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Renate Lansburgh

Saturday, November 30, 2013   (6 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Jenkins
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Renate Lansburgh, NEDA member for 42 years,  passed away 11/30/2013.  Renate was one of the founding members of NEDA, a long time Board member, USEF R Judge, instructor and trainer.

 

On May 17th longtime friends Elizabeth Davidson and Carol Mayo (top / left photo below) held a Memorial Gathering to remember Renate. Renate's cousin sent her old scrap books and various drawings of Renate's horses. Friends travelled from as far as Martha's Vineyard and New Hampshire.

 
   
 

 

When Renate died, Beth Jenkins sent these "Thoughts of Renate".  

 

Renate and I were part of the very first NEDA sponsored program training USEF Licensed dressage judges, in the early 70's.   There were 42 of us in the program, which was not nearly as extensive as the present judge training.  Six of us passed and went on judging for many years.  I think that the six of us have hung up our judging shingles now, however.

 

Renate was a goldsmith in her "other life".  When it came time for NEDA to fashion special things, Renate was called upon.  Early on in NEDA's life she designed the NEDA medal, which is now the very familiar NEDA logo.  She always said it was based upon a drawing of St George and the dragon, and other times it is said the logo is designed after the Austrian shilling.

 

Renate might have been thought austere, on first meeting her.  But there sure was a fun loving person in there too.   I remember being at a Judge Forum in Warrenton VA and it happened to be her birthday.  We had a party in our motel room, squeezing a flock of us in there, plus about 50 helium filled balloons.  I can still see Renate hopping around that room trying to stomp on those balloons and pop them. 

 

As for dressage training, Renate was born in Germany (has a twin sister still there) and came to the US as a young woman, living in California.   I am not sure how she got to Boston, but she was one of our very fine NEDA trainers, well versed in classical dressage that she learned in her home country.  The photo below was taken by my cousin Susan Sexton in the mid 1980's, at the NEDA Summer Show in Medfield MA.  Renate is riding an American TB off the track that she trained herself, and competed at the FEI levels.

 

She will be missed!

 

Beth Jenkins

 

Comments...

Sally B. Davenport says...
Posted Thursday, December 05, 2013
Renata will be so, so missed! She was a treasure.
Ann M. Gregoire says...
Posted Monday, December 02, 2013
Renate has been many things for me. She was first a respected judge and any score she gave was fair and well earned, Then when I was an aspiring judge, she was both a training judge and a control judge, and when I took my practical exam I was very proud to have all my placings match hers and my scores within 2 points of hers, It was always an honor and fun to be on a Judging panel with her. My on going friendship and admiration for her will never be forgotten.
Rita A. Brown says...
Posted Sunday, December 01, 2013
Renate was a wonderfully funny and brutally honest person. She took her art as a master goldsmith and dressage trainer very seriously and expected nothing less from her students. I had the honor of riding and training with Renate for many years and eventually considered her a good friend and mentor. Her horse Ross was the love of her life and her mentor was the late great Walter Christensen. Renate was a stickler for correct schooling figures and always trying to get the perfect trot canter transitions. She was a brave woman who forged her way and made her living without the help of anyone. Little did people know is that she had a very soft and sincere side. I will sincerely miss her and her sly smile as she would say something like "Ladies lets be honest here!"
Dorothy Demis says...
Posted Sunday, December 01, 2013
Renate judged one of the first tests I rode. She came out of the trailer to speak to me - she was so passionate about dressage. Over the years I have had the privilege to ride for her many times, work with her as a fellow judge and had her judge for me as a show organizer. She maintained her passion for correct riding throughout the years. Her comments were always spot on and she was always an advocate for the horse. I use her as a measure of my own judging (what would Renate say about that?). She touched many in New England - I don't imagine there is a professional in the area who has not been influenced by her. She will be sorely missed but not forgotten.
Aleen Thomas says...
Posted Sunday, December 01, 2013
I had the pleasure of being the show secretary/organizer a number of times when she was judging. A gracious accommodating judge who was a pleasure to work with! She will be missed.
Jane Hannigan says...
Posted Sunday, December 01, 2013
Renate designed our logo and it is our NEDA medal that we win at NEDA competitions. I think she has left us with a beautiful image that we must uphold as dressage riders. Thank you Renate for being my first dressage trainer, every proper 20 meter circle I ride is because of you. Thank you for bothering to teach 9 year old pony club kids!

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