Meredith retires in the individual final in Rio
Saturday, 20. August 2016
Most people already know what happened in the individual final, because it was all over the media on August 19th. Meredith was not able to find the correct distance for jumping over fence number 1. Fibonacci jumped high and tried everything but ended up crashing into the fence. Meredith was able to pervent a fall. However, she just jumped one more fence with Fibonacci and then retired to make sure that Nacho was really okay. But Nacho was fine afterwards – and that´s the most important thing. Meredith described that riding towards the first fence her thoughts were everywhere else but not focused on the fence ahead of her. „This happens even to someone like me, who has ridden under great pressure so often.“
"Of course, for the moment am really disappointed," Meredith said. "But I'm very proud of my beautiful horse and the bronze medal in Rio. We will move on now!“
The gold medal in Rio went to Nick Skelton, the British riding legend, and his horse Big Star, a son of Quick Star. And here Meredith comes into play again because she was Quick Star´s rider back in the 1990s. Silver went to the Swedish rider Peder Fredricson and All-In. At Fredericson´s stables in Sweden Nacho lived when he was a youngster. He had his first international results with Lisen Bratt Fredricson and their employee Stephanie Holmen. The bronze medal in Rio went to Eric Lamaze from Canada and the mare Fine Lady.
Bronze medal for German show jumping team in Rio!
Thursday, 18. August 2016
"It was a roller coaster ride," Meredith had to admit. But everyone was happy in the end: Germany won the bronze medal in team jumping and therefore had overcome a 8 year long period without any Olympic medals (in Beijing and London).
For Meredith, it is the first Olympic medal: "I am very happy today."
But it took several hours of sweat and tears until the relief as Germany once again was really unlucky in the beginning. Christian Ahlmann was the first rider and already had one fence down. The pressure on Meredith was enormous and until the last fence everything looked brilliant. But then they had the last one down. Meredith said it was completely her fault: "He's super jumper, but I rode badly towards this fence.“"
Daniel Deusser also had one fence down so only Ludger Beerbaum was able to secure a jump-off for bronze for the German team riding a clear round. Meredith´s brother-in-law handled the pressure situation and showed an outstanding clear round.
In the jump-off Germany went against Canada. But the first rider for the Northern Americans, Yann Candele, had one fence down while Christian Ahlmann had a very good round without any faults. Ahead of Meredith Canada's Tiffany Foster went clear. However, Meredith showed another perfect round for Germany – and Nacho was even faster than Foster´s horse. After Canadian rider Amy Miller had one fence down, Daniel Deusser was able to secure the German victory and rode another very good clear round. The final two riders of both nations (Ludger Beerbaum and Eric Lamaze) therefore no longer needed to ride the course. Germany got bronze, everyone was just incredibly happy.
The team of France became the new Olympic champions ahead of the US-team with Lucy Davis! So there will be two olympic medaillists to arrive in Thedinghausen! :-D
For Christian Ahlmann, Daniel Deusser and Meredith the show will go on. They will participate in the individual event. And looking at the current form of Nacho and Meredith everything is possible – keep fingers crossed! :-)
Jump-off for Bronze medals:
Interview following the medal ceremony:
ZDF-Olympiastudio, German TV:
Markus and his two medal winners, Meredith and Lucy Davis!
Germany on its way to the medals? – First place in the team-class
Wednesday, 17. August 2016
It couldn´t get any better for the German team at the end of the first day of the team class. Three clear rounds was the result today, which means a shared first place with the United States (with Markus Beerbaum student Lucy Davis, who had a a clear round as well), the Netherlands and perhaps a bit surprising the host team Brazil who were cheered frenetically. With one penalty point France is in 5th place. Also qualified for the finals are Canada (4), Switzerland and Sweden (8). The Olympic champion of 2012, Great Britain, is already out.
Meredith and Fibonacci once again had an impressive clear round and let the course look playful. She felt "very happy", but pointed out, however, that it is still a long way to the medals and it should probably be much more difficult on the second day.
Christian Ahlmann and Daniel Deusser also didn´t have any fence down on the first day. So the three Germans are currently under the 11 riders with no fault. Only Ludger Beerbaum already has to cope with eight faults with Casello.
It will be interesting how it goes on tomorrow ... Keep fingers
crossed for the medals!
Nacho and Taloubet in Rio (c) Anu Harrila
Meredith with a perfect round in the first Olympic qualifier
Monday, 15. August 2016
It couldn´t start any better for Meredith and Nacho at the Rio Olympics. They jumped every fence near to perfection. In the end they could look at a flawless result – even though the situation for Meredith was not the easiest on that Sunday morning. She had almost given up that there could be the chance to ride in Rio. But then she was informed just two hours before the class startet, that she would ride there because of the injury of Marcus Ehning´s horse. "It was an incredibly emotional day today“, Meredith said afterwards.
Besides Meredith Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z as well as Daniel Deusser and FirstClass didn´t have any fence down. Only Ludger Beerbaum and Casello had one fence down. But all qualified easily for the next round in the individual competition, which is also the first round of the team class. The first qualifier was also responsible for the starting order in the team class.
The start was just perfect, fingers stay crossed, and we all hope it will continue like that. On 2016/08/15 show jumping riders and horses can recover a bit, because the dressage riders will ride their final freestyle. On 2016/08/16 the first round of the team class will take place.
Meredith replaces Marcus Ehning in Rio
Sunday, 14. August 2016
Cornado NRW, horse of Marcus Ehning , has suffered a small inury following yesterdays warm-up. " To avoid any risk for the horse, he will not return to the showgrounds in Rio. I'm very sad that we cannot represent our country at these Olympic Gams. But I´ll keep my fingers crossed for my four colleagues", Ehning wrote on his Facebook page. Meredith nomination instead of Ehning was made public just two hours before the first showjumping competition will start. This will be the 1st qualifier for team and individual. It starts at 10 am local time/15 o'clock German time. Fingers are crossed and we all hope the Olympic dream of Meredith will finally come true!
