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Rideauwood Farm is a multi-service equine centre for the sport of dressage in Canada. This picturesque farm, located just outside of Merrickville on the Rideau Canal, is an acclaimed Dressage Training Centre, a warmblood horse breeding facility and home to the largest equine semen importation business in Canada.
“The three sides of Rideauwood are all very complimentary,” says Doug Woywitka, who
manages importation of European equine sperm. Partner Susanne Dutt-Roth, a Grand Prix rider who has been listed many times as a Canadian National Dressage Team member, trains dressage riders and horses at their Merrickville facility and in Wellington, Florida, during the winter show circuit. Their daughter, accomplished rider Yanina Woywitka, has successfully represented Canada at the North American Young Rider Championships.
This is a banner year for the family. Susanne and the talented five-year-old Hanoverian mare named “Londoncrown” will represent Canada at the 2018 World Breeding Young Horse Championship in Ermelo, The Netherlands, in August.
“These are the best young horses in the world,” says Susanne, who is thrilled to be competing with the stunning mare she has been training. Susanne and “Londoncrown” scored very high in front of a panel of international judges at the Ottawa Dressage Festival in May to qualify for the Ermelo competition. “This is a great outcome and very exciting for us,” says Susanne.
Rideauwood, in Susanne’s family for many years, is aptly named. It overlooks the Rideau waterway. The 118-acre property includes an island, a kilometre of waterfront with trails, rolling hayfields and scenic pastures.
It was Susanne’s many contacts in the sport of dressage which led to getting into the semen importation and distribution business.
“It’s growing every year,” says Doug. Representing over 70 of the best dressage and jumping stallions from top European breeding stations, Rideauwood has made it easier for North American breeders to access equine semen and produce top quality sport horses. With its first class training, as well as established avenues to market horses, Rideauwood has become a key player in advancing world-class equine sport in Canada.
Learn more about Rideauwood Farm by visiting their website, email Susanne and Doug, or call them at 613-269-3837. Rideauwood is located at 3531 Burritts Rapids Road.