Caroline Roffman’s Pie Leased to German-based Sylvia Gugler

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Sylvia Gugler competing Pie at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Sylvia Gugler competing Pie at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 26, 2014–Caroline Roffman has leased her Pie to German-based amateur Sylvia Gugler who has been competing the Hanoverian gelding at the Global Dressage Festival as well as jumpers at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida this season.

Sylvia, who is Austrian but also has American citizenship and has declared to ride for the United States, is scheduled to take the 12-year-old horse to the training center operated at Pfungstadt with her husband, Dietmar Gugler, the German show jumper talent trainer.

Pie (Worldly x World Cup I) is the second horse leased by Caroline, based in Wellington, Florida, this season and is unusual in that American-trained horses do not usually go to Europe.

She recently finalized a deal with Chase Hickok, also of Wellington, to lease Sagacious HF for the Under-25 circuit. On Sagacious, Caroline became the first American to compete in the Under-25 division at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany where the pair was reserve champion in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle for the 16-25 age group.

Pie, named for the star horse in National Velvet, was bought by Caroline as a four-year-old and trained by her through the levels to become the United States Intermedaire 1 Champion in 20102. He was Reserve Champion at the U.S. Developing Horse Championship in 2011.

The 37-year-old Sylvia is the mother of a two-year-old son, Konstantin, and with her husband own a house in Wellington. She is an accomplished jumper and dressage rider who last year brought the experienced Baudolino to compete in Florida. She did not bring the horse this year as part of the group of 15 horses she and her husband shipped from Germany for the winter circuit.

Pie, she told dressage-news.com, is “an amazing, fantastic horse. He is so good, he knows everything. He’s very gentle, a very very nice horse.

“He has been super ridden and very well educated.”

USA's Caroline Roffman on Pie, top scoring combination qualifying for Nations Cup. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
USA’s Caroline Roffman on Pie, top scoring combination qualifying for the Nations Cup in 2012. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Caroline said she was “flattered” that such an accomplished rider as Sylvia found the training on Pie to be to her liking.