Times for the Olympic Show Jumping:
2016/08/14: 10:00 Rio/15:00 Germany - 1st qualifier team and individual
2016/08/16: 10:00 Rio/15:00 Germany - 2nd qualifier individual and first round team competition
2016/08/17: 10:00 Rio/15:00 Germany - 3rd qualification individual and second round team competition - Team medals
2016/08/19 10:00 Rio/15:00 Germany - Individual finals round 1
2016/08/19: 13:30 Rio/18:30 Germany - Individual finals round 2 - Individual medals
All can be watched in the ARD or ZDF livestreams of the Olympics and the finals will also be on TV
(c) Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
Meredith in Rio
Wednesday, 10. August 2016
Some pictures from Rio
photos (c) Anu Harilla
On the Way to Rio
Monday, 08. August 2016
Meredith will travel to Rio later today. Nacho has already landed in Rio and is in a good mood.
photos (c) Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
Markus 2nd in the Grand Prix in Verden, Meredith placed in Valkenswaard
Monday, 08. August 2016
Just hours before he and Meredith will leave for their journey to Rio de Janeiro, Markus rode brilliantly in the Grand Prix at his „home event“ in Verden. He and nine-year-old Tequila de Lile had two faultless rounds and finished 2nd just behind Andreas Kreuzer and Stalido. The 1st place of Andreas was also supported by Markus because he works as his trainer. Markus also finished 7th in another class with Tequila de Lile.
Markus was also happy with the results of only eight-year-old Charmed. They finished 7th in the „Preis der Frau Madeleine Winter-Schulze“ and 13th in the 2nd qualifier for the Grand Prix.
Eight-year-old Contina finished 7th with Markus in the final of the Youngster Tour. The also were placed 4th and 10th in the qualifiers. Markus and the young mare had not a single fence down in all three classes.
Meanwhile Meredith was at the show in Valkenswaard. At Jan Tops place the next lap of the GCT took place. But Meredith wasn´t as lucky as Markus this weekend. Her best result was the 8th place with Comanche in a 1,50 metres class on Saturday. In the Global Champions Tour class Apsara had an unlucky fault and ended up being 27th.
Fibonacci is already on his big journey to Rio. The German show jumping horses took off in an „Emirates“ cargo plane on Sunday. Kay Neatham, groom of Marcus Ehning, accompanies them. Anu is already waiting for Nacho in Rio. Meredith will leave for the Olympic Games on Monday, August 8th.
photos: Nacho grazing in Aachen just before he left to Rio/Nacho at the airport in Liege
FEI Nations Cup victory in Hickstead
Monday, 01. August 2016
It couldn´t be any better for the German team in the Nations Cup in Hickstead/GB. Coming back to the place where she won her first European Championship title (1999 along with the German team), Meredith was able to delight the crowds with a fantastic double clear riding Fibonacci. Janne-Friederike Meyer riding Goja added another double clear to the team result. Patrick Stühlmeyer and Lacan were clear in the first round and had one fence down in the second round. But this didn´t challenge the triumph of the German team. It was so superior that Ludger Beerbaum, the fourth team member, didn´t even have to ride in both rounds. „Riding Fibonacci was almost like flying over the fences“, Meredith said. Germany was under some pressure at the show, since they still needed points for the finals in Barcelona.
In the Grand Prix Meredith and Fibonacci had one fence down, touching it slightly. The victory went to Billy Twomey from Ireland and Lizziemary.
With her other horses Meredith collected some further sashes in Hickstead. Riding Apsara she took the 10th place in "The Bunn Leisure International Stakes". With Comanche she did even better and finished 6th in the "The Bunn Leisure Salver".
Markus also had many reasons to celebrate this weekend. His US-student Chloe Reid showed a strong performance at the CSIO *** in Samorin, especially in the Nations Cup. Markus´ Slovenian student Gaj Riossa had good performances in the European Junior Championships in Millstreet finishing 17th. But the strongest performance was up to only 14-year-old Piet Menke, who has been trained by Markus for the last 1 ½ years. At the European Championships in Millstreet he won the silver medal with the team and finished 4th individual in the children´s class.
photo: Meredith, Brianne and Janne-Friederike Meyer happy about the Nations Cup victory. (c) Janne-Friederike Meyer
Thursday, 28. July 2016
First of all, I would like to thank many of my fans for their encouraging words,
texts, and emails regarding my reserve nomination for the Olympic games. The
decision was heartbreaking. It has been so nice to hear how many people are
supportive and don’t understand how Fibonacci and I could be left off the team.
It has been this support that has made every day easier for me and has helped
me regain a fighting spirit and move on.
Many fans noticed and commented on how well Fibonacci jumped all year and
asked how he would have faired in Noelle Floyd.com’s analysis of clear rounds
Olympic-nominated horses jumped this season. In case you haven’t seen it,
make sure to have a look: http://www.noellefloyd.com/clear-rounds-rio-showjumping/.
The results are quite interesting.
This year Nacho competed in seventeen 1.60 rounds and kept a clean sheet on
remarkably twelve occasions! That means he cleared 71% of all CSI5* courses
without a fault, putting him among the top horses in Noelle's ranking.
Nacho started this year at the World Cup Qualifier at Deeridge Farm in
Wellington, jumping double clear and finishing second in the World Cup class.
You can watch his jump-off on
Nacho continued the season at WEF in Wellington, where he jumped double clear
and finished 3rd in a $500,000 5*
He returned to Europe where his first show was the CSIO5* event in La Baule.
He was clear in the second round of the nations
cup, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nlfKE2xVJgas and both rounds of the
Grand Prix, claiming anoher 3rd place. Rewatch the jump off
Then Nacho went to the 5* LGCT event in Madrid, where he jumped flawlessly
throughout all three rounds of the Grand Prix. All three rounds can be viewed on
In Aachen, Nacho helped the German team win the prestigious Nations Cup for
the first time since 2008, wowing the crowds with two amazing clear
rounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKKYq3NpNzE. The first round of
the ROLEX Grand Prix, which proved to be the most difficult course of the season
with no clear round, Nacho had one unlucky fence down and was just above the
time allowed. However he returned with a great clear in the second round to
Looking back it's been a fabulous season. I am so lucky and grateful to have
such a wonderful horse and team supporting me. Thank you all!!!
Meredith has an official Instagram account now
Tuesday, 26. July 2016
Meredith has an official Instagram account now.
Just use the following link to find it
Third place with Comanche in Groß Viegeln
Monday, 25. July 2016
This weekend Meredith rode at the „DKB Pferdewochen Rostock“. The show took place at the yard of Holger Wulschner in Groß Viegeln near Rostock. Meredith used the small show to relax a bit following the exhausting week at the CHIO in Aachen. „In Groß Viegeln I had the chance to come down a bit and to forget a little bit what happened last week. So many people came to me and told me that they cannot imagine the Olympics without me.“
Meredith and her horses had very good results. Most remarkable was the third place with Comanche in the Grand Prix. They were not even a second slower in the jump-off than the winner Inga Czwalina.
