A history of YES
“Yarramalong” is a beautiful property located in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Whilst being only 30 mins from the centre of Sydney, it is 5 acres right on Ku-ring-gai National Park. My Parents Tina and Peter Wommelsdorf bought the property in the 1960’s and then built the home to replicate my mothers love of castles in her home country of Germany. Over the years it has become known as “the house with the tower”.
My mother Tina Wommelsdorf was (until only a few years ago, when she retired from coaching) an EFA NCAS Level 3 Dressage Coach and not only taught here all over Australia – but gave regular clinics in America and was also the National Coach for Hong Kong for 3 years. I grew up watching my mother train her 2 horses to Grand Prix together with the help of Franz Mairinger who was then Australia’s first National Dressage Coach. She competed very successfully with both horses – but it was her 2nd horse “Jackpot’ a NZ bred thoroughbred who was the super star. At the first ever National Championships in Dressage, Adelaide EXPO 1974 she won the Inter 2 and Grand Prix and became Australia’s first National Dressage Champion. This was also my first “National Competition” at age 10. My mother stayed at the top with this horse and was rarely beaten and was then booked to represent Australia at the World Championships in Goodwood England in 1978. Sadly, Jackpot became very ill due to unknown causes, and died after an incredible fight lasting 3 weeks, with our local vet at the time, often staying overnight. It was a very sad ending to a spectacular horse who had not yet finished.
I began with my first pony at 2 and a half years of age the usual way – doing a bit of everything. I competed in eventing, show jumping and dressage throughout my teenage years. I trained with George Sanna, Vicki and Wayne Roycroft and of course my mother and Franz Mairinger. I competed successfully up to state and national level from 7 yrs of age onwards. I was also lucky enough to train overseas (together with my mum) at the home of Josef Neckermann, the first ever World Champion in Dressage. I had the incredible privilege of not only having lessons with this Legend in dressage but I rode the horse that he won this prestigious title with, the beautiful mare “Mariano”. In his riding career he won a total of 6 Olympic medals in Dressage.
During this time also I began teaching in 1982 at the age of 18 at Samari Park Riding School . I stayed there for many years and then started teaching privately and became an EFA Registered Coach. In 1997 I did my NCAS EFA Level 1 Exam and shortly afterwards established my business as Y E S Yarramalong Equestrian Specialists. My goal was to run a small business with a low volume client base and provide luxury accommodation for horses (“Boutique Boarding) and specialist dressage coaching for riders. Over the years I have taken students up as high as Prix St George Level with many, many others competing successfully at the lower levels. Enjoy looking at the ” results” page of this web site. I am currently riding my lovely 6 yr old Belcam Concerto (please find link for Belcam Warmblood Stud In QLD in the links section of this web site. As a 3 year old in 2006 he was nearly always placed in the top 3 spots at the lower levels and did very well in the 4yr old YH classes achieving scores of up to 7.2 and at the National finals at the CDI 2007 came a very respectable 13th.
Over the last 10 years I have not had a vacancy until EI hit our industry. I am selective in who I work with as I very much want to achieve good results with my students. What I mean by this is that I really prefer to work with people who are quite serious about the sport and want to work hard on themselves to achieve realistic goals.
My primary concern is always for the horse and this reflects strongly in my training.
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