Chesapeake Dressage Institute proudly announces its Honorary Advisory Board featuring members:
President of the United States Dressage Federation and a member of the United States Equestrian Federation Committee, George is a highly accomplished International Grand Prix competitor that is widely renowned in his field.
George Williams is a prominent figure in international dressage competition whose career highlights with Chuck and Joann Smith’s grand prix mare, Rocher, include: three-time Dressage at Devon Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, 2005 United States Equestrian Federation/Collecting Gaits National Grand Prix Champion, team bronze at CHIO Aachen, 5th at the 2003 World Cup in Sweden, United States Dressage Federation Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year as well as being named Dressage Horse of the Year by the Chronicle of the Horse. George was co-winner of the USEF William Steinkraus Equestrian of Honor award for his success in 2005. Mr. Williams has been studying dressage since 1973 when he traveled to Germany to enroll at the Reitinstitute von Neindorff’ where he earned his German Bronze Rider Medal. Upon returning to the US he began training with Karl Mikolka. George has trained in Germany with the former US Dressage team coach and Olympic gold medalist, Klaus Balkenhol, on numerous occasions.
In 1981 George became a resident rider and trainer for The Tempel Lipizzans in Wadsworth, IL in order to continue to work under his mentor, Karl Mikolka. From the summer of 2000 until the spring of 2009 he rode and trained for the Smiths at their Gypsy Woods Farm in Richwood, OH. On May 1, 2009 George started to ride and train for Elizabeth Juliano’s Havensafe Farm of Middlefield Ohio and Wellington Florida. In addition he continues to teach and coach with Williams Dressage LLC.
George has successfully competed several horses for Betsy Juliano. In 2009 the Oldenburg gelding, Don Bailey was Reserve at the 2009 USEF Developing Horse Championships and in 2011 the Oldenburg mare, Horizon was Reserve in the four year old division at the USEF Young Horse Championships. He has had numerous wins, including at the USDF Regional Championships, on Cleopatra and Riccidoff as well.
European born and raised, Debra studied with both Nuno Oliveria
and the former head of the Cadre Noir, Patrick Le Rolland. She has represented the USET in Europe at International CDI competitions at the PSG and Intermediare I Level. Along with many placings and wins at the FEI Levels in both Europe and the U.S., she also trained 2 horses that were long-listed for the 1996 Olympics. Debra has been a consultant and friend to the Chesapeake Dressage Institute since its inception.
Betsy Steiner – Former Advisory Board Member
American World Championship team member and USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. Betsy’s three decade successes as a trainer and competitor are extensive and include USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals along with numerous FEI wins. Her extensive knowledge has led her to serve on the US Olympic Committee, Active Competitor’s Committee and the USET Dressage Committee. She has also provided commentaries for the World Cup, Olympic Games and Dressage at Devon.