Who is Heidi Degele?

Heidi Degele is an International Dressage rider and trainer based in Loxahatchee, Florida, just minutes away from the prestigious Wellington show scene.

She began her riding career as a versatile young rider and intercollegiate competitor, spent 3 years training with Olympic Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt in Germany, and now runs her own successful sales and training business.   Heidi takes a positive approach with every horse she rides and trains, as well as with her students.  Degele offers a diverse selection of horses for sale, and training for all levels of horses and riders. Her sales page is an excellent resource for finding

your next dressage partner, and under her tutelage, many of Heidi’s students have found success in the competition arena. Heidi has a great eye for dressage horses, and specializes in matching horses and riders.  Heidi is also a determined competitor who has developed and campaigned a number of horses through the Grand Prix.  Her goals are to become a top competitive dressage rider for the United States while helping her students and clients attain their goals.

More About Heidi

Growing up in Michigan, Heidi discovered her passion for riding at the age of 11.  She and her thoroughbred mare, Kodak, competed in the 4’6 and 4’9 jumper classes before discovering dressage.  Soon this discipline became her focus, and continued into her college years while she attended Michigan State University in Lansing.  She was elected Vice President of the Michigan State Equestrian team and received her degree in Animal Science with a pre-vet option and with an equine emphasis.

Following her graduation, Degele moved to Florida to advance her dressage career.  She worked with a number of excellent instructors, including Patrick Burssens, Jan Brons, Steffen Peters, and Juan Matute.  In 2004 she was accepted into the training program of Olympic Gold Medalist, Hubertus Schmidt and moved to Germany with her stallion, Ramiros.  While there, she purchased Everybody’s Darling, a mare that she trained to Grand Prix with the help of Schmidt.  She competed extensively in Germany, with scores over 70%, and her students in Germany also found much success in competition.

In 2008 Degele moved back to Florida and continues to exercise the knowledge and philosophies learned from Schmidt.  She currently has many clients who show, train and compete out of her Mesa Farms, and has sold countless dressage horses to both amateur riders and professionals.  She also utilizes her German and European contacts to find exceptional horses for interested clients.  She has a keen eye for selecting a horse with top movement, temperament, and rideability. Degele is currently campaigning a number of horses on the 2013 Florida show season and offers a number of dressage prospects for sale.


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