Jeremy Steinberg with Britta Pedersen and Karen Trotter, Chair of Equestrian Sports New Zealand Dressage at the CDI Sydney in Australia in May 2013. Jeremy was coaching Britta and Karen was there on behalf of ESNZ.
Dressage rider and coach Jeremy Steinberg returned to California and has set up shop at RidgeMar Equestrian in San Diego County's Del Mar. The Washington state native had been based in California about 10 years ago, then moved to the Northwest to be closer to friends and family. In the intervening years, he has become a prominent player on the national dressage scene, most notably as the USEF's Dressage Youth Coach and as a popular clinician throughout the country.
"I love the Washington area, but when it comes to competing, there is not a lot of that at the higher levels," explains Jeremy, who hopes to refocus on his own riding career along with his clinicing and coaching roles.
The move also makes sense for his girlfriend Britta Pederson, a New Zealander who hopes to make the 2016 Olympic squad for her home country. She'll be moving to San Diego, too, putting her in much easier reach of the CDIs needed to earn qualifying scores for that quest. Britta should be a great addition to the West Coast dressage community. As an event rider, Britta was shortlisted for the Kiwi's Hong Kong Olympic squad. A bad accident just before shipping out for the Games caused severe injuries. She is completely recovered for several years now, but the experience inspired her to focus on dressage.
Due to his busy travel schedule, Jeremy's training business at RidgeMar will maintain a modest size. He arrived with two students: top young rider Ayden Uhler, this past summer's individual gold medalist at the North American Young Rider Championship; and Canadian World Equestrian Games hopeful Courtenay Fraser, a professional rider.