Ed Rothkranz
Dressage & Jumping

German-born Ed Rothkranz launched his career in show jumping by winning the Preis der Deutshlandhalle in Berlin in 1959.  Mr. Rothkranz and his stallion, My King, were later spotted by Heinz Pollay, a 1950's dressage master who was now a well known dressage Olympian and Olympic judge. Pollay liked the pair so much he offered to teach them the art of dressage.

After moving to Canada, Ed and My King enjoyed many successes in dressage competition, including Reserve Canadian International Champion (1974), Reserve Eastern Canadian Champion (1975), and Canadian Advanced Level Champion (1977). At the pinnacle of his show career, he was selected for the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team which competed at the 1980 alternative Olympics in Goodwood, England.

Currently, Ed is retired from showing and has moved to Adolphus, Kentucky.  He owns and operates Rhineland Stud Farm, where he breeds and trains quality warmblood horses.  With over 40 years of breeding experience, he is one of the few American Breeders who have had the quality of stock to  be able to sell a warmblood back to Germany (to Reiner Klimke). In addition to teaching his local students, Ed continues to travel monthly and give clinics for students in Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, and Germany. He is also invited back yearly to Canada to instruct the Canadian Mounted Police.


Above, Ed with My King

 

"Ed's teaching ability is, in my opinion, unequalled. He has developed, through years of experience, a systematic
approach to training that serves equally well on Thoroughbreds and warmblood type performance horses. His success
with students and horses, lies in his  ability to motivate through clear logical explanation supported by
demonstration. His genuine interest in the welfare of horse and rider,dominates throughout his clinic. He does not patronize,
nor does he promise the impossible. Mr.Rothkranz's credibility is quickly established during his clinics. I feel
Ed is one of the best teachers available to North American riders today"

--G.S.Ogilvie/Sgt Riding Master