A.R.T. is in association with Melissa Fischbach and DR. Christian Kristen Von Stetten. A.R.T. Offers educational Seminars and clinics on Classical Dressage and also offers Question and Answer on-line for students.

Member in good standing with the following organizations:
Friesian Horse Association of North America
Coastal California Friesian Club
California Dressage Society
United States Equestrian Federation
United States Dressage Federation
United States Lipizzan Registry
Gypsy Horse Association
Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association


    Certified: American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) Dressage and Recreational Riding 2000-2007

    Certified: Classical Dressage Riders Association (CDRA) Instructor & Test Administrator

    Certified: British Horse Society (BHS) Assistant Instructors Degree ( equivalent by an american affiliate)

    Certified: American Society of Equine Appraisers (ASEA) All Breed Equine Appraiser (Specializing in Friesians)

    Qualified Rider: CA Dressage Society @ 4th level

Other Accomplishments
1990 California Dressage Society Qualified Rider 2nd level
1990-91 Barn Manager/Student/Head groom for Olympic Rider (40+ horses)
1993 Qualified for CA. Dressage Championships, 4th level


1990-96 Studied with Olympic Dressage rider and clinician


Photos by Melissa Fischbach~ Portrait and Riding 'Mutig' in a flying change

Gwen Stockebrand is a student of the late former US Olympic Team coach Melle van Bruggen.

She has accomplished the following:
1978 USET Dressage Team
1979 Stockebrand placeed 16th in the World Championships and 3rd in the Musical Kur.
1979 Pan American Games Silver Medal winner.
1980 USET Dressage Team, 15th in the world in 1980

1998-to current date, studying with International Classical Dressage Teacher


Photo by Melissa Fischbach

Rode with / Studied with:
CAPT. ANDRE DE POPIEL - (Polish cavalry officer; Student at the Spanish Riding School, Vienna; Initiator of Three Day Eventing in Canada)
CDT. ARNAUD DE PADIRAC - (Ecuyer at the Cadre Noir, Saumur; French Olympic Dressage Team Selection; Founder/Director Académie équestre de Touraine)
M. JEAN-YVES BONNET - (Maître de manège, Cadre Noir, Saumur; Founder/ Director Ecole d'équitation de Salmiech)
DR. GUILHERME BORBA -(Founder/Director Escola portuguesa de arte equestre, Lisbon)
SR. LUIS VALENÇA-RODRIGUES - (head Rider/Co-founder Escola portuguesa de arte equestre, Lisbon; Director/Co-founder Centre hípico Lezíria Grande, VF de Xira)
HR. ARTHUR KOTTAS-HELDENBERG -(former First Principal Rider, Spanish Riding School, Vienna)

DR. Christian Kristen von Stetten, has spent the last few year translating important riding texts. Most recently the 629 page 1790 book 'Die Edle Kunst Des Reitens' (The noble art of riding). This book as of now has only been translated from Portuguese and published in German. Also translated in to German by Chris are the Dressage manuals Written by Jean-Claude Racinet. ( These books are available in English in my store, go to webring links below) DR. Christian Kristen von Stetten is a writer in his own right, to read some of what he has written please visit my "about classical dressage" page.

Visit Chris's Website Click Here
Photos of CKVS teaching in clinics Click Here