Del Mar, CA (April 25, 2015) Jan Ebeling and FRH Rassolini, Vantage Equestrian's 12-year-old Hessen stallion, wowed the crowd at the Evening of Musical Freestyles at the Del Mar National Horse Show in California, receiving a score of 71.500% to win the $5,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Ebeling was attracted to the stallion (Rubioso N and out of Sweetheart, a Silvano N - Romadour II mare) because of his fantastic basic gaits and the training he’s received from German rider, Kathrin Meyer zu Strohen.
Strohen and FRH Rassolini earned the championship at the 2010 Nürnberger Burgpokal in Germany. The dark chestnut began showing Grand Prix in mid-2012. Ebeling knew Rassolini was special when he first went to try the horse and saw Strohen’s 12-year-old daughter taking a spin around the arena for her birthday. “I love his temperament—not many breeding stallions can do that!” he said.
FRH Rassolini was purchased for Ebeling in part by the “three amigos”—Beth Meyer, Ann Romney and Amy Ebeling, who own Rafalca. The group brought an additional seven investors on board to comprise the 10-person alliance that will support Rassolini and Ebeling’s future competitive endeavors.
Ebeling is setting his sights high for FRH Rassolini: “We have big hopes, the greatest hopes for him,” he said. “We are hoping with this new partnership that U.S. dressage will be able to really be visible globally again. I’m excited that we were able to secure a horse like that for the U.S.”
Video of Jan Ebeling & FRH Rassolini Winning $5,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at Del Mar: