THE RIDER - jennifer schrader-williams
Jennifer Schrader-Williams is an International Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer developing the horse from youngster to Grand Prix. She has trained and ridden several horses to the Grand Prix level and is excited about her most recent up and coming mount. It is Jennifer’s dream to one day represent the USA at the the Olympic games or at the World Equestrian Games. Learn about some of her career accomplishments here.
It takes a phenomenal team of individuals to support the effort of International competition. We would love to have you be a part of our team as we reach our dream. If you are looking to have a talented young dressage horse campaigned to the upper levels, want to be part of the process through the Young Horse Divisions - or just want to participate in International Dressage - please contact Jennifer at and/or consider donating to the grant through Southern California Equestrian Sports (SCES).
Donations are immensely helpful in covering costs for Jennifer’s international competition. All SCES contributions are tax deductible.
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Summervale premier dressage team
The Team for the Dream
Jennifer William’s current competition horse is Millione, a 16 year old Danish warmblood gelding bred by Jurgen Olson. Millione is currently competing at the International Grand Prix level with scores to 71%. The pair debuted their freestyle this year at an 81%. Millione and Jennifer Williams were the recipient of the PNW High Performance Dressage training grant for 2017 and have just returned from competing at the 2018 Festival of Champions in Chicago at Lamplight Equestrian Center. The pair finished 2nd in the GP Special and were 3rd in the overall final in the Grand Prix division.
Prior to September of 2017, Jennifer's top competition mount was Wrevolution, a 12-year-old American bred Hungarian warmblood gelding whose father and great-grandmother Jennifer had also successfully competed internationally at Grand Prix. Wrevolution had advanced to Grand Prix in 2017, scoring an impressive 67.8% in his first Grand Prix competition, and remaining undefeated through his first 3 Grand Prix appearances in Oregon and California. Tragically, Jennifer had to say goodbye to Wrevolution in September of 2017. He had sustained a hock injury, and after several weeks of treatment it was determined he would have to be euthanized. Jennifer says, "My heart is absolutely broken and I am just so sad. There was so much left we had hoped to do together. It is a devastating loss to lose a friend - and years and years of training. I'm fortunate to have another top horse, and can remain competitive this year. I am trying to focus on that, but Wrevolution is always in my thoughts and close to my heart." Jennifer and Wrev had been partners since 2009.
Jennifer also has a lovely up and coming youngster that she is developing to the Grand Prix level, Francis HW!
Francis HW - Fenn - is a 2012 -17.1h black Hanoverian gelding by Fürst Nymphenburg (Florencio I/De Niro /Argentinus) /Rotspon owned by Lisa Norling. Fenn was successfully competed at Training and First level in 2016 with scores to 79% and now in 2018 at 3rd level with scores to 73%. Fenn will also be competing at the Festival of Champions in the 6 year old Division. He is currently ranked 2nd in the country after the fierce qualifying season. At the Festival of Champions Fenn finishes 4th in the Preliminary 6 year old test and 6th over all. We couldn't be more proud of this super talented boy!
Training never stops. To compete at the top levels of dressage, a rider must continually train. Jennifer is fortunate to be able to train and ride clinics with some of the top trainers and riders in dressage.
CHRISTOPHE THEALLET, Jennifer's mentor & coach
Christophe Theallet is a graduate of ENE French National School, Saumur. He has trained and ridden with numerous top trainers including Rudolph Zeilinger, Patrick Le Rolland, Christilot Boylen, and Steffen Peters. Christophe represents France in international competition and has done so for the past 20 years. Besides competing, he has also trained many riders and horses through Grand Prix in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
The Christophe Theallet Philosophy
“Our sport is difficult because the rider is only as good as the horse. It’s all about opportunity, but sadly opportunity is money in our sport. I do believe, though, with hard effort and the right coaching there are realistic possibilities.”
Christophe focuses on the willingness in the horse, “While I do have a proven strategy for creating an exceptional rider, I also think the same is essential with the horse. Riders must understand just how different they must be with each horse, that the basics are fundamental to a pair’s future. The rider must train classically, always ride with a plan in mind, and do good basic work with good transitions and with a good position. And, know that less is more.”
Wanting to be recognized as the trainer who perpetuates the tradition of correct classical riding, he explains, “The position precedes the action. The bend of the neck equals the bend in the body. Rider legs means go. Hands means back. Legs without Hands, Hands without Legs. Speed Control. Less bend is better at the beginning for the horse. And, the importance of understanding shoulder control. Nobody pays attention to these things because they are the little things and they are boring. But, truly, they are the building blocks for their future.”
Learning never stops. Jennifer continues to participate in clinics with some of the world's top riders, trainers, and clinicians.
It takes a village, and here at Summervale, we are fortunate to have an outstanding village team that helps us keep our horses at their best .
Jennifer Williams' Career Highlights
Millione places 3rd overall in the 2019 US Festival of Champions at the Grand Prix level
Millione wins at Rancho Murrieta 3* in the GP with a 68.3% and scores a 71.4% to take top honors in the GP Special
Millione finishes 2nd in the Grand Prix Special at Festival of Champions and is 3rd overall in Grand Prix division
Francis finishes 6th overall at Festival of Champions in the FEI 6 yr old division
Millione qualifies and is invited to the Grand Prix Festival of Champions where he qualified 8th in the country
Francis HW is ranked 2nd heading to the Festival of Champions for FEI 6 yr olds
MIllione 67.6% CDI Grand Prix Special 6th place at West Coast Adequan Festival IV in a field of top competitors.
Millione finished 2nd place in the CDI at Rancho Murietta in the Grand Prix Special with a 66.8%
Millione wins in Calgary with a 69% in the Grand Prix Freestlye 3* CDI
Millione in his debut Grand Prix Freestlye scored an 82.4%
HS Wrevolution 67.8% first time out at GP. Won all three GPs he competed in during 2017
Millione advanced to I-2 with great results, achieving scores up to 73.7% during the season
Sotto Voce qualified for the Young Horse Championships at Lamplight Equestrian Center with an 8.1 (Did not attend)
HS Wrevolution, winner of the Intermediate One CDI3* at Rancho Murrieta, CA with a 68%
HS Wrevolution winner of the Intermediate One CDI 3* at Langley, BC with 68%
HS Wrevolution invited to and participated in the Young Horse Championships as a 5 yr old at Lamplight Equestrian Center, finishing 12th
Received the Anne Barlow Ramsay $25,000 Grant to campaign an American bred horse at the International level. Flew to Germany with HS Wistar and trained for 2 months
HS Wistar winner of the $1000 FEI Evening of Musical Freestyles, Del Mar National Horse Show
HS Wistar was invited to and participated in the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ, for the inaugural Brentina Cup
Phirst Solo, winner in Grand Prix Special at CDI competition Rancho Murrieta
HS Wistar, winner of USET qualifier PSG and the I-1 Freestyle at DG Bar Ranch
Phirst Solo, winner of the USET Grand Prix qualifier at DG Bar Ranch
Both Phirst Solo and Wistar were invited and participated at the 2005 Festival of Champions. Phirst Solo finished 9th at Grand Prix and HS Wistar 5th at I-1 in Gladstone, NJ
Attended several USET training sessions with Klaus Balkenhaul in 2005
Phirst Solo USDF Horse of the Year Champion at I-2 level
Ainsley’s Goodfellow qualified for NAYRC and was ranked #1 in country leading into the finals, and finished 8th individually