Madeleine Dammers Austin Erdman was educated in the U.S and The Netherlands.
Her sympathetic, intelligent and systematic approach to the development of horse and rider has been a successful recipe for many years.
She has trained numerous horses to Grand Prix and is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist. Her horses have won USDF Horse of the Year awards at all levels, including championships. While dressage is her own competitive venue, she coaches students from all disciplines in an effort to enable them to bring out the best in themselves and their horses.
She has had students long-listed for the Olympics (eventing and dressage), World Equestrian Games and the Pan Am games (dressage). She has students who have earned USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.
Her daughter, Elisabeth, who holds the unique/difficult distinction of being a rider coached largely by her mother, competed very successfully at the NAYRC in 2002, 2003 and 2004, when she was the individual silver medalist. Elisabeth is considered to be one of the most talented dressage riders in the country. In 2006 and 2007, Elisabeth rode the home bred Olivier to the Brentina Cup Championship at the USET Foundation National Dressage Championship. In 2010, they were long-listed for the World Equestrian Games and in 2011, they were the reserve for FEI Dressage World Cup Final.
Madeleine has imported numerous horses from Holland during the last thirty years who have had successful careers in several disciplines. The Dutch Warmblood breeding program at Imajica has produced national champions, KWPN Top Five horses and FEI competitors. Olivier is the piece de resistance of this program.
Cross-training plays a large part in the development of Imajica’s horses; all of the dressage horses learn to jump and all of the jumpers are schooled in basic dressage.
The University of Vermont Equestrian Team, which Madeleine has coached for many years, is one of the most successful in the country. High placings for the team at the national level confirm their status . Individual riders have won some of the highest honors in collegiate competition, including the coveted Cacchione Cup which riders coached by Madeleine have won twice, John Piggot in 2003 and Alex Carlton in 2014.
Madeleine is also a writer and has had articles in various publications over the years.
Madeleine’s specialties include:
Finding the right horse for every client.
Training horses through Grand Prix
Developing JR/YR, amateur and professional riders
Importing horses from Europe
Breeding Dutch Warmblood horses.
Madeleine’s husband is the sculptor, Richard Erdman