Gwen Stockebrand is named to the Equus Hall of Fame in recognition of her contribution to advancing the discipline of Dressage.
Gwen started riding at three years of age. She remembers learning an important lesson at age seven. She was leading her horse Ginger in order to introduce her to the hot wire and got too close. According to Gwen, ìThe horse went flying, the lead rope went flying, the horse took off, and I learned about electricity.î
Gwen Stockebrand is well-known locally, nationally, and internationally in the world of Dressage. She has trained numerous horses to Grand Prix and has represented the United States in international competitions including the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan American Games. At age twenty-three she was one of the youngest riders chosen to represent the US Equestrian Team on her Morgan/Tennessee Walker gelding, Bao. Gwen and Bao enjoyed much success nationally and internationally, and they were named National and International Champions. Gwen also received national acclaim on her Dutch Warmblood gelding, Monseigneur, including National Grand Prix Champion, Grand Prix Freestyle Champion, and Grand Prix Champion Horse of the Year, among other honors.
Over the past thirty years Gwen has made numerous contributions to Sonoma County Dressage. Gwen was one of the original founders of the California Dressage Societyís Dressage in the Wine Country. She has been active in training horses and riders, judging, and organizing events. Gwenís students have been successful competitors at local, state, and national levels. One nominator wrote, ìGwen is a brilliant and beautifully gifted rider, as well as a generous and patient instructor. She is an ambassador for all horses and horse lovers in the art of Dressage.î
Gwen currently owns and lives at Flying Changes in Santa Rosa. She continues to offer Dressage training all over northern California and Arizona. She owns and houses several retired horses, but her current focus is a six year old Hanoverian named Drambuie.