Sabine came to the U.S. from Germany in 2001. She grew up with horses firmly involved in family life, she says she and her sister could ride a horse before they could walk.
Sabine has more than 25-years experience in starting, training and showing dressage and jumping horses in competitions, auctions and mare performance tests. She has successfully trained and competed in Germany through “M-Dressur” (equivalent to Fourth Level) and through Prix St. George in the U.S.. In addition she was a member of her state’s Junior and Young Rider 3-day-eventing team.
Sabine has earned her bronze and silver medal in Germany and in the U.S., she is a certified “Reitwart” and has her testate status judging card (equivalent to an “r” judge) in her native country.
Sabine is an USDF “L” Education Program for judges training graduate with distinction, she is eligible for the “r” program and sent in her application recently.
Sabine credits her father, Horst Ense, as her most important and influential trainer. He was an FEI judge and an international course builder. He served as the president of the German Breeding Association and vice president of the German Equestrian Federation (FN).
Sabine has worked with a variety of members of the German Equestrian Federation, including training with Antonie de Ridder, an FEI trainer who was instrumental in advancing his wife, Alexandra Simons de Ridder and her horse “Chacomo” up to competing in in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She was a demonstration rider for Jan Ebeling at the 2012 Northwest Horse Expo, she has cliniced with Volker Brommannn, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann and Mike Osinski.
In January 2006 Sabine, with a little help from her husband, Bill Rossknecht, started Lone Pine Stables, a premier equestrian facility located in Southern Oregon’s beautiful Rogue Valley.
At Lone Pine Stables Sabine trains horses with traditional German training methods based on the Training Scale. She emphasizes on the correct position and seat of her students to enable them to effective riding and on the suppleness and correctness of her horses.
In her training the horse always comes first. Sabine’s philosophy is that a content and relaxed equine partner is the basis for success.