Rick Rockefeller-Silvia who studied Fine Arts at The University of Pennsylvania is an international Grand Prix competitor, United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist and the Founder of Dream Street Stallions, Inc.
Rick, grew up between Florida and Middleburg, Virginia (hunt country) where equestrian sports play a prodigious role in the community. From a very young age, Rick was captivated by horses and all things equestrian sport. When introduced to the art of dressage Rick was simply fascinated. The more he learned, the more he appreciated the harmony and refined techniques that allow a horse and rider to move together as one, seamlessly, like seasoned dance partners.
“My passion for horses and desire to learn and from the best, led to some incredible, even life-changing journeys”.
Following a Reserve National Championship in the Junior/Young Rider division at Dressage at Devon, Rick’s family purchased a training facility for Rick to base his equestrian operation out of for the winter competition season in Wellington, Florida. Rick managed the sixteen stall facility, imported sales horses from Europe and trained with Olympic Bronze Medallist Michelle Gibson while competing in the open FEI levels of dressage. After gaining invaluable ring experience over the course of three seasons in Wellington and with the desire to really improve his understanding of the Grand Prix movements, Rick made the decision to relocate to Europe.
Rick’s desire to learn and compete amongst the best led him to Europe at a very young age, where he studied with some of the world’s most respected Olympic and European Champions, including European Champion Karin Rehbein. Beginning with short summer training sessions and buying trips, eventually, Rick made the decision to move to Germany, enabling him to train and compete with the very best in the World.
“ I was so incredibly honored and grateful to have the opportunity to train at Gestut Gronwolhdhof, an internationally recognized, elite training facility known for its production of Olympic level athletes. The experience, training, and exposure I gained while living in Germany helped shape the rider, trainer, and competitor I am today”.
In 2006, after returning to the United States following an extensive training and competition tour in Europe, Rick began creating Dream Street Stallions Inc., an importation, sales and equine breeding enterprise responsible for the selection, acquisition, syndication, management and international competition careers of numerous stallions that became award-winning, elite, and highly sought after. Horse of the year accolades at nearly every level (including grand Prix), three top ten placements at the Young Horse National Championships (culminating in a Bronze medal finish 2010), a Grand Championship at America’s most prestigious dressage show “Dressage at Devon” (2008), fully booked stallion service rosters (2008-2012), 100% premium foal crops (German Oldenburg Verband), high score circuit champion of the inaugural year of The Global Dressage Festival (2010) and record setting prices in elite auctions in Germany and Switzerland were a result of the renowned program.
In 2007 Rick’s students began to find similar success in the dressage arena. Over the years Rick’s students have won both regional and national championships, earned USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, and have earned USDF/USEF Horse of The Year Accolades at every level, including Grand Prix. Rick has served as a popular clinician at Ivy League Universities including Brown and Harvard, teaching dressage fundamentals to equitation (hunter/jumper riders), as well as at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.