--> the farm, the owners, the sculpture

The farm

Full Circle Dressage, Pendleton, KY opened in summer 1997 with the goal of operating a small, private, full-service facility for serious dressage riders in the Louisville area. Quickly that goal expanded to offering classical dressage training for all breeds, teaching riders of all skill levels, offering a variety of top-quality dressage horses for sale, and hosting clinics with internationally-known dressage experts.

The location
Full Circle is located at 948 L'Esprit Parkway on 62 acres in the 5,000-acre equine community L'Esprit, two miles from Exit 28 on Interstate 71-North, northeast of Louisville, KY.

Our farm is located in the center of Kentucky horse country, just 45 minutes from the Louisville Airport, downtown Louisville, and Churchill Downs, and two hours from Lexington, KY.

Horses are worked every day here and visitors are always welcome to watch the process by appointment. There are several motels in La Grange at Exit 22 off I-71, eight miles from Full Circle and convenient for our visitors:

Best Western/Luxbury (502) 222-5500
Comfort Suites (502) 222-4125
Days Inn (502) 222-7192

The owners
Owners Frank and Judy Gassmann bring to Full Circle almost 30 years experience owning, showing, breeding, and caring for horses. They built their first farm, Prairie Dancer, in 1973 in Dundas, IL. In 1981 they moved to rural Madison, IN where they operated the 14-stall Madison Morgans until moving to Kentucky in 1997.

The Gassmanns also publish annual stallion directories, trainer directories, and calendars through their company, Breeders Guide Publishing. Visit the Breeders Guide web site at http://www.breedersguide.com. View the Full Circle Dressage farm profiles published in the 2005 Morgan Breeders Guide, and the 2004 American Saddlebred Breeders Guide.

The sculpture
Visitors to Full Circle are welcomed by a large sculpture at the end of the drive that, in stylized form, serves as the farm logo. The sculpture was created by Steve Skaggs, professor of art at the University of Louisville.

The incomplete circle of the sculpture represents the dressage concept of constant striving for perfection - but never achieving it.

Full Circle owners Frank & Judy Gassmann and Billie Starr