June 2004 - Classical Jazz our precious love, we'll always miss you. Hope the grass is green and sweet and you get as much grain as you want!!!
2016 has been a blur - with so much happening that the website took a back seat :-(
10-10-2015: Team Tanz and Sunshine Dressage had a fun weekend at the Conyers regional championship! With Iris's help, Tanz and Bryana placed first and second in their I1 classes, with the 2nd place test ridden in a torrential downpour. They also had a good PSG ride. It was a great, fun show - largest regionals in the US.
9-6-2015: Bry and Tanz debuted at Intermediaire 1 at the Jacksonville RideLite dressage show on September 5 & 6. Saturday they received 61.184 and 2nd place, Sunday, a 66.184% i and FEI reserve champion for the weekend!
8-10-2015: Team Tanz had a very successful weekend at the Canterbury Summer Sizzler! Bryana and Tanz earned a 71% and a 67.9% in their musical freestyle, walking away with the AA/JRYR freestyle Grand Champion award! They also earned a 63+% to win their large PSG class, and were the AA/JRYR FEI Reserve Grand Champions! Without the hard work and dedication of Iris Eppinger, these scores wouldn't have been possible. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Bryana and Tanz!
7-5-2015: Cassel Rock Trakehner's Amaraska wins Ostfriesland Regional Championships in Cross Country! Janina Romkows (rider/trainer) followed the regionals up and was part of the Gold-Winning team at the Nationals, 5th overall. Great finish to a wonderful season for Nina and Ammi!!!
6-6-2015: Tanzeln *Ps* and Bryana Smith got a 69% and a 67% on their 4th level freestyles, and two 63%'s in the PSG. They also brought home Junior high point for the show!
5-10-2015: Kiera, 2005 dark bay mare by Tanzeln *Ps*, out of Korinna by Memeltanz. Bred by John and Kari Cassel, owned and ridden by Cheryl Youngman, Florida showed Fourth Level Test 1 at the May Day Qualifier in Florida on 5/10, placing 1st with 65.811%. Cheryl and Kiki also placed 2nd with a 61.282% at Third Level Test 3 on May 9.
3-29-2015: Tanzeln, ridden by Bry Smith and coached by Iris Eppinger, had a very successful outing over the 3/28 & 3/29 weekend, getting 2 PSG qualifying scores over 62 and getting the last score needed for the American Trakehner Association Performance Silver *Ps* award. Tanzeln's name is now officially Tanzeln *Ps*! The pair also got great scores at their first ever 4th level freestyle with Bry putting together some fun music from Game of Thrones. Tanz clearly likes it and "tried his heart out" for Bry! Congratulations!!!
3-21-2015: Helena (registered as Madalena) by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Mixta by Erzsand *E*, had a great outing at South East Horseshows February 28-Mar 1 in Newbury, FL. Helena, bred by Connie West, owned by Conie Coultrap and ridden by Eline Eckroth WON First Level, Test 1 on a score of 68.9, also WON First Level, Test 2 on a 72.3 and placed 5th at First, 3 on a 67.9.
2014 Awards 2 Tanzeln offspring were recognized in the 2014 H/J rankings by the ATA:
11-2-2014: Benton of Tartan Farm, 2008 gelding by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Blaire of Tartan Farm by Hailo *Pg*E*finished the year as champion in USDF All Breeds for the American Trakehner Association at Second Level and 47th in overall USDF standings with a 68.214%. He's also had a great show season, with scores at Second Level up to 71+%. Congratulations to his owner/breeder Karen Smith, Tartan Farm and his riders Katie Stoy and James Koford!
10-26-2014:Tanzeln *Pb* with Janina Romkowski riding and Iris Eppinger coaching continued his Prix St Georges success with 1st and 2nd place finishes with a 65.658% and a 64.342% respectively at the Canterbury Showplace Spooktacular Show in Newberry, Fl on 10/25 & 261.
10-26-2014: Flannigan, 2007 gelding by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Fire Angel by Emeer took the blue and the high point trakehner ribbon at his 2nd level debut at the Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Fl. Ridden by Janina Romkowski, Flannigan scored 70% for the blue on 10/255 and 66.571% for a 2nd place on 10/26.
10-26-2014: Cabela, 2009 mare by Hailo *Pg*E** out of Center Swing xx by Dance Centre xx continued her 1st level success with two 1st place finishes with a 68.065% and a 63.871% at the Canterbury Showplace Spooktacular Show in Newberry, Fl on 10/25 & 261. Ridden by Nina Romkowski and coached by Iris Eppinger.
9-16-2014: Tanzeln *Pb* with Janina Romkowski riding and Iris Eppinger coaching, added to their PSG scores at the Wellington Dressage Challenge and Championship on 9/16-19 with an amazing number of horses competing - scoring as high as 64.432% for a 4th place finish and 60.132% in the championship for a 9th place - only 4% behind the winning ride.
9-7-2014: Cabela, 2009 mare by Hailo *Pg*E** out of Center Swing xx by Dance Centre xx debuted at 1st level with good scores (up to 65%) at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Fl on 9/ & 8/31. Ridden by Nina Romkowski, Cabela scored 63.387% to 68.158%. This mare is so talented - look for her to move up quickly in scores and levels.
