Jan Ebeling’s Bright Young Hope
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.
Jan Ebeling led the U.S. team to a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games and he and Rafalca were selected as alternates for the 2010 WEG team. He has competed extensively in Europe in the past two years, including the World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany, in April. Rafalca is a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare by Argentinius owned by Ann Romney, Beth Meyer and Amy Ebeling.
Todd Fettrich will ride Otto on whom he competed as a member of the U.S. WEG team in Kentucky last year. Otto is a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Cherry Knoll Farm.
“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.
“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.