Stephan Cheret was born and raised in France and grew up in an equestrian family. His love of horses and riding started at the early age of nine. As a young man he began overseeing different aspects of running the familys sixty stall dressage facility in France which included training and teaching.
Stephan trained under his father, Jean Claude Cheret, a well known trainer in France and his step mother, Isabelle Judet, a renowned International O judge. Other European trainers include; Dr. Kasselman, Dr. Rehbein, Patrick Le Roland (French National trainer), and Robert Dover.
His show career extended throughout Europe successfully competing at Grand Prix level and in 1994 won the French National Championship.
Stephan moved to the US with his wife Caroline and began their business focusing on training, teaching and importing top quality horses. His dedication and skill has been proven with the success of bringing many horses and clients to FEI level in the show ring, including winning several times at Devon.
As a trainer, he believes in basics, basics, and more basics. Suppleness, throughness, and positive rewards are his motto to bring a horse to the highest levels with self carriage and brilliance. His riding and training has the efficiency of the German method with the special touch of classical riding from the French influence.
Fioretto & Caroline Cheret with Olympian, Debbie MacDonald.
Selected by Debbie at 2010 USEF's Talent Search
Gladstone, New Jersey
Back Brook Farms 75 Back Brook Road, Ringoes, N.J.
Fioretto, Caroline Cheret & Ruth Sigal with Olympian, Robert Dover. Training season in Florida 2013
International FEI rider and trainer Caroline Cheret has been riding horses nearly her entire life.
She began her riding career in her native France when she was just 6 years old and showed jumpers until the age of 16. At that time, she met and began training with a dressage master from
the Nuno Olivera school. After attending college in Paris and earning a degree in psychology, she returned to true passion—dressage. She trained and competed throughout Europe before moving to the United States in 1994.
Caroline has worked with some of the most renowned trainers in the United States (including Debbie McDonald, Lars Peterson, and Robert Dover) but trains on a daily basis with her husband, Stephan. Caroline’s training philosophy focuses on both the basics of riding and the essential connection between rider and horse. “With balance and suppleness you can make a horse move better and
stay sound.” She has developed a career marked by a true commitment to bringing young horses through the levels, watching them grow and, in the end, producing athletes that excel in dressage. She takes pride in taking the time to help them progress, blossom, and be happy in their work. “I embrace the fact that every horse is different and some will take more time than others. It’s a natural and nurturing process, which I love.” When working with riders, she focuses on the rider’s position because she firmly believes that a good position makes the rider more effective overall.
Today, Caroline loves to compete and is training two horses to Grand Prix: Fioretto, an 11-year-old Westfalen by Florestan, owned by Ruth Sigal and Avantino, a 9-year-old KWPN by United/Gribaldi, owned by Caroline.
They will both compete in Grand Prix in 2015. Caroline’s goal is to make it to the Olympics one day…exciting times!
Stephan Cheret (908) 310-6864
Caroline Cheret (908) 208-6686
Fioretto & Caroline Cheret at Devon 2013