8-31-2014: Kiera, 2005 mare by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Korinna by Memelruf debuted at 3rd level with 3 first places at the Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Fl on 8/30 & 8/31. Ridden by Janina Meyer Kiera scored 63.387% to 68.158%
8-31-2014: Flannigan, 2007 gelding by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Fire Angel by Emeer took home 3 blues at 1st level at the Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Fl on 8/30 & 8/31. Ridden by Bryana Smith, Flannigan scored between 67.258 and 73.387% and finished as high point Trakehner and high point Junior rider
11-2-2013: Benton of Tartan Farm, 2008 gelding by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Blaire of Tartan Farm by Hailo *Pg*E*finished the year 1st in USDF All Breeds for the American Trakehner Association at First Level and 27th overall. He's also had a great show season, with scores at First Level up to 80.645%. He finished 2nd with a score of 62.024% in his first Second Level test at the championships in October. Congratulations to his owner/breeder Karen Smith, Tartan Farm and his rider Katie Stoy!
11-2-2012: Flannigan by Tanzeln finished the year by winning the ATA Novice Level Eventing Futurity for 5 year old horses. Thanks to Erin Root for training and riding Flannigan in both dressage and eventing. Photo below from clinic with Hilda Gurney at the ATA Meeting in Batavia, OH
10-15-2012: Tanzeln is now Tanzeln *Pb*. With Iris Eppinger from Valhalla Farm training and riding, Tanz earned his Performance Bronze medal from the ATA! He is now training PSG and Iris will be working on his Silver.
10-20-2012: Pr.St. Amaraska, 2009 premium state champion mare by Oliver Twist out of Amadelia by Lauries Crusader xx was purchased at the Trakehner Verband auction. She will stay in Germany and be ridden by Janina Romkowski of Leers, Germany.
05-13-2012: Tanzeln, ridden by Iris Eppinger, was Third Level Champion at Canterbury May Days Qualifier. Iris and Tanz got progressively better throughout their first show together, culminating with a score of 73.3% at Third Level Test 3 with the judge commenting on the "lovely horse" and rewarding the harmony between the horse and rider with high marks.
05-13-2012: Kiera (by Tanzeln) and rider (Lupe Guardaras) continue their blue ribbon quest at Canterbury May Days Qualifier with wins at First-Level 3 and at Second Level 3 with a qualifying score of 65.3
02-25-2012: Kiera (by Tanzeln) and rider (Lupe Guardaras) win at First-Level 3 with a qualifying score of 68.378 and at Second Level 1 with a 64%+ at their first show together. They also came in 3rd on Sunday at First-Level 3 with 64.455%.
Erin Root has joined us for the winter season and is currently training multiple horses. Alaina (4 yrs old this year) has turned out to be extremely talented for both jumping and dressage. Look for her in the show ring later this season.
Flannigan (2007 16.3 1/2h gelding by Tanzeln out of Fire Angel by Emeer), ridden by Erin Root is now showing at both training level dressage (with scores in the high 60's) and at eventing! He won his first beginner novice rated CT and his first novice CT schooling show on his dressage score as a 4 year old.
Kiera, ridden by Kendra Menzies, won the 2009 Region 9 open training level GAIG Regional Championship with a score of 69.2%. The pair then took reserve champion at the Southwestern Dressage Championship with a 69%. Kiera also finished Champion Trakehner and 5th in the nation for USDF Materiale 4-5 year old mares with a 79.9%. Kiera was also 4th in the Trakehner open training level line-up.
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Tanzeln *Ps* has an amazing story and much to thank Iris Eppinger (dressage trainer and acupuncture, acupressure and natural equine medicine practitioner) for. After his promising dressage and eventing career was cut short at 7 years old by a mysterious lameness, a complete bone scan showed a possible broken hip and we retired him. 3 years later, Tanz was so unhappy to not be working that we agreed to let Iris and Valhalla Farm take a chance and see if they couldn't rehabilitate him for at least light riding. Iris has exceeded everyone's hopes, bringing Tanz back to where he is now showing I-1.
Iris worked to make Tanz comfortable and always with his welfare and happiness in mind, she slowly and carefully brought him back. She worked with his body, doing massage, acupressure and acupuncture along with an exercise program designed to strengthen his body in the right ways, and she worked with his mind to ensure he was happy, enjoying the work and ready to progress.
Iris' understanding of horse biomechanics, combined with her expertise in natural equine medicine and amazing riding and training skills were exactly what he needed!
Iris' dressage riding and training skills are International Olympic caliber (she has her USDF Gold Medal) and her combination of skills is nearly non-existent in the United States. Cassel Rock Trakehners is grateful that Iris was at Valhalla Trakehners and was willing to take Tanzeln on as a project!
Tanz is shown above with Iris' working student, Bryana Smith who, under Iris' tutelage, has now shown Tanzeln through Intermediaire I. Iris now has him training piaffe and passage with hopes of making I-2 and Grand Prix.
It's been an amazing journey with a horse that has always wanted to work and has never given up trying to excel. Without Iris he wouldn't be here. It's wonderful to see him so happy!
Cassel Rock Trakehners
John & Kari Cassel
5169 148th Pl, Wellborn, Florida 32094