The Glory of owning an Olympic Star
Ad Astra Collective
Ad Astra Stables is the lead facility for the development of the group’s assets. Ad Astra is a 14-acre tranquil High-Performance Dressage training facility with 29 stalls and lush grass pastures located in Encinitas, California, only a few miles from the Beach. The facility is owned by Rebecca and Gary Dick of Baldwin City, Kansas and managed by their daughter Tessa Matheson. Resident trainers are Rebecca Rigdon-Blake and David Blake.
Freedom Hill Farms
Ad Astra is one of a kind with many amenities such as grass pastures, sand turnouts, a Eurosizer, Theraplate, 2 oversized Dressage Courts with all weather Arena Aide and Reiten Right footing and exceptional draining systems, as well as full length mirrors and seating areas.
Ad Astra has two barns one with 12 12x16 stalls a full bathroom including shower and large tack room with lockers for each stall. As well as a 17 stall barn with 12x12 stalls, a 1/2 bathroom, full tack room with lockers for each stall, full laundry room, feed room, and shop. Both barns are equipped with several crossties with fans and full length heaters and lights.
Freedom Hill Farms is situated in beautiful rural Johnson County in Kansas, on 180 acres of rolling hills, Freedom Hill has been horse haven for over 35 years. Owner and Olympic contender, Arlene Rigdon (member of the Ad Astra team), has bred, raised and trained her prized Holsteiners here and will be available to care for foals produced in the breeding process, if so required.
Freedom Hill Farms
The European Alliance
Craecken Stables - Amsterdam - Netherlands
Craecken Stables is Ad Astra’s European Alliance Partner. Owned and run by Egbert Kraak and Julie Hicks, it is an exclusive and high-end sales and training stable located 15 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in the Netherlands, specializing in Grand Prix Winners, World Cup and Olympic Champions for professionals and high-quality, well-trained horses for amateurs.
Craecken Stables has made extremely successful matches between horses and riders for the last 20 years, producing almost (50) Grand Prix winners and Championship horses medaling at the Olympics, World, Asian and South American Games, with numerous placings at all levels. Craecken Stable’s philosophy is quality over quantity, limited to 18 horses that are carefully selected and trained for optimal results.