Olympic dressage team Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt of Germany will conduct a clinic in the main arena as part of the Dressage Showcase at the International Omaha 2018, April 12-15 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. The highly acclaimed rider, trainer and coach has been described as one of the most prolific trainers in the world, training dozens of horses to Grand Prix level.
Following the success of the clinic that Isabell Werth gave at the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha (Werth’s first-ever exhibition of this type in the U.S.), Schmidt will conduct his own clinic to share knowledge often not available to American dressage audiences.
The 58-year-old Schmidt has been a mainstay of German dressage teams, and competed on the team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Schmidt also won team Gold at the 2006 World Equestrian Gams, team Gold and individual Silver at the 2005 European Championships and was third in the 2004 World Cup Finals.He coached the Swedish national dressage team in 2010.
Schmidt began riding as a boy and trains out of the training yard and stud founded by his father at Paderborn. He was a successful jumping rider before concentrating on dressage, studying with dressage luminaries Harry Boldt, Reiner Klimke and Seigfried “Bimbo” Peiliche. Considered a grand master of dressage, he rides according to the classical system of the “Skala der Ausbildung,” created by the cavalry.
Schmidt joins American jumping legend George Morris, who will highlight the Jumping Showcase at this year’s International Omaha. Both are considered to be among the most influential horsemen in the world.
In addition to the dressage and jumping Showcase events, the International Omaha features high performance competitions, including the Dressage Team Challenge in which eight teams with three riders each, including Grand Prix, Senior, Youth, Amateur or Para Equestrian riders from North America, will compete in both Grand Prix and Musical Freestyle events.
Jumping competition will include the $130,000 International Grand Prix and the finals of the inaugural $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, launched this season by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, creator of the event. OEF hosted the highly acclaimed FEI World Cup Finals™ in jumping and dressage in 2017.
“We are so happy to have Hubertus Schmidt headline our Dressage Showcase,” said Lisa Roskens, OEF’s founder and chairman. “This is a tremendous learning opportunity for anyone interested in riding in any discipline who wants to improve their ability to communicate well with a horse and improve their performance.”
The International Omaha is known as a great equestrian gathering place, featuring a four-day festival of equine-related shopping, exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment in addition to the high performance competitions which draw riders from throughout the United States and Canada.
VIP ticket and event packages are on sale now. For more information on the 2018 International Omaha, please call 402-930-3079 or visit www.InternationalOmaha.com.