The day before Meredith finished 7th with the young mare Jackie Brown in the second most important competition of the event. Meredith also brought Daisy to Groß Viegeln and finished 11th in a two-phase-competition of the medium tour. Comanche was 8th in the two-phase-competition of the big tour the same day.
Markus rode in Groß Viegeln as well. Sadly he was a bit unlucky in the Grand Prix with Tequila de Lile. But with Charmed he finished 6th in the two-phase-competition of the medium tour. Markus also brought Quadea, a seven year old Hannoverian mare by Quintender x Graf Grannus and Cassanita H, a six year old Hannoverian mare by Cassini II x Stakkato to Groß Viegeln,and had some good results with the youngsters.
photo (c) CJW Photography
Highly successful at the CHIO
Friday, 22. July 2016
Meredith and her horses jumped fantastic at the CHIO in Aachen this year. Especially her results with her „pegasus“ Fibonacci were amazing. In the Nations Cup they showed two brilliant clear rounds and secured the win for the German team. It was the first time since 2008 Germany was the winner of the country´s only official nations cup. 2008 Meredith was part of the team along with the unforgettable Shutterfly.
Meredith and Fibonacci placed 10th in the Grand Prix of Aachen.
The other horses performed great as well. Comanche placed 6th in the „NetAachen-Preis“. Apsara finished 6th in the „Preis der AachenMünchener“.
Meredith rode three very good clear rounds with Daisy in the „Sparkassen-Youngster-Cup“ having only one fence down in the final jump-off. They finished 11th in the youngster´s final.
Meredith was placed 6th in the „Preis des Bundesministers des Innern“ for the most successful rider at the CHIO, Fibonacci was the fourth most successful horse in Aachen.
photos (c) Carolin Wortmann
Old Heroes: Shutterfly
Thursday, 14. July 2016
For the film series "Old Heroes" the FN has visited Shutterfly in Thedinghausen. He won the World Cup Final in Jumping three times and lives now in a senior citizens residential community with Checkmate.
107 seconds with Meredith
Wednesday, 29. July 2015(Deutsch)
Please watch the interview with Meredith for "Meet the powerful women" on the German website myself.de
(Deutsch) 107 Sekunden mit Meredith
Wednesday, 29. July 2015(Deutsch)
In der Videoreihe "Meet the powerful women" verrät Meredith auf myself.de unter anderem, wie sie Kind und Karriere vereint.
(Deutsch) Zwangspause für Meredith
Wednesday, 03. June 2015(Deutsch)
Meredith hat sich am gestrigen Dienstag beim einem Sturz im Training das rechte Schlüsselbein gebrochen. Noch am selben Abend wurde sie erfolgreich operiert.
Meredith geht es gut, sie befindet sich bereits auf dem Weg der Besserung.
Die für die kommenden Wochen geplanten Turniere in Südfrankreich wird Meredith zwar nicht reiten können, sie wird jedoch so schnell wie möglich wieder ins Training einsteigen.
Ariat launched new website
Tuesday, 21. April 2015
Ariat has launched a new website. Please check out www.ariat.com to get informed about their news and products.
3rd place for Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Fibonacci in Wellington/Florida
Friday, 23. January 2015
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her ten year old gray gelding fibonacci have finished the Ruby et Violette jumping WEF Challenge Series with a good 3rd place after the the jump off yesterday.
This was a great entry into the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington / Florida 2015.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, 24. December 2014
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
May the New Year bring you and your loved ones joy and happiness!
Friday, 14. November 2014
I would like to welcome Comanche (call him Chief) an eight year old grey gelding from Coupe de Coeur x Baloubet du Rouet to my stable.
I am glad to have him here with my Team of Fibonacci, Atlanta and Tequila.
Many thanks to the Clark family and Artemis Farm. I look forward to riding him in the next season in Florida.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her German Team colleagues won the FEI Nations Cup in Falsterbo/Sweden last weekend
Tuesday, 15. July 2014
Team Germany with Katrin Eckermann, Patrick Stühlmeyer, Andre Thieme and Meredith Michaels Beerbaum won the Nations Cup after a competition with many twists and turns. Finally only one single penalty seperated the German Team from the host Nation Sweden and two penatlies from the US-Team.
The event in Falsterbo was Meredith‘ first Nations Cup competition riding her young gray gelding Fibonacci.
Two new horses for Meredith
Wednesday, 30. April 2014
Two horses have moved their new boxes in the stable of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum this week.
First, the 9-year-old Swedish gelding Fibonacci (For Feeling x Corland), which is already successfully up to a height of 1.45 m. Meredith hopes that she prepare him for the big tournaments.
Secondly, a 7-year-old French mare with the name Tequila de Lile (Lucciano HN x Etna Paluelle). She was very successful in the youngster tours.
Meredith is very excited about Tequilas jumping technique and ability.
Both horses are owned by Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC.
MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM and ROECKL SPORTS extended their cooperation
Wednesday, 09. April 2014
Germany's most successful show jumper Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and glove specialist Roeckl Sports continue their successful cooperation. Meredith has been riding with the gloves by Roeckls Sports since 2000. Her knowledge and experience obviously are useful input for ROECKL SPORTS in the process of developing and testing models, material and cuts of their gloves. Highlight: Meredith’s own model in the collection.
The video from Mercedes-Benz Special Edition Series is nominated for Webvideoprice 2014!
Monday, 31. March 2014
New Mercedes-Benz jump for Aachen
Monday, 03. March 2014
Dear Fans, this year my partner Mercedes-Benz celebrates 60 years sponsoring at the CHIO Aachen. On this occasion there will be a new Mercedes jump that you can design. I will be member of the jury along with the course designer Frank Rothenberger . You can win a VIP-Weekend at the CHIO including course guide by Frank Rothenberger and a meet and greet with me. I’m so excited to examine your designs. Have fun, good luck and many greetings from Florida Meredith (Tender in St. Georg, March 2014)
Bella Donna sold
Saturday, 11. January 2014
Hereby I’d like to announce that Bella Donna was sold to Qatar and from now on will be trained by Markus Fuchs and Karl Schneider. Bella and I had a great time. Especially her performances in Aachen and at the Olympics will be gratefully remembered. I’m convinced that we will hear about this talented mare in the future. Markus and I – and of course our whole team – send our best wishes to Bella and her new owners. Meredith
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Mercedes-Benz extended their cooperation
Thursday, 19. December 2013
The partnership between the successful show jumper Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Mercedes-Benz will go on in 2014. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is active as a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz since 2009.
