Comments, stories, and references from Ron Postleb's students, teachers, and colleagues.
I have had the opportunity to train with Ron Postleb for the last 5 months, commencing December 2008. In this short period of time, I have come to
know a true master of dressage. Ron's training has brought my horse and me to a different level of expertise. Ron's approach is both classical and
creative. He takes the time to individually evaluate each horse and rider's specific needs. He has a wonderful eye for correctness and is able to pick up
the subtlest changes in the horse. He is generous with his knowledge in many ways, such as explaining the most intricate movements in
depth. Ron's passion for the sport of dressage has brought my horse and me to a wonderful point in our career. My work with Ron Postleb has
been the most meaningful and rewarding training of my life.
-- Barbara Vignogna, USDF Competitor and Bronze Medalist, May 2009
There are few instructors with an open mind. Ron is one in a million! He took on my very green Solid American Paint, Ace de Coeur
and transformed him from a confused, cast-away ex-school horse from a hunter-jumper barn into a confident beautiful partner for me!
Not only did he have the kindness, patience and expertise to do this in 3-months, but he was able to train me too! How lucky were we to find such a talented trainer!
-- Barbara Berrisford, April 2009
Training with Mr. Postleb is consistently a rewarding and extremely educational experience.
His methodical and correct training has led to many successes in the show ring for me and my horse,
Pelano. Ron's credentials, natural talent and willingness to work with a young rider such as myself
make my time training with him unforgettable.
-- Sara Storch, January 2006. (Enjoy
pictures of Sara and Pelano throughout the site.)
Ron is unique as a horseman, in that he teaches as well as he rides and trains. His depth of knowledge
and experience enable him to solve problems quickly and to teach others how to achieve results
in a systematic way with kindness.
-- Sun Valley, CA, business executive who rode with
Ron for several years in the early 1990's and
then continued to arrange clinics for him.
With good conscience, I can confirm that Mr. Postleb has mastered the principles of classical riding.
He has the necessary skills for the training of dressage horses and is very capable of schooling dressage
horses up the highest levels.
-- Dr. Reiner Klimke, 1986, translated from German.
Mr. Ronald J. Postleb has visited the University of Findlay twice as a guest clinician.... In both of his clinics the students were
thrilled with the results they obtained under his tutelage. His methodology is extremely correct and precise and
he is able to convey this very well to the students.... On both occasions, Mr. Postleb has also presented lectures to the
student body. It is obvious that he is a former educator (as Principal Instructor and Trainer of the LandesReit and
Fahrschule Rheinland in Wuelfrath) given his gift for presenting theory topics. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Postleb
to anyone as an instructor, clinician or trainer. -- Barbara E. Lindberg was
Executive Director of English Riding at The
University of Findlay in 2000 when this letter was written.
I have known Ron Postleb for approximately twelve years.... Four the past four years, I have been bringing Ron
Postleb to Halifax to conduct intensive dressage clinics. The clinics, which have generally taken place in
the spring and fall of each year, have proven to be a great success. For me, personally, Ron's teaching has
been invaluable and he has provided a high level of professional support for my own equestrian coaching and
riding activities. My students have also benefited greatly from Ron's work. The lectures which he gives at
the start of every clinic are well attended and I have always had a waiting list for spots in the riding
classes. In 1994, two of my students who had previously participated in Ron's clinics travelled with their
horses to British Columbia to work with Ron for several months. I have chosen to bring Ron to my training
facility instead of other instructors who might be in closer proximity to Halifax because I know of no one
else who possesses his unique combination of professional training and teaching skills.
-- Anne Myhr, Manager and
Chief Instructor, Atlantic Equestrian Centre, Harrietsfield, Nova Scotia.
As the United States seeks to improve its ability to compete internationally in dressage and the equestrian
arts, we would indeed be fortunate to have a teacher, trainer, and rider with Ron Postleb's unique abilities
in the United States. -- Lendon Gray, 1995.
Ron was able to provide the fine tuning required for one of my advanced students. Impressed with
his skill and knowledge, Ron and I have continued our business and professional relationship since
that time through ongoing referrals of clients and students.... Not only does he possess
credentials from the finest German Riding apprenticeships and schools, but he also applies those
credentials to analyze problems quickly and accurately and to teach students how to achieve
results in a methodical way. Considering his depth of experience and knowledge, I find him
especially valuable to the advanced rider. I also find Ron's skills to be unique in his ability
to both ride and teach at high levels. --
Steffen Peters, 1995.
I began taking instruction from Mr. Postleb in April 1986 and he patiently instructed me in this
new and very different [from Western and English Pleasure Horses] field of riding which takes
a very intense and precise approach to training. He did at several times suggest I purchase a
horse more suitable to Dressage than the horse I was riding, but I refused and he continued
to work with my horse Casa Cho Cho. My horse's unsuitable conformation and breed of horse not
commonly associated with Dressage made Mr. Postleb's job more difficult, but his expertise
produced results regardless. By the end of 1986 our work together produced a win at the spin off
show to the Canadian Dressage Championships and a win at the prestigious Breeders Classic in
the Basic Division.
Together, we worked through the winter in 1987 to increase my riding skills and knowledge to
compete in the Medium Level, where in 1987 we competed very successfully with many second
places and a few wins. We were awarded the CADORA (Canadian Association of Dressage Owners and
Riders) Silver Medium Horse of the Year and Rider Awards.
His skill brought myself and my horse into the FEI (International Level) in 1988 where we have
completed very successfully since that time.
In 1989 we were named to the Canadian Equestrian Team to compete at the North American Dressage
Championships in October, and did atttend and compete at that competition. In 1990 we were
named to the Canadian Equestrian Team (long list)....
My horse has competed successfully at the FEI Level from 1988 to 1994 (with one year off to
produce a foal) and she will compete again in 1995. This is a very long time for a horse to
stay around and competitive at this level and is a tribute to the correct well planned
coaching and riding produced from the high level of teamwork I enjoy with my coach. -- Kathy
Lifton, British Columbia, 1995.
Kathy Lifton and Casa Cho Cho
I have been training with Ron Postleb for about five years. Ron has trained and given me
instruction on the two horses I have owned in that time.
I started with Ron as I owned a very hot Oldenburg mare who was barely at training level.
Though I had been riding under instruction for years my effectiveness as a rider and my position
was weak. Ron was relentless and did not give up on my position. He always felt we could do
a little better. He would say "that was good, now let's improve it." He is a perfectionist
when it comes to his riders and horses. I remember when he stopped commenting on my position and
I thought he had given up on me. He later showed me a video he had taken of my riding and I was
amazed! I really looked like a dressage rider and my horse looked great.
My horse, Giselle, went from a training level horse to 4th level. Ron was firm with her and
patient. I always appreciated it when I would ask him about a particular behavior and he
always knew what was a problem and what would improve with work.
I remember learning the changes on her and Ron just had a way of explaining things
to really help me understand it. He also said you have to do a lot of changes
for them to become second nature to you. This allowed me to understand things and
not get frustrated with this difficult movement. He always was fair with me and
even though my horse had problems (very hot). He always talked to me truthfully
about her but never put pressure on me to sell her. When I eventually sold her, he
helped me and secured a buyer (which also was an extremely suitable match) and
helped me every step of the way.
I was prepared to have Ron find me a new horse. I trust him and would have bought one sight
unseen. I had seen the lovely horses he had imported from Germany. Each time
the client could not be happier and the horses in our barn match their owners
(not the trainer). I have always been amazed at how well he has been able to secure
the right match for people and how fair he has been in his transactions.
My next horse was a gift from a friend and the first thing I did was to ask Ron to evaluate him. He
gave me a very fair evaluation and said I should keep him. He could have easier said he was not the
right horse and kept future sales commissions for himself but that is not the kind of person he is.
I now have been training this new horse Obie for about 6 months and he has already shown major improvements.
-- Diane Jacobsen is one of Ron's current students.
Top Photo: Roby WII
Presently showing FEI Class for Five Years Old
Training Level and First Level
Ox Ridge Hunt Club, May 31, 2003
Owner: Richard Malloch
Rider: Ron Postleb
(click photo to enlarge)
Ronald J. Postleb
Crown Dressage International
Primary Phone Number is Ron's mobile phone 250-942-9222
Fax: (to be updated later)
E-mail Address: RonPostleb@gmail.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 1604, 217 Tal Crescent, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0
Available for Clinics throughout the United States and Canada
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