Growing up on the family farm in Germany, horses were central in Sabine’s youth. In fact, Sabine often recalls, “my sister and I could ride before we could walk”.
After graduating from High School, Sabine studied law at the Albertus-Magnus Universität in Cologne, Germany and went on to pass her two state exams to become an attorney. A job opportunity in the legal field brought her to the U.S. in the summer of 2001. Soon she gave up law to do what she always wanted to do, Sabine made her life long passion for horses her profession.
Sabine has more than 30-years experience in starting, training and showing dressage, jumping and three-day-eventing. 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 medals in both, her native Germany and the U.S. She graduated from the USDF “L” Education Program for Dressage judges training with distinction and is a licensed USEF “r” Dressage judge.
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.
Besides others, Sabine has cliniced in the US with Volker Brommann, Jan Ebeling, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann and Mike Osinski.
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.