Two Saumur Successes for USA’s Jennifer Hoffmann & Rubinio, Heading to Grand Prix

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Jennifer Hoffman and Rubinio NRW.
Jennifer Hoffman and Rubinio NRW.

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

With two successful performances by Jennifer Hoffmann and Rubinio NRW at the Saumur CDI3* Medium Tour, the German-based partnership plans to move to Grand Prix “very soon” to continue the dream of developing the horse from a youngster all the way to making a United States championship team.

In a journey that has seen Jennifer take the 11-year-old black Westfalen stallion from California to Germany to take care of family, she rode Rubinio at their inaugural Intermediate A and B competitions this weekend. The pair placed second behind Germany’s Oliver Oelrich and Doktor Schiwago. Jennifer and Rubinio had spent two years at small tour.

“I am really excited for our future and am thrilled to have a horse with this much quality and heart to become a potential USA team horse,” Jennifer told dressage-news.com.

Jennifer and her husband, Jürgen, operated a successful training in business in Encinitas, California with an emhasis on developing young horses. Rubinio was one of those.

She qualified Rubinio (Rubin Royal x Florestan I) as a five-year-old for the 2008 World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany. The horse was the sole United States entry in the six-year-old championships a year later that would have made history as the first by an American to compete in two consecutive Verden eventss.

But Rubinio broke a splint bone just days before the competition and had to be scratched.

Shortly after, Jennifer’s father-in-law died leaving her husbands’ mother, who had significant health issues, alone in Germany.

With no other siblings to help, Jennifer and Jürgen relocated to the Munsterland district of Germany at the end of 2010.

Initially, they trained horses at Letter Borg stud then moved to Austria for a year.

They are now back in Germany and Jennifer has resumed training the stallions Florentinus V, Instertanz V and Ratzinger V owned by Letter Berg.

The Saumur show, Jennifer said, “was great practice and very supplemental for our continued training. I am really happy with Rubinio’s progress thus far, being in Saumur really helped us build our skills in the piaffe/passage tour.”

The pair scored 69.686 per cent in the first day’s Intermediate A and 67.429 per cent in the Int. B the following day. Rubinio received multiple scores of eight for his piaffe and extended trots and nines for his walk.