Legendary German eventer Peter Thomsen is coming to the United States, and Jonathan and Jennifer Holling are hosting Thomsen at their Willow Run Farm in Ocala, Florida, for a two-day clinic December 16-17, 2017.
Thomsen is one of Germany’s most decorated team riders and has been a trailblazer for the team for over a decade. He first trained with Thomas Rüder on the Baltic Sea island Fehmarn, and later joined Dieter Baumann in Luhmühlen. In 1987 he rode in his first German National Championships. Thomsen is a sought-after clinician and coach, with an extensive list of credits with regard to identifying, developing, and “placing” top young event horses, including Chilli Morning, Shamwari IV, and Mr. Brass.
Thomsen has produced almost all his own horses from scratch and took home several Bundeschampionat titles on horses that nearly all went on to have careers at the three-star level or higher. He rides whatever works, from Arabians to purebred Thoroughbreds, Trakehners, and Holsteiners and has been equally successful with them all, despite the very different personalities and phenotypes these horses present.
Professionally, Thomsen holds a master’s degree in public administration and works for DHL as an account manager. He and his veterinarian wife, Dr. Kirsten Thomsen, live at the far north end of Germany, near the Danish border on the North Sea coast, where they routinely train their horses on the beach. They have two daughters, Kaya and Annie, both of whom compete on ponies. At their home facility, near Lindewitt, they host and unofficially train some of the young Swedish eventing team candidates, an arrangement that has been longstanding and successful.
This clinic is open to Novice through Advanced level riders and is $125.00 per day. USEA Members can audit the clinic for free!
Willow Run Farm is located at 13104 W. Highway 328 in Ocala. Questions should be directed to Jon Holling at (352) 875-8622 or [email protected].
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