(Deutsch) Interview in der Abendzeitung München
Wednesday, 06. November 2013(Deutsch)
Dieses Interview ist letzte Woche erschienen und ist von Joscha Thieringer für die Abendzeitung.
Thursday, 24. October 2013
my new tournament schedule is now complete. I hope that one of you can be there. More informations under the heading schedule.
All the best,
Info about European Championship
Friday, 16. August 2013
as you may know, I hurt myself in Dublin last Sunday. Although I’m getting better from day to day, I won’t ride the European Championships next week because that would still be too early.
But of course I’ll keep my fingers crossed for my team!
Thursday, 15. August 2013
A warm welcome to my English-speaking fans.
Finally, I’m very happy to present you my new website in my birth language.
Germany win Nations Cup at Hickstead
Thursday, 08. August 2013
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Bella Donna), Ludger Beerbaum (Chiara), Markus Ehning (Plot Blue) and Hans-Dieter Dreher (Magnus Romeo) dominated a field of eight teams. After three ensured strong performances the last rider did not need to complete the second round. They win the Nations Cup!
(Deutsch) Meredith gewinnt mit Malou in Münster
Monday, 22. July 2013(Deutsch)
Am vergangen Wochenende konnte Meredith mit ihrer 9-jähringen Stute Malou die Qualifikation zur DKB-Riderstour Prüfung am Sonntag gewinnen. In einem fulminanten Stechen setzten sie sich gegen Robert Whitaker und Gert-Jan Bruggink durch.
Den Großen Preis am Sonntag bestritt sie dann mit dem KWPN Wallach Unbelievable und platzierte sich, nach einem spannenden Stechen, auf Platz 2.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum und Malou
(Deutsch) Meredith wird Laureus Botschafterin
Friday, 28. June 2013(Deutsch)
„Es ist eine große Ehre für mich, zu dem Kreis der vielen herausragenden Persönlichkeiten zu gehören, die Laureus unterstützen.“
Im Rahmen des CHIO Aachen hieß Simone Moll, Geschäftsführerin der Laureus Sport for Good Stiftung Deutschland/Österreich, Meredith in der Laureus Familie willkommen.
„Der CHIO in Aachen gehörte für mich schon immer zu den herausragenden Events“, so Meredith. „Deshalb freue ich mich ganz besonders, dass ich hier nicht nur meinen neuen Premiumpartner „Deutsche Biofonds AG“ präsentieren kann, sondern dass mir darüber hinaus noch die Ehre zuteilwird, zur Laureus Botschafterin ernannt zu werden.“
Die Beweggründe, dass sich die weltweit erfolgreiche Springreiterin und Mutter einer dreijährigen Tochter für Laureus stark macht, liegen auf der Hand: „Gemeinsam mit der Laureus Stiftung möchte ich Kindern den Zugang zu Pferden ermöglichen. Denn es sind die Kleinsten unter uns, die unsere ganze Liebe und Fürsorge brauchen. Pferde sind hervorragende Partner, um Kindern Wärme, Mut und Lebensfreude zu vermitteln und ihnen über körperliche und seelische Schmerzen hinwegzuhelfen. Deshalb ist es mir ein großes Anliegen, gemeinsam mit der Laureus Stiftung sowohl direkte Hilfe zu leisten als auch diese besondere Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Pferd einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zu vermitteln.“
Ihr neuer Partner, die Deutsche Biofonds AG, wird die Charity-Projekte von Meredith ebenfalls unterstützen.
CHIO Aachen: Premiere mit Deutsche Biofonds
Thursday, 27. June 2013(Deutsch)
Beim CHIO in Aachen startet Meredith mit dem Logo ihres neuen Premiumpartners Deutsche Biofonds AG. Rechtzeitig zum Beginn des international renommierten Reitturniers konnte das Management der weltweit erfolgreichen Springreiterin, die Meet Success AG aus München, die Kooperation mit dem international agierenden Anbieter im Bereich Financial Services besiegeln.
Die Deutsche Biofonds AG, bekannt als Anbieter innovativer Finanzierungslösungen vor allem im Bereich Erneuerbare Energien, schafft über die Partnerschaft mit Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum einen exponierten Auftritt im Reitsport: Ab sofort wird das Firmenlogo sowohl auf der Reitbekleidung der Amazone als auch an der Schabracke ihrer Pferde zu sehen sein.
„Die Kooperation mit einer so erfolgreichen und international bekannten Sportlerin wie Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum ist für uns ein perfekter Einstieg in den Reitsport“, so Thomas Lambrecht, Managing Director des Unternehmens. „Ihre überzeugende Persönlichkeit und ihre Professionalität auf der einen und ihr einzigartiges Gespür für Pferde auf der anderen Seite harmonieren perfekt mit unserem Verständnis von Erfolgsorientierung und Nachhaltigkeit.“
Auch Meredith ist begeistert von ihrem neuen Premiumpartner: „Es ist schön, dieses attraktive und erfolgreiche Unternehmen für den Reitsport begeistern zu können. Ich freue mich sehr auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Deutsche Biofonds und auf die kommenden gemeinsamen Aktionen.“
(Deutsch) Getestet: Kiddy "Riders Club" Sitze
Monday, 27. May 2013(Deutsch)
Die Kiddy "Riders Club" Kollektion by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum wurde von drei kleinen Mitfahrern und ihren Eltern ausgiebig gestet. Hier ein toller Bericht des Reiterjournals.
(Deutsch) Auftaktspringen beim World Cup Finale in Göteborg
Wednesday, 24. April 2013(Deutsch)
"Joey ist in bestform!"
Meredith gewinnt mit ihrem Checkmate das Rolex FEI World Cup Warm Up in Göteborg!
(Deutsch) Saut Hermès Paris 2013
Wednesday, 17. April 2013(Deutsch)
Meredith und Bella Donna beenden den Grand Prix in Paris mit zwei fehlerfreien Runden und einem 4. Platz.
Im Teamwettbewerb der Fünf-Sterne-Tour sicherten sich Meredith mit Unbelievable und Pius Schwizer mit Powerplay Platz zwei.
Thursday, 11. April 2013
My new website is online!
