Rampal is a Swedish Warmblood sired by the well known stallion Zorn. Rampal was born in Maine in 1985 and was trained and competed through the Intermediare I level in dressage in Maine. In 1996 Rampal was purchased by a new owner and he moved to the Cleveland, OH area. He remained with the same trainer in the Cleveland area until his retirement with us this past fall. With his new trainer in Cleveland Rampal successfully continued to move up the levels in dressage and ultimately competed at the Grand Prix level. At the same time he was competing through the Prix St. George level with his amateur owner.
At X halt, salute. Rampal and his mom in a Prix St. George dressage test
Rampal was eventually for sale again as his owner had become very involved in obedience training and trials with her dog. Rampal's mom had also been boarding and riding with the same trainer but at first it never even occurred to her to buy Rampal. She had another horse, Oskar, that she had shown through 3rd level dressage but was in the process of selling him as he had made it clear he did not enjoy being a dressage horse.
One day his mom was riding Oskar while her trainer was riding Rampal. Rampal was still for sale as he could be a tough ride. Rampal is extremely talented but one of those horses that gives you almost nothing unless you ride him correctly. Since he had been for sale several people had tried him but none had been able to ride him well. When they would ask him to canter he would just kick the walls of the arena until they asked him properly. That day while riding her horse Oskar while her trainer rode Rampal it struck her that she had to have Rampal - and she bought him! That was seven years ago.
During his career Rampal earned multiple championships and year end awards at 4th level, Prix St. George, Intermediate I and II and Grand Prix. He competed in New England, all over the midwest, the Florida circuit and at Dressage at Devon. He had a total of 5 riders in his career including two professionals, two adult amateurs and one junior/young rider. He earned his riders two USDF silver medals (his mom and the junior/young rider) and three USDF bronze medals (his mom, the junior/young rider and his other amateur owner).
Rampal on his second day with us