Eddy was born in the Netherlands and still currently resides there, but much of his early education with horses began in England, where he worked with hunters, ponies, show jumpers and military horses, and then in Germany where he studied at the Westfälische Reit un Fahrschule in Münster. After three years there, he completed his Bereiter exam in Warendorf. While in the Army, Eddy was stationed at the Dutch Royal stables in The Hague, where he met colonel Geza Von Hazslinkszky, whose instruction had a big influence on Eddy. (Sidenote: Past attendees of our Charles de Kunffy symposiums may recognize Geza's name from many of the model photos that Charles uses to describe the classical horsemen that have influenced his education as well!) During his years as an instructor at the dressage stables of Jan Nijland at Den Dolder in the Netherlands, Eddy had the opportunity to work up to the Grand Prix level with multiple horses. In 1979 he became the national Dutch champion in the Z-class with his horse Monarch, and in 1981 was the Dutch champion in the small tour classes with him as well. As an international dressage judge with the highest possible rating (FEI 5*), Eddy has been able to be a member of the ground jury for many prestigious events, including the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, the FEI World Cup Dressage, and most recently the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Albion College is pleased to welcome Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode for the second time with the help of Dr. Rob van Wessum ("Equine All Sports Medicine" in Mason, MI), who has been bringing Eddy to Michigan for clinics the last few years.
Each day of the symposium will be spent at the Albion College Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. Riding will take place in the newly rebuilt and improved Randi C. Heathman indoor arena. There will be bleacher seating for auditors. Riders may choose to do a full 45-minute lesson, or they may choose to "ride-a-test" of the dressage test of their choice, which will be judged by Eddy and then followed by a shorter lesson.
During the lunch break, auditors will be able to enjoy a lovely lunch at Baldwin Hall Cafe on the main campus of Albion College. The cafe offers a variety of menu options to cater to many different dietary needs. More information about the lunch offering may be found HERE. Lunch cost will be included in the auditor fee.
Riders may choose to either pre-order a boxed lunch to have at the equestrian center, or they are welcome to go to Baldwin Hall Cafe on campus. Their lunch cost is also included in the rider fee.
On Saturday, October 29, there will be a special evening reception and dinner event with Eddy on the main campus of Albion College. Pre-registration for the dinner is required. Beer & wine will be available with appetizers and social time followed by a nice dinner. Eddy has graciously offered to entertain a Question & Answer session during the dinner event. NOTE: The location has now changed and will be at Schuler's Restaurant in Marshall (about a 15 minute drive west from Albion.)
Auditor costs are outlined as follows:
Riders and horses of all levels and abilities are encouraged to apply. Rider applications must be received by October 7, and riders will be notified by October 10 of their status. Instead of reserving spots first come first served, we place a deadline and then choose from the applicant pool in order to have a good variety of experience levels to appeal to auditors.
Cost includes 45-minute lesson, rider's lunch, overnight stabling in permanent 12' x 12' matted stall with automatic waterer, bedding, stall cleaning and feeding.
CLICK HERE for the full schedule and rider/horse list.
Are you interested in advertising your farm, business, horse for sale, etc. in our Symposium Program? Would you be interested in hanging a banner in the arena or have any other ideas for sponsoring this exciting event? Let us know!
The program will be 11" x 8.5" (horizontal) and there are spaces for full-page, half-page, or quarter-page ads. Prices apply to black & white or full color ads. Don't have an ad? Send your information to us and we can create it!
Ads and payment must be submitted no later than October 24. Send artwork to Carolyn Killewald at . JPG or PDF files preferred.
USDF University credit details will be available at the registration table. $5 per person. Bring your USDF member number. (For details about the USDF University program, vist the USDF website here.)
Questions? Please contact the Held Center at 517/629-0838 or email .