You can find a lot of facts and figures about my horses and me. In addition to Facebook, we will also provide you regularly with news and pictures. The English version will be available soon.
I hope you like the page.
(Deutsch) Equitana 2013
Wednesday, 03. April 2013(Deutsch)
Equitana Essen - Nachdem Meredith aus den USA zurück gekehrt ist, war sie zu Gast auf der Equitana. Mit einem Springtraining für zwei Junge Reiter gemeinsam mit Ehemann Markus, als Jurymitgleid für einen Pony-Frisierwettbewerb und einer Autogrammstunde hatte sie gut zu tun.
(Deutsch) Thermal 2013
Wednesday, 03. April 2013(Deutsch)
Thermal (USA) - Meredith gewinnt mit „Bella Donna“ den $ 1 Million Grand Prix.
Ebenfalls konnte sie mit ihrer erst 9-jähringen Stute „Malou“ zwei Grand Prix Springen für sich entscheiden.
Damit geht eine erfolgreiche Tour in Kalifornien zu Ende, und sie legte den Grundstein für einen guten Start
in die Grüne Saison.
Everyone knows Los Angeles, at least by name. But if you tell people you live in Thedinghausen, you are likely to get some puzzled looks. Nevertheless Meredith Michaels, who was born and grew up in the bustling city of Los Angeles, discovered her love for the village of Thedinghausen near Bremen when she married Markus Beerbaum and became Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Meredith has been living there since 1997 and feels the country life on a farm with horses suits her very well.
As a child Meredith briefly got to know the glittering world of Hollywood. Her father was a TV director and her mother tried out a career as an actress. But Meredith never wanted to follow either career path. She had a lot of success as a junior rider in America, but she always imagined herself in the White House. So after graduating high school, she went on to study politics at Princeton University.
As a student Meredith remained passionate about horses. She did not know that riding would be her life and profession, but she loved her horses and realized if she wants to be successful she would have to go to Europe to learn. So in 1991, Meredith, at the age of 21, took a break from her studies and went to Paul Schockemöhle's stable in Mühlen, Germany. At that time Schockemöhle was a key player in international show-jumping.
Meredith had planned to stay with Schockemöhle for the summer. But this one summer turned into three years at Schockemöhle’s and a lifetime in Germany. During her stay she met her colleague Markus Beerbaum at a show in Munich and fell in love.
Meredith moved from Mühlen to Dirk Hafemeister's stable in Schwagstorf near Osnabrück, where Markus was working. But that was only a temporary stop. Meredith and Markus wanted to set up their own stable and took over the stable in Balve that belonged to the President of the German Equestrian Federation. There, in the hills of North-Rhine Westphalia, they built the foundation for their future life and career.
That area of Germany was certainly beautiful, but rather inconvenient for traveling to the major equestrian venues. So Meredith and Markus didn't hesitate when, following the death of World Champion Gerd Wiltfang, his stable in Thedinghausen came on the market. They married, Meredith took on German nationality, and they created their own small paradise, where they now live with their daughter Brianne (born February 27, 2010).
In the show-jumping world of today the Michaels-Beerbaum stable is synonymous with success and the respectful handling of horses. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was the first woman (and only one to date) to head the world rankings in show jumping. She was number one in the world for twenty-four months. She was also the first woman in history to represent Germany in a Championship event. Meredith’s break-throughs in the sport have opened the doors for women around the world.
With the birth of her daughter Brianne Victoria a new world opened up for Meredith. Meredith is not only a renowned show jumper but also a loving mother.
Olympic Bronze-medal winner
Three time winner of the World Cup Final
Winner of the Prize of Europe at Aachen 2011
three times „Rider of the Year”
bronze medal (team) Rio de Janeiro 2016 (Fibonacci)
Top 30 London 2012 (Bella Donna)
fourth place (individual) Hongkong/Beijing 2008 (Shutterfly)
gold medal (team) Kentucky 2010 (Checkmate)
bronze medal (individual) Aachen 2006 (Shutterfly)
bronze medal (team) Aachen 2006 (Shutterfly)
silver medal (team) Aachen 2015, 8th place individual (Fibonacci)
bronze medal (team) Windsor 2009, 9th place individual (Checkmate)
gold medal (individual) Mannheim 2007 (Shutterfly)
silver medal (team) Mannheim 2007 (Shutterfly)
gold medal (team) San Patrignano 2005, 9th place individual (Checkmate)
gold medal (team) Hickstead 1999, 9th place individual (Stella)
World Cup Finals:
three time winner of the World Cup Final (Las Vegas 2005, Gothenburg 2008, Las Vegas 2009) (Shutterfly)
silver medal Verona 2004 (Shutterfly)
fifth place Kuala Lumpur 2006 (Checkmate)
sixth place Göteborg 1999 (Stella)
gold medal 2010 (men) (Checkmate)
silver medal 2010 (women) (Le Mans)
gold medal 2008 (men) (Checkmate) first woman to win the titel
bronze medal 2004 (men) (Shutterfly)
silver medal 2002 (women) (Stella)
gold medal 2001 (women) (Shutterfly)
gold medal 1999 (women) (Just do it)
bronze medal 1998 (men) (Stella)
further wins and results:
Winner Nations Cup Aachen (Fibonacci)
Winner Nations Cup Hickstead (Fibonacci)
Winner and second place Wellington (Unbelievable)
second place World Cup Wellington (Fibonacci)
second place Grand Prix Wellington (Comanche)
third place Grand Prix La Baule (Fibonacci)
third place Grand Prix Wellington (Fibonacci)
fourth place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Antwerpen (Unbelievable)
fourth place Winning round Redefin (Comanche)
sixth place Grand Prix Madrid (Fibonacci)
Winner Grand Prix Wellington (Fibonacci)
Winner in Spangenberg (Apsara)
second place World Cup Wellington (Fibonacci)
second place Grand Prix Doha (Fibonacci)
second place Grand Prix Stockholm (Apsara)
third place Salzburg (Unbelievable)
fourth place Grand Prix Hagen (Comanche)
fifth place Grand Prix Wellington (Comanche)
fifth place Grand Prix Falsterbo (Fibonacci)
couble clear Nations Cup Hickstead (Fibonacci)
Winner Nations Cup Falsterbo (Fibonacci)
second place Grand Prix Miami (Atlanta)
fourth place Preis von Europa (Fibonacci)
fourth place Grand Prix Münster (Atlanta)
