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Peters gives Stockton man a chance to shine in dressage
Marcus Orlob of Stockton on ET Voila was the subject of a demonstration clinic given last week at the Global Dressage Forum North America by top U.S. dressage rider and trainer Steffen Peters Nancy Jaffer/For The Star-Ledger
Olympic medalist Steffen Peters, the USA's top dressage competitor, had a serious question for up-and-coming rider/trainer Marcus Orlob after he worked with him for a few days last month.
"When do you get your U.S. citizenship? We really need you," Peters said to the Stockton-based horseman, who came to New Jersey from Germany four years ago. The U.S. definitely could use more talent with potential to help the country win team dressage medals at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games, something that hasn't happened since 2006.
"It wouldn't surprise me if I get to compete with him internationally," said Peters, who last week gave a demonstration clinic using Orlob and his mount, ET Voila, as his subjects at the inaugural Global Dressage Forum North America in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Although he has not spent much time with the 30-year-old horseman, Peters already sees him as a potential teammate.
A native of Germany himself, the California-based Peters has been a U.S. citizen for 21 years. One of the forum's panelists, Christoph Hess, head of instruction for the German national federation, jokingly asked Peters if he would consider repatriating. The Germans, however, have an abundance of talent, even without him. They won team silver last year at the London Games with a squad of three Olympic neophytes who had been well-trained in typical German style for the sport.
Orlob applied to do a demonstration ride for a trainers' clinic held in Florida two weekends ago. He was happy to be selected, noting, "It's very hard when you start from zero. I am new to the country. Nobody knows me; nobody knows my horse. This is my first season in Florida."
His acceptance led to an incredible break, the equivalent of winning a talent lottery, vaulting him from the ranks of the unknown. At the clinic he met Scott Hassler, the U.S. Equestrian Federation's young dressage horse trainer, as well as Peters, and then was selected to ride in front of the panel of world-famous dressage experts, along with hundreds of spectators during the forum at Palm Beach County's Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The forum followed last weekend's World Dressage Masters, in which Peters finished third behind Swedes Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Patrik Kittel. Peters knew from the start that Orlob had something special.
"It's quite obvious when you watch Marcus ride that the talent is there," he explained. "What impressed me is how well he rides and how humble he is about it. He has a really good attitude toward his horses and I saw him interact with some of his clients. I think it's the whole package. I think it's wonderful that he's here in the States. I'm looking forward to working with him and it wouldn't surprise me if I get to compete with him internationally."
The two men have something in common besides their dressage connection. Each is married to an American named Shannon. Orlob's wife works with him at Elite Expression Dressage, which operates out of the 200-acre Tullamore Farm in Hunterdon County. Of her husband's work with Peters, she said, "It's amazing. I couldn't be more thrilled."
The two met at Warendorf, the German national training center, when Orlob was getting his rider/trainer certification and Shannon Stevens, a student at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, was the first American to be accepted "into the program there; it was kind of like a co-op for completing my bachelor's degree for equine business management," she said.
Orlob was assigned to a horse named Rio Grande, a gelding with which Stevens had worked at Warendorf, and the two became acquainted as a result. She went on to open a business at Whiskey Lane Farm in Flemington, where he joined her. The couple then went on to start their enterprise in Stockton.
Jennifer Toulon, a freshman at Princeton University who trains at Elite Expression, says of Orlob as a teacher, "he can be very tough, but he's really fair. I'm excited to see where Marcus will go, because I think he's a great rider and trainer. The barn that he and Shannon run is really organized and they're really on top of it."
Under their direction, Foulon won the Great American Insurance Group/U.S. Dressage Federation Junior Team Championship on her Oldenburg mare, Little Granny, at the 2012 New England Dressage Association's Fall Festival in Saugerties, N.Y.
Orlob became acquainted with horses through his neighbors in Germany, and the first time he had a chance to interact with the animals, he recalled, "I was fascinated with them. That was basically it."
He went to college for interior design, with the idea of eventually working in his family's funeral home business, but the horses drew him instead. He rode with well-known German trainer Hubertus Schmidt and Johan Zagers, coach of the Brazilian Olympic team, who suggested he come to the U.S.
American citizenship would make sense for him, he believes. Then, if sponsorship is available, "I would look forward someday to riding on the big team," said Orlob, who competed in his first Grand Prix at age 22.
Orlob likes New Jersey, from the fields at his farm and adjoining trails to the fact that so many shows are nearby.
"It's a great area," he said, noting he hopes Voila can make his Grand Prix debut at the Horse Park of New Jersey later this year. This winter, though, he remains in the Sunshine State while his wife, who has developed several championship horses, stays at home in the cold to keep the farm running.
"It's tough," he conceded, "but we decided it's the best way to market our business and move forward. If you want to be professional and move up a level, you have to be in Florida during the winter."