Eddy was born in the Netherlands and still currently resides there, but much of his early education with horses began in England, where he worked with hunters, ponies, show jumpers and military horses, and then in Germany where he studied at the Westfälische Reit un Fahrschule in Münster. After three years there, he completed his Bereiter exam in Warendorf. While in the Army, Eddy was stationed at the Dutch Royal stables in The Hague, where he met colonel Geza Von Hazslinkszky, whose instruction had a big influence on Eddy. (Sidenote: Past attendees of our Charles de Kunffy symposiums may recognize Geza's name from many of the model photos that Charles uses to describe the classical horsemen that have influenced his education as well!) During his years as an instructor at the dressage stables of Jan Nijland at Den Dolder in the Netherlands, Eddy had the opportunity to work up to the Grand Prix level with multiple horses. In 1979 he became the national Dutch champion in the Z-class with his horse Monarch, and in 1981 was the Dutch champion in the small tour classes with him as well. As an international dressage judge with the highest possible rating (FEI 5*), Eddy has been able to be a member of the ground jury for many prestigious events, including the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, the FEI World Cup Dressage, and most recently the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Albion College is pleased to welcome Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode for the third time with the help of Dr. Rob van Wessum ("Equine All Sports Medicine" in Mason, MI), who has been bringing Eddy to Michigan for clinics the last few years. He will be in Albion to judge our Intercollegiate Dressage Assoc. show on April 1. Once the College show ends, we can squeeze in a few rides on Saturday, and then there will be time on Sunday for more lessons before he leaves early afternoon.
The symposium will be spent at the Albion College Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. Riding will take place in the newly rebuilt and improved Randi C. Heathman indoor arena. There will be bleacher seating for auditors. Riders may choose to do a full 45-minute lesson, or they may choose to "ride-a-test" of the dressage test of their choice, which will be judged by Eddy and then followed by a shorter lesson.
This time only: Enjoy auditing at no cost (due to unique and limited schedule). Lunch is on your own.
Riders and horses of all levels and abilities are encouraged to sign up and will be accepted until spots are full.
Final schedule TBA. Clinic rides will be late afternoon/early evening on Saturday, and morning/early afternoon Sunday.
Questions? Please contact the Held Center at 517/629-0838 or email .