fourth place World Cup Oslo (Fibonacci)
fifth place Grand Prix Mannheim (Atlanta)
fifth place Grand Prix Villach (Atlanta)
Winner Grand Prix Thermal, California (Bella Donna)
Winner Nations Cup Hickstead (Bella Donna)
Winner Gothenburg (1,40 metres) (Checkmate)
second place Grand Prix Münster (Unbelievable)
third place Nations Cup Aachen (Bella Donna)
third place Grand Prix Salzburg (Bella Donna)
fourth place Grand Prix Saut Hermes Paris (Bella Donna)
fourth place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Cannes (Bella Donna)
fifth place World Cup Zürich (Bella Donna)
Winner Nations Cup Wellington (Checkmate)
second place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Wiesbaden (Bella Donna)
second place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Wien (Bella Donna)
third place Grand Prix Aachen (Bella Donna)
fifth place World Cup Verona (Bella Donna)
Winner Preis von Europa CHIO Aachen (Shutterfly, nach dem Winner verabschiedet)
Winner Grand Prix Balve (Bella Donna)
third place Grand Prix Paris (Checkmate)
third place Grand Prix Wien (Checkmate)
third place Grand Prix Doha (Shutterfly)
fourth place Grand Prix Hagen (Shutterfly)
fourth place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Estoril (Shutterfly)
fourth place Grand Prix Münster (Kismet)
fifth place World Cup Zürich (Shutterfly)
Winner German Masters Stuttgart (Shutterfly)
Winner Qualification German Masters (Checkmate)
Winner Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Estoril (Checkmate)
Winner Grand Prix Lyon (Checkmate)
Winner Grand Prix Hagen (Checkmate)
Winner Mannheim (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Verden (Kismet)
second place Grand Prix Verona (Shuttefly)
second place Grand Prix Pforzheim (Checkmate)
third place Stawag-Preis Aachen (Checkmate)
third place Preis der Aachen-Münchener Aachen (Checkmate)
fourth place Grand Prix CHIO Aachen (Shutterfly)
fourth place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Monte Carlo (Shutterfly)
fourth place World Cup Geneva (Shutterfly)
Winner Championat Hamburg (Checkmate)
second place Grand Prix Wiesbaden (Checkmate)
second place Nations Cup Aachen (Checkmate)
second place Grand Prix Verden (Checkmate)
second place Grand Prix Valkenswaard (Shutterfly)
second place Finale Global Champions Tour Sao Paulo (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Arezzo (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Estoril (Checkmate)
Winner Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Cannes (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Wiesbaden (Checkmate)
Winner Nations Cup Rotterdam (Checkmate)
Winner Nations Cup CHIO in Aachen (Shutterfly)
Winner Team Trophy Euroclassics Bremen (Le Mans)
Winner Stuttgart German Masters and Grand Prix Stuttgart (Shutterfly)
Winner Stawag Preis CHIO Aachen (Checkmate)
fifth place Grand Prix Aachen (Shutterfly)
third place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Hamburg (Checkmate)
second place World Cup s'Hertogenbosch (Checkmate)
third place Grand Prix Donaueschingen (Le Mans)
second place Grand Prix der Bundesrepublik Dortmund (Checkmate)
fourth place World Cup Bordeaux (Le Mans)
Rider of the Year 2007
Winner 2nd round World Cup final Las Vegas (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Arezzo (Shutterfly)
Winner Nations Cup CHIO Aachen (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Lyon (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Munich (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Munich (Pferd International) (Le Mans)
Winner Grand Prix Stuttgart (Shutterfly)
Winner Gothenburg Trophy (Checkmate)
Winner Mercedes Masters Zürich (Shutterfly)
second place Masters League Final Frankfurt (Checkmate)
second place World Cup Geneva (Shutterfly)
second place Grand Prix Hannover (Checkmate)
second place Grand Prix Wiesbaden (Checkmate)
third place Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Athen (Shutterfly)
third place Preis von Europa Aachen (Le Mans)
Winner Top-Ten final Geneva (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Munich (Shutterfly)
Winner World Cup Stuttgart (Shutterfly)
Winnerern Grand Prix Geesteren (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Hachenburg (Shutterfly)
Winner Nations Cup Luzern (Shutterfly)
Winner Nations Cup Aachen (Shutterfly)
Winner World Cup Gothenburg (Checkmate)
Winner World Cup s’Hertogenbosch (Checkemate)
Rider of the Year 2005
Winner Grand Prix CHIO Aachen (Shutterfly)
Winner Stawag Preis CHIO Aachen (Checkmate)
Winner Grand Prix Münster (Checkmate)
Winner Grand Prix Wiesbaden (Checkmate)
Winner World Cup s’Hertogenbosch (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Neumünster (Checkmate)
first woman to be No. 1 in the world
Rider of the Year 2004
Winner Top-Ten-Final Geneva (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Münster (Checkmate)
Winner Nations Cup Calgary (Shutterfly)
Winner Nations Cup CHIO Aachen (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Luzern (Shutterfly)
Winner World Cup Amsterdam (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix London Olympia (Shutterfly)
Winner Championat Frankfurt (Just do it)
Winner World Cup Wellington (Shutterfly)
Winner Championat Munich (Shutterfly)
Winner World Cup Berlin (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Oslo (Stella)
Winner Euroclassics Bremen (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Hickstead (Shutterfly)
Winner Grand Prix Palm Beach (Shutterfly)
Winner Ladies German Masters Stuttgart (Donnerlitchen)
third place Riders Tour
Winner Nations Cup Modena (Stella)
fifth place CHIO Aachen (Concetto)
1. Platz Grand Prix Meppen (Concetto)
Winner Grand Prix Münster (Stella)
Winner Nations Cup final Rom (Stella)
first woman to ride for the German team at a championship (Stella)
Winner Nations Cup Calgary (Stella)
Winner Nations Cup Hickstead (Stella)
second place Nations Cup CHIO Aachen (Stella)
sixth place World Cup final Gothenburg (Stella)
Winner Nations Cup Calgary (1998) (Stella)
Winnerern Grand Prix Spangenberg (1998) (Just do it)
Winner Grand Prix Mannheim (1997) (Stella)
Winner Grand Prix Neumünster (1997) (Just do it)
Winner Grand Prix Wien (1996) (Just do it)
Winner Grand Prix Munich Pferd International (1994) (Quick Star)
Winner Grand Prix Maastricht (1992) (Quick Star)
First Grand Prix victory, Palm Beach (1989) (Quick Star)
"Markus is the best decision I ever made."
