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  • Klaus Fraessdorf

    Klaus passed today at his home in Orlando, FL. His daughter Kirsten will be updating the website www.dressageinflorida.com, I imagine, with details on any memorial service.

    I have known Klaus since the early 90's and worked for him at the WEF shows from 1999 to his retirement at the end of the 2008 season. A stickler for the rules as a TD/Judge, Klaus started the Blue Book in Florida (Omnibus) as well as the shows at Clarcona (Heidelburg Cup) and for years he also did Dressage at Saratoga. I will miss his blonde jokes, incessant cigarette smoking and his eating every sweet in sight (even though he was diabetic).

    Rest in peace, my friend.
    Beth Davidson
    Black Dog Farm Connemaras & Sport Horses
    visit my blog: http://ponyeventer.blogspot.com

  • #2
    Oh, I am so sorry to hear that this wonderful wit, this passionate man, has passed on.

    All sympathy to his family and friends.
    one oak, lots of canyons



    • #3
      I too, am very sad to hear of his passing, although it was not unexpected for quite a while.

      He was a super judge too. Very nice, but man was he a stickler for the rules!

      Rest in Peace Klaus.


      • #4
        A wonderful person. He will be missed.


        • #5
          I sent this to Kirsten and put it on Facebook, but will add it here:

          The dressage world lost a great friend today. Klaus Fraessdorf was like a member of every dressage rider’s family. His saucy wit, his kindness, his intelligence and his humanity. He will be missed and thought about often by the Vermont branch of his family.


          • #6
            very sad--and hope me may rest in peace and have some glorious horses in his view all the time...he was a great guy- a real German- gutsy and fun!
            "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman


            • #7
              He was always fun at the conventions - he loved to play his harmonica in the bar at dinner!


              • #8
                imajicadutch--Rhett and I echo your sentiments about his Vermont branch of the family.
                jane savoie
                dressage mentor


                • #9
                  Godspeed to Klaus, and condolences to his family and friends. He had quite an influence on dressage in Florida and elsewhere. I am sorry to hear of his passing, even though it was not unexpected. RIP to a wonderful friend of the dressage community.


                  • Original Poster

                    His funeral will be on Friday. I went to his 70th birthday, which was just wonderful! I last talked to him about 3 weeks ago and he was adamant that I not come in person....I so wish he had let me. I so enjoyed working with him in south Florida!
                    Beth Davidson
                    Black Dog Farm Connemaras & Sport Horses
                    visit my blog: http://ponyeventer.blogspot.com


                    • #11
                      I met Klaus in 1976. He was such a fine man, passionate about dressage as well as his beloved blonde jokes. He was one of the best organizers the sport has ever seen. His judging used the entire scale, which was a breath of fresh air, especially back in the 70s. He was smart, kind, funny and a real gentleman. My heart goes out to his family.
                      Mary Lou


                      Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique


                      • #12
                        I fondly remember Klaus and his harmonica.

                        For everything he did for the sport, the riders and the horses, he will be deeply misssed.


                        • Original Poster

                          Funeral Arrangements

                          Klaus's service will be at the Loomis Family Funeral Home at 11am on Friday September 4th.

                          420 W Main St
                          Apopka, FL 32712
                          (407) 880-1007
                          Beth Davidson
                          Black Dog Farm Connemaras & Sport Horses
                          visit my blog: http://ponyeventer.blogspot.com


                          • #14
                            I was a student of Mr. F's (as we kids called him) circa 1984 at his farm in the Spring Valley subdivision in Altamonte Springs. I learned so much and have so many fond memories of him, his family and my first group of "horse friends". Sometimes I still hear his voice in my head when I ride. I was crushed this morning when I learned of his passing. Rest In Peace Mr. F.


                            • #15
                              What a wonderful man that would always put a smile on your face with a joke or two. I will always remember many years ago he was managing a show and I was riding my first first level test. I did a very forward extended canter not knowing if I could stop on the long side toward the judge, Gary Rockwell. Klaus later said to me, "your horse takes advantage of you...it makes me laugh!" God bless you Klaus.


                              • #16
                                Are there any organizations or funds accepting memorial donations in his name?


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by DownYonder View Post
                                  Are there any organizations or funds accepting memorial donations in his name?
                                  [FONT=Franklin Gothic Book]The funeral service will be held on September 4, 2009 at 11:00am at Loomis Family Funeral Home: 420 West Main Street, Apopka, FL 32712 – (407)880-1007. Flowers will be accepted or Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Comforter at the following website: http://www.hospiceofthecomforter.org...memorial-gifts[/FONT]