in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

In 2010 and 2011, Reese was asked to be a presenter and performer at Equine Affair in Columbus, Ohio.

Along with a very active High Performance career Reese is a member of several local and National Committees including USEF Safety Committee, USEF Stewarts and Technical Delegate Committee, Advisor to the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative, Advisor to the Georgetown College Equine Scholars, and member of the Masterson Equestrian Trust or M.E.T.  Reese is a sought after trainer and clinician who gives numerous clinics nationwide to all levels of riders and resides on her farm (Maplecrest Farm of Lexington) in Georgetown, KY with her husband Travis, her Newfoundland dog Annapurna, and her horses.

Philip Parkes

Philip began riding at an early age and as a teenager he turned his focus to competitive dressage. Since then he has competed many horses through the levels up to Intermediare. After spending over a year in Belgium as a working student for dutch team member Johan Rockx and his wife Penny Rockx, Philip returned to Canada to help horses and riders as a professional.

Philip works regularly with Canadian Grand Prix riders Cindy and Neil Ishoy, participates in the annual Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium held by Harmony Sport Horses and Hassler Dressage, and promotes dressage at the local level as president of Conestoga CADORA. Throughout his life, Philip has strived to provide compassionate and fair training and coaching of superior quality to all of the horses and riders that he works with.

Once a Month Western Dressage Episode:

Dante and Dolly Ribbons

Karen Abbattista

Karen Abbattista is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, a recipient of the USDF Bronze and Silver Musical Freestyle Bars, and a Learner Judge Program Graduate with Distinction.  Horses she’s ridden and trained hold numerous USEF Horse of the Year and USDF All-Breed titles.
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Recognizing that dressage is not saddle specific, and holding no breed bias, Karen enthusiastically promotes classical dressage principles for all horses and riders..  WIth Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossilion, she presents the DIscover Western Dressage Symposium and produced the curriculum to sanction Western Dressage instructors for the Western Dressage Association of Florida.
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Karen met co-host Tim Christensen at one of the first Western Dressage Symposiums she presented.  Sharing similar training philosophies and the desire to bring out the best in every horse and rider, she and Tim have become popular Western Dressage clinicians.  For more information about Karen, you can visit her website www.karenabbattistadressage.com
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Tim Christensen

Tim is a Professional Horse Trainer, Instructor and Clinician. He has shown, trained and coached numerous horses that have earned numerous World and Reserve World Championships, National High Points, as well as State and Regional Titles in the breed associations.

Past President of The Michigan Quarter Horse Association and The Michigan Snaffle Bit Association. A graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with B.S in Business Administration. A 20 year sales representative in the Animal Health Industry for Hills Pet Products, The Lextron Corporation and The Butler Company.

In 2015 I began a transition into the Western Dressage Discipline. It has been nothing short of an incredible experience learning a completely new discipline, and meeting so many wonderful people. 2015 was highlighted with two World Championships at the WDAA World Show. I am so excited about Western Dressage and all the enthusiasm in has generated within the industry………..it has truly restored my passion for riding!”