Markus is Meredith's husband and loving father to Brianne.
He supports Meredith in everything she does. And, by her standards, Markus is the best trainer in the world. Time and again he manages to take the pressure off her and gives her full support. It was thanks to Markus that Meredith became number one in the world.
Meredith and Markus met at a show in Munich. There was instant chemistry and the equestrian dream couple teamed up. Meredith and Markus complement each other perfectly - both privately and professionally. Meredith and Markus married in 1998 and their daughter Brianne Victoria was born in 2010.
Anu is from Finland and has been Meredith's head groom for 15 years. “I cannot imagine a show without Anu“, Meredith says. “I know Anu and depend on her like my right hand. She has lived through all the highs and lows.” Anu also feels at home with Meredith and Markus. She says, “It’s astounding, how time goes by. When I started to work for Meredith, Shutterfly was six years old. And Stella was ten. Meanwhile, Stella has had four foals and Shutterfly is retired. Both horses live happily at the farm.”
Like Anu, Nina was born in Finland. In the beginning she was a groom for Markus. Because she loves children, Nina was happy to become the nanny for Brianne when she was born. Nina looked after Brianne at all the shows. Now Nina is primarily back in the stable. But she is still one of Brianne’s best friends. Both, Anu and Nina, are part of the family in Thedinghausen.
Birga's duties can be described in just a few words: If you have a question, just ask Birga. Basically, in Thedinghausen nothing works without Birga. She manages the stable, looks after the house, does the shopping for Meredith, even meets visitors at the airport. “Without Birga everything would break down”, Meredith laughs. Birga too is part of the winning team in Thedinghausen.
Karsten is the "logistics manager" for Meredith and Markus. He is very important for the Michaels-Beerbaum stable. He is responsible for making hay; he looks after all the cars and lorries; he drives the horses to the shows and organizes long trips for Meredith and Markus. Karsten also takes care of the indoor and outdoor ground. Karsten makes sure that the Beerbaum stable is always in top condition and is an essential team player.
Lisa is an incredibly valuable member of the Beerbaum team. She is the one who looks after Brianne when both parents are working. She is trustworthy and patient. She is creative and fun and keeps Brianne enlightened and entertained. Without Lisa, Meredith and Markus would not be able to give their riding and training the 100% concentration that it requires.
Jan Henning has basically grown up on the farm in Thedinghausen. He started as a young boy helping Karsten drive the big tractors. He now does various jobs around the farm and drives the horses to far away shows. He belongs in the family.
Markus Witte & Sönke Hess
Markus and Sönke make sure that Meredith’s and Markus’s horses get to all the shows safely. They are part of the team effort.
FibonacciZur Galerie >>
Date of Birth: 29.05.2005
Height: ca. 1,67m
Swedish Warmblood gelding by For Feeling x Corland
Owners: Artemis Equestrian Farms (Jim und Kristy Clark)
Breeder: Tina Petersson-Lind
The gray gelding Fibonacci, stable name "Nacho" (given to him by Meredith´ daughter Brianne), was born in southern Sweden at the stables of show jumper and breeder Tina Petersson Lind. At first he got the name "Fendi" there. Fibonacci's father For Feeling, son of the famous For Pleasure, was once the winner of his stallion performance test and won the „Hannoveraner Springpferdechampionat“. At first, the young gelding was a rather difficult horse. At the stable of Peder and Lisen Bratt Fredricson he got in touch with show jumping for the very first time. Fredericson rode the gelding herself in some Youngster tests. After that he was successfully presented by the young Stephanie Holmen, employee of Fredricson. Fibonacci alias Fendi had a number of successes to a height of 1.45 m with Holmen. Among others, they were 3rd at the "CSI5* Rolex Top Ten Final IJRC " in Stockholm in 2013 and were successful in the young riders classes at Saut Hermes in Paris at the beginning of 2014.
In May 2014 the grey gelding moved to Meredith´stables in Thedinghausen. Jim and Kristy Clark of Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC had bought him when they were searching for promising horses for the future. He was renamed Fibonacci.
Fibonacci quickly proved to be one of the best horses Meredith had ever ridden. Meredith and the horse were together for little more than two months when they went to the CHIO in Aachen. He completed all courses without any fences down. Most impressive were his performance in the Price of Europe, where he finished in fourth place, and the faultless round in the first course of the Grand Prix of Aachen.
Only a short time before he ha his Nations Cup debut and made with just one time fault in the Nations Cup in Falsterbo in Sweden. This was followed by very good performances in several World Cup classes before Meredith took her snow-white horse with the eye-catching dark-rimmed eyes to Florida for the Wellington Equetrian Festival for the very first time. Fibonacci won his first Grand Prix in impressive fashion there and also finished second in the World Cup.
Back in Europe Fibonacci had strong performances in several Nations Cups and Grand Prix (like Mannheim and Hickstead), so the national coach Otto Becker nominated him for the European Championships in 2015 in Aachen. They had a perfect time there, brought home the team silver medal and were able to finish the individual on a great 8th place in the final.
During the second winter in Florida Fibonacci was able to go several perfect rounds and returned stronger than ever. Back home he contributed significantly to the Nations Cup victories in Aachen and Hickstead with his double clear rounds.
Initially named only as a reserve for the Olympic Games in Rio, the gelding became a full-fledged team member after Marcus Ehning's horse was announced to be slightly injured two hours before the start of the first class. In Rio Nacho won the first Olympic medal for Meredith, team bronze.
Meredith on Fibonacci: "He really has all the options you could wish for and he can jump every course in the world. He´s particularly impressing to me because of his mind. He is always fully with me, every day in a good mood and wants to do his job always really good. He is an incredibly dear horse, which is probably why my daughter loves him so much. But I always say that he is a mixture of sweet and sensitive. In the warm-up-area he can be nervous and a little feared of the other horses and people. It is my job to give him trust there. Going to the showground he is fully focused on his task that he wants to do it perfectly. He can jump anything a course designer can want. I think he can jump any course in the world without error. "
Fibonacci became next to his success famous for his snow-white color and his outstanding jumping technique: He is like a Pegasus and it looks like he would literally fly over the fences.
2014 – 1st place Nations Cup Falsterbo
2014 – 4th place Preis von Europa Aachen
2014 – 4th place World Cup Oslo
2015 – 2nd place World Cup Wellington
2015 – 1st place Grand Prix Wellington
2015 – 5th place Grand Prix Falsterbo
2015 – 5th place Nations Cup Hickstead (double clear)
2015 – Silver medal for Germany European Championships Aachen
2015 – 8th place individual European Championships Aachen
2015 – 2nd place Grand Prix Doha
2016 – 2nd place World Cup Wellington
2016 – 3rd place Grand Prix Wellington
2016 – 3rd place Grand Prix La Baule
2016 – 6th place Grand Prix Madrid
2016 – 1st place Nations Cup Aachen
2016 – 1st place Nations Cup Hickstead
2016 - Bronze medal Team Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro
Date of birth: 30.04.2006
Height: ca. 1.66 metres
Holsteiner mare by Ephebe Forever x Calido
Owners: Artemis Equestrian Farms (Jim und Kristy Clark)
Breeder: Susanne von Dörnberg
In spring 2006, the dark bay mare was born at Susanne von Dornberg´s place, the stud Dorotheenthal (in Schleswig-Holstein, near the Baltic Sea). The stud is well known for his Holsteiner breeding. Apsara´s father is the Selle Français Ephebe Forever, a son of the famous Galoubet. Galoubet was also the father of Rodrigo Pessoa´s Baloubet du Rouet, Christian Ahlmann´s Taloubet Z and a very well-known horse for all MMB fans: Quick Star, her first Grand Prix horse. Ephebe Forever competed 4-star level international events under the French rider Christian Hermon in the 2000s. By now Apsara is the most profitable horse among his offspring.
When Apsara went to her very first jumping courses she was called Whisper II. During this time, she paused for a year and became a mother. From 2013 she went to young horses events and was ridden by Jens Baackmann. With him she had her international start in 2014 at the Mediterranean Tour in Oliva Nova in Spain.
A little later, Andreas Knippling became the rider of the young mare, which was now called "Entre Nous". A French name because of her French father. She became better and better and after several Youngster events Knippling went on to ride her at S *** -events. They reached the third place in the Grand Prix of Wiener Neustadt in 2014.
At the end of 2014 Meredith´s sponsors bought Apsara, as she was called from now on (Apsaras are a some kind of nymphs in Buddhist mythology). Andreas Knippling had a broken bone and must take a long rest, so he decided to sell Apsara.
With Meredith the mare jumped very good from the beginning of their partnership. She now is successful at 4-star level, e.g.at Global Champions Tour events and comparable show jumping events. Apsara, whose nickname is "Twiggy" at the stables, now competes with Comanche about the status of the "number 2" in MMB´s stables.
Meredith about Apsara: "She is a beautiful mare, quite the thoroughbred type. She came into the sport rather late because she had at least one foal before. She's very, very quick and careful. She always really wants to go forward and that suits perfectly for me.“
2014 – 3rd place Grand Prix Wiener Neustadt (rider: Andreas Knippling)
2015 – 7th place Winning Round Nörten-Hardenberg
2015 – 2nd place CSI** Verden
2015 – Winner Finale der Mittleren Tour Spangenberg
2015 – 2nd place Grand Prix Stockholm
2016 – 6th place Preis der Aachen Münchener CHIO Aachen
Date of Birth: 28.08.2006
Oldenburger gelding by Coupe de Coeur x Baloubet du Rouet
Owners: Artemis Equestrian Farms (aka Jim and Kristy Clark)
Breeders: Lewitz Stud
Comanche, or "Chief" like he´s called at home, was born in 2006 at the Lewitz Stud of Paul Schockemöhle. His father, Coupe de Coeur, was a highly successful German show jumping horse. With René Tebbel he got the title at the German championships in the years 2006 and 2007. From 2008 on the the imposing grey stallion was ridden by Ludger Beerbaum and achieved numerous successes in World Cup and Global Champions Tour. Comanche is now the most successful descendant of Coupe de Coeur at the moment (2016).
Comanches mother Pialou is the daughter of an even more successful top showjumper: Baloubet de Rouet, the legendary Olympic champion in 2004 with Rodrigo Pessoa.
Nowadays Comanche excites the crowds with his eye-catching manner when he jumps.
Until 2014 the Brazilian Eduardo Menezes and later the Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson were responsible for the training of the young horse at the Belgian Ashford Farm. In December 2014 Meredith got to ride the gelding. He was one of a number of young horses which the Clark family bought for Meredith, so she could plan her future in equestrianism with them. Comanche went to the Florida tour with Meredith in early 2015 where Meredith first rode him at tournaments. He became fifth in one in a Grand Prix there. Since then, Meredith rode Comanche successfully at World Cup and GCT shows and was pretty successful there.
Markus also borrowed Chief sometimes. In 2016 he rode him at the Grand Prix in Bremen at Hergen Forkert´s place and became 3rd.
Meredith about Chief: "Comanche has all of Fibonacci´s abilities and is outstanding in his talent."
2015 – 5th place Grand Prix Wellington
2015 – 4th place Grand Prix Hagen
2015 – 4th place CSIO 5* Mannheim
2015 – 5th place CSI 4* Stockholm
2015 – 2nd place CSI 4* Salzburg
2016 – 2nd place Grand Prix Wellington
2016 – 4th place Winning Round Redefin
2016 – 3rd place Grand Prix Groß Viegeln
Tequila de LileZur Galerie >>
Chestnut Mare, Selle Francais
Sire: Lucciano HN
Damsire: Etna Paluelle
Height: ~ 16.3 hands
Owner: Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC (Jim and Kristy Clark)
Breeder: Remi Colmont
The young chestmut mare came to Thedinghausen from Ashford Farm in Belgium. Earlier this year, Tequila competed in the youngster tour in Oliva, Spain, with the Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson. There she demonstrated her enormous potential and jumped numerous clear rounds.
Meredith thinks the mare is an outstanding talent and will be ready for Grand Prix competitions in the future. She is excited about developing the mare in the youngster tour this year until she is ready to compete at the top level.
AtlantaZur Galerie >>
Chestnut Mare, KWPN
Sire: For For Pleasure
Damsire: Libero H
Height: ~ 16,3 hands
Owner: Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC (Jim and Kristy Clark)
CantanoZur Galerie >>
Born: May 14, 2000
Bay Holsteiner stallion
Dam: Loretta (by Acord)
Breeder: Lothar Völz
Owner: Octavia Farms
Cantano is still