Sonnenberg Farm, LLC

The Team

  • 2014 ODS PSG Champion

Brooke Voldbaek, Head Trainer, Instructor  

Michele BondyYoung Horse/Assistant Trainer  

Dan & Gina Ruediger, Owners  

Daria Ruediger, Assistant Manager  

Brooke has been riding dressage since a very young age, influenced by her aunt, Mary Ann Judkins, who was a popular dressage trainer and instructor in the Northwest region.  As an adult, Brooke has been training and competing both regionally and nationally.  As a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, she has developed many horses to FEI and a number of those to Grand Prix. Highlights of her career include dozens of ODS/State and USDF Regional Championships/Res. Championships at all levels of dressage, a number of "Top Ten" national placings for USDF Horse of the Year and in 2015, Brooke and Sonnenberg bred, Generosa S, keur, (Uphill x Farrington x Jazz) were USEF/Markel Reserve National Champions for the Four Year Old Young Dressage Horses in Chicago. Major influences throughout Brooke's riding career have been Dietrich Von Hopfgarten, Jeremy Steinberg, Anne Gribbons, Christine Traurig and Steffen Peters. 
Michele has been riding her entire life and as young rider, she trained with our friend, Willy Arts for many years. Michele has successfully competed through FEI, but focuses her energy and enthusiasm to starting and training our young horses - so they have a correct foundation.  For over 4 years, Michele has been successfully training and competing Sonnenberg bred young horses including training them to not only pass the strict KWPN performance tests but many have placed in the top five in North America or have become North American Champions. Michele is a USDF Silver Medalist and works closely with Brooke in the development of our training program. 
Daria has been a key player at Sonnenberg through out her life -  both in the continuous care of all of the horses as well as her help in the breeding and raising of our mares and foals. There is likely not a better foal handler in North America than Daria and when it comes to foal watch, you can count on her to stay awake and predict accrurately the start of labor. Sonnenberg Farm wouldn't be as successful as it is without the work and labor of love that our daughter, Daria gives our farm and we couldn't be more pleased to see her develop as a young breeder.  Daria hopes to pursue her college goals of becoming an equine veterinarian and if she can accomplish this, we are confident she will be outstanding in her field.  
Dan & Gina have both been competing horses since their youth.  After meeting one another in college, getting married and starting their family and careers, their goal was to develop a farm and follow their passion - to breed, raise and train KWPN horses. Sonnenberg Farm was developed to accomplish this goal and since 2003, Gina, Dan and their two kids, Mason and Daria, have been living on and working on their farm. Gina and Dan are both active competitors as well as direct their breeding program to consistently produce not only North American KWPN Keuring Champions, but also USEF and USDF Champions all the way to Grand Prix.