Jan Ebeling

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Jan Ebeling immigrated to the United States in 1984 from his native Germany, where he had apprenticed for many years for the late German master Herbert Rehbein. In 1998, Jan became an American citizen and competed for the United States for the first time. From 1998 to 2003, Jan won several titles of champion and reserve champion at the U.S. national dressage championships held in Gladstone, New Jersey, on horses including Gucci, Ricardo, Liberte and Feleciano.

In 2003, Jan earned a place on the U.S. team for the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. Aboard Feleciano, he clinched the gold medal for the United States as the highest-ranked U.S. competitor. Jan and Feleciano finished fifth overall at the Pan Am Games individually.

In 2006, Rafalca, a 1997 Oldenburg mare, was purchased for Jan to ride and compete. Jan has shown and competed in the World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Jan and Rafalca were the highest-ranked U.S. combination at the World Cup in Leipzig, Germany. In July 2011, Jan was a member of the U.S. team in Aachen. Jan and Rafalca were ranked 27th on the World Ranking list during 2011.

In 2012, Rafalca and Jan were awarded a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in London. The pair placed third at the USEF Collecting Gaits Festival of Champions with an average score above 73 percent. In London, Jan achieved a score of more than 70 percent in the Grand Prix, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Meanwhile, with Ann Romney as one of the owners of Rafalca, Jan was able to handle numerous media requests and interviews with grace and poise, while giving dressage unprecedented worldwide media coverage.

In addition to Jan's heavy competition and training schedule, he serves as a USDF Young Rider clinician, is a member of the High Performance Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee, and conducts clinics nationally and internationally. He has a full training and sales business in Moorpark, California. As his family is an important part of his life, he enjoys spending time hiking, biking, snorkeling and traveling with his wife, Amy, and son, Ben.

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