Jan Ebeling’s Bright Young Hope

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Breitan being ridden by Jan Ebeling. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Breitan being ridden by Jan Ebeling. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Breitan, just five years old, has the gaits to look as if the stallion could head straight back to Germany for Jan Ebeling to compete at young horse championships.

That is a year away if all goes well for the chestnut Hanoverian that Rob-Rom Enterprises LLC made up of Ann Romney, Beth Mayer and Amy Ebeling bought two years ago for Jan to develop as an international prospect for America. The same partnership owns Rafalca and Sandrina.

He was bought two years ago from Wolfram Wittig, the longtime coach of Isabell Werth and Jan. Since then he has been trained at the Wittig farm in Rahden, Germany, ridden primarily by Brigitte Wittig, Wolfram’s wife and a top international level competitor.

Breitan is by the Wittig-owned Breitling W out of Carrera (Blue Hors Cavan and Documenta, a Donnerhall mare).

Jan Ebeling - Breitan_JB_3738 web“Our goal,” Jan told dressage-news.com, “is to prepare for the World Young Horse Breeding Championships in Verden next year.” He rode Breitan at the quarantine station near the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey, where he

“We love to bring up young horses, develop them for the future.

“We think Breitan is very special.”

So, too, does Wolfram who told dressage-news.com during a visit to his farm 10 months ago that he thought Breitan had a bright future.

Breitan appears more mature and balanced, and relaxed, with a “no problem” response to requests for a change or other movements.

The German-born Jan, 52, is an accomplished international competitor. He was the highest placing rider on the U.S. gold medal team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.

At the recent U.S. selection trials for the World Equestrian Games, he will be remembered for the exciting Grand Prix Freestyle on Rafalca for third place. He also competed Sandrina in the trials, the only rider to qualify two horses.

Jan Ebeling riding Breitan in Germany in 2009. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jan Ebeling riding Breitan in Germany in 2009. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com