I was born in the Rhineland and grew up in a family that was passionate about riding and breeding horses. My sporting career began on my parents’ yard close to Wesel. As a teenager I competed a total of seven times as a junior and young rider at the German National Eventing Championships, as well as representing Germany at the European Championships. At an early age I became well known locally for competing successfully at shows and went on to introduce numerous young horses, including many youngsters who had been bred by my father, to the sport, achieving top results at both state and national levels. Many of the youngsters I trained went on to compete in top level sport. I have also successfully ridden up to advanced level in all three disciplines.
Having completed my training in Luhmühlen under the watchful eye of Hans Melzer, the current national eventing trainer it was just a small step into the world of professional equine sport. My first stop was at the dressage yard belonging to Alexa Schulten-Baumer, here I completed my master of riding and equine management and was awarded the “Stensbeck” silver plaque on passing my final exams. In both the dressage and show jumping phases I rode a horse that I had trained myself.
In addition to these qualifications I also completed a commercial training in my parents business.
With all these qualifications under my belt I decided I wanted to see the world and during an eighteen month stay in Japan I worked at “Royal Horse Riding Club” not far from Tokio, here I was able to pass on my knowledge to the trainers working there and coordinated the training and schooling of both horse and rider.
Between 2001 and 2004 I worked as an auction assistant for the Verden Horse Federation and during this time I came up with the idea of putting together a concept to create a professional marketing tool for the sale of German bred event horses. Early in 2005 in partnership with Elmar Lesch we set up the Top-Eventers GmbH. Via this to date unique elite event horse auction and a sales day for event horses, numerous horses found not only new owners but also their way into international equine sport producing impressive results including competing at the Olympic Games.
In addition to my qualifications in the classical riding forms I also have extra qualifications in “therapeutic riding” including many years of experience in riding therapy for handicapped children.
In 2016 I became a FEI Steward for eventing as well as being a qualified show judge for dressage/show Jumping/Eventing.
I offer the organization of training camps based in Germany.
From the travel and all necessary documents to the accomodation, trainers and schooling horses I am taking care of everything. So the riders can concentrate on the main part: riding.
No matter if you are from abroad and would like to spend some time riding and training in Germany or you are german and would like to stay abroad for a defined amount of time, my worldwide contacts will allow you an unfortgettable experience at well known yards and trainers.
Whether you are searching for a talented sport horse for dressage, showjumping or eventing/ cross country or you would like to sell one discretely, I am happy to support you with my worldwide contatcs.
Training and supporting riders and horses on their journey in the sport has always been something I enjoyed. I am offering clinics in corss country, dressage and showjumping all over Germany and worlwide, please get in contact for further details.
I am a national FN judge for dressage, showjumping and eventing and also FEI Steward.
If I can be of any support at your event, I am happy to receive a message from you.