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2020 Coaching for Success

Sarah Lockman on First Apple with coach Scott Hassler after winning Pan Am Individual Gold Medal.

Hassler Dressage, now in Wellington, Florida for the winter season, is excited to present Sara Hassler with Harmony’s Boitano as they debut in the CDI Under 25 Grand Prix Tour at Wellington in the coming weeks.  In 2019, at the Festival of Champions, the pair finished third in the nation in Intermediere I, and then at Dressage at Devon won all three CDI Small Tour classes. 

Other exciting news: Scott Hassler’s long-time client, Sarah Lockman with Summit Farm’s First Apple and her team of horses are based with Hassler Dressage for the winter season. After winning the Individual Gold Medal and the Silver Team Medal for the United States at the Pan Am Games, Sarah and Apple will make their CDI Grand Prix debut at Wellington soon .

News Flash:  On January 4, 2020 Sarah Lockman and First Apple made their debut in Wellington in Intermediere II on their way to Grand Prix with a huge win, with a score of 76.324%, given by retired FEI 5* Judge Lilo Fore at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex where the winter-long Global Dressage Festival begins next week. Lilo, according to Dressage Now, described the quality of the horse as “very extravagant.”’  

Scott Hassler is also enormously pleased to bring Harmony’s Diamo Gold back into competition at Wellington in Intermediere I this season.

Hassler Dressage is grateful for all our wonderful clients and sponsors, and wish a healthy, successful season to all.

About Us

H. Scott Hassler


Scott Hassler, an internationally respected trainer, competitor and in-demand master clinician, is the owner and lead trainer of Hassler Dressage. Based at Riveredge in Chesapeake City, Maryland from April through November, and then in Wellington, Florida from December through April, Scott brings his lifelong experience training dozens of horses to the Grand Prix level and successfully competing nationally and internationally as both a rider and as a coach. In this photo Scott is competing with Harmony's Diamo Gold at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI in Wellington, Florida.

  • 2018 trained Olympian Three-Day-Eventers, Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin through WEG, earning their best dressage scores to date.
  • 2019 coached Summit Farms rider, Sarah Lockman on First Apple, owned by Gerry Ibanez, to highest scores for Pan Am Games, the Individual Gold Medal and the Silver Team Medal for the United States of America.
  • Success began as a Junior and Young Rider with multiple national titles.
  • 2+ years training with German Dressage Master, the late Herbert Rehbein near Hamburg, Germany.
  • Short-listed by USET, and finalist with 2 horses for Pan American Games
  • Developed world-renowned Hilltop Farm in Maryland and successfully selected stallions and mares for competition and breeding.
  • One of the few Americans invited to join the International Trainers Club.
  • Successful coaching to highest US finish at FEI World Championship for Young Horses in Verden, Germany.
  • Created the Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium sponsored by Hilltop Farm and Harmony Sporthorses, coached with friends and colleagues including Michael Klimke, Ingo Pape, Dr. Ulf Mueller, Steffen Peters, and Anne Gribbons.
  • Helped develop USEF's National Young Horse Program as coach for 10 years, conducting clinics and symposia, coaching national young horse selection trials and championships and taking teams to the world championships for young horses.
  • For nearly 20 years Scott has served on the USEF Dressage Committee and the USEF Breeding Committee.
  • He was the only dressage representative on the USEF Strategic Planning Committee, assisting in the long-term planning for the country's national sport horse organization.

Sara Hassler


Sara Hassler, a successful competitor and trainer, is the assistant trainer for Hassler Dressage seen here on Harmony's Boitano. With Harmony's Boitano, Sara ended 2019 tied for Reserve Champion for Intermediare I at the national Festival of Champions, and by sweeping the three CDI small tour classes at Devon.  In May 2019 the pair had their first win in a CDI Intermediare I in Canada receiving scores of 72+ and 73+ percent in a panel of 5 Olympic judges.  Earlier in Wellington, Florida they finished second in their debut CDI small tour competition with scores above 70 percent and continued their successful winter tour always in the ribbons. A lifelong dressage rider in training with international trainers Scott and Susanne Hassler, she has also trained in Germany and in clinics with international trainers including Steffen Peters, Michael Klimke, and Ingo Pape. 

  • With Harmony's Boitano, was tied for 2019 Reserve Champion for Intermediare I at the national Festival of Champions, and swept all three classes in CDI Small Tour at Devon.
  • In 2019, with Sara Hassler's Drops of Jupiter successfully competed in Regionals at Intermediare I.
  • Was 2017 Regional Intermediare II Champion on Harmony's Davidoff Hit.
  •  Won  FEI High Score awards at numerous competitions including through the winter circuit in Wellington, Florida every year since 2016 on Harmony's Boitano, Harmony's Locksley, Harmony's Davidoff Hit, and Sara Hassler's Drops of Jupiter.
  • Success training horses to Grand Prix level.
  • Enjoys working with horses at all levels.
  • Gifted trainer and coach with a special ability to make learning fun for horses and riders of all ages.

Hassler Dressage Services


We welcome:

  • Horses of all levels in training, from young horses to Grand Prix.
  • All levels of horses and riders in-residence.
  • Both Sara and Scott offer lessons on and off site for youth, amateurs and professionals of all levels.
  • Conducting clinics on site, locally and across the country.
  • Sales.  We offer horses for sale, training horses for sale and specialize in matching riders to their next horse.
  • Successful 2018 Educational Clinic with Steffan Peters and Scott Hassler at Riveredge, co-sponsored by Dressage Today and organized by Sara Hassler, drew record crowds.

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1455 Cayots Corner Road, Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915

Contact:   Sara Hassler

Phone: 443-566-3938

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