Training

Schaub has proven himself as trainer throughout the years, leading a long list horses to AHSA/USEF National Championships, multiple Winter Equestrian Festival championships, and over fifty champion and reserve champions at the Devon Horse Show and the indoor circuit of Capital Challenge, Harrisburg, Washington International, and the National Horse Show. In addition, he trained Jessica Karp, USET Talent Search winner, and Ariat Adult Medal Finals winner Molly Sewell. Two of his clients have won World Championship Hunter Rider championships. Schaub has helped train top riders, such as Pat Vogtle, Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, Liza Towell, Lauren Bass, Caroline Willard, and Evan Coluccio.

Horses and ponies have made Bill Schaub's business soar. Famous ponies, like Time to Talk, Heart's Desire, Disco Duck, Rainbow Connection, Sundowner, Crystal Blue, Arabesque, All that Glitters, and Miss Australia have marched into history under his tutelage. Schaub has had four Grand Champion Pony Hunters at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. He has also had great horses, such as Gran Duel, Out of Sight, and Mind Games. The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation has awarded three of his horses the "Heard a Rumor" Perpetual Trophy, a lifetime achievement award for horses that exemplify exceptional ability in the show hunter ring and whose lifelong show career epitomizes the important partnership of show hunter and hunter rider. Missouri won this special award in 2003, Clyde Barrow was honored in 2001, and Lyrik was given the award in 1995.

Five years ago, Schaub realized that he did not have the same outlook on his horses and clients that he had when he first opened his business. Like many in the industry, Schaub traveled to shows constantly and was very focused on the end result. "I decided to start over at the ground level. I went back to the feeling I had twenty years ago when I started teaching. I focused on providing my clients a base of knowledge for riding, and wanted them to focus on the horsemanship, not the ribbons," Schaub explained. "I'll teach anyone if they want to learn."

More recently, Bill Schaub has found wonderfully supportive clients like ex-wife Lee Avera, Courtney Rodrigue, Laura and Caroline Van den Berg, Roberta Previ, Sophie Read, Lee Cesery, and Lauren and Katie Hogan. "I'm lucky to have a wonderful group of people with quality horses. We try to suit people with horses that will fit their goals. I have ladies that come and take one lesson a month and are thrilled to be there, and I have riders that can go to the major horse shows and are capable of winning."

Two of these clients who have had recent success are the Hogan sisters. Lauren Hogan has had several wonderful ponies, and dominated the pony divisions at the Capital Challenge Horse Show this year, winning the small pony reserve champion on Hillcrest Blue Snip, the medium pony championship on Heart's Desire, and the large pony and grand pony championship on Time to Talk. In addition, she was awarded the Stewart Warner Cup and the Best Child Rider title. Katie Hogan excels in the pony jumpers, and she and Frosty were champions at Devon.

Melissa Vander Vennet and Molly Sewell are assistant trainers at Over the Hill Farm. Schaub commented, "Their dedication is a true asset to Over the Hill Farm." He is now in a similar situation as when he first started his business. "Melissa teaches at home and gives the clients a great head start so that they are ready to compete at the shows with me," said Schaub. "I'm constantly learning from my clients and other professionals. We set realistic goals, we're honest, and we work within everyone's budget. Everyone should know that you don't have to be rich. If you love the sport, you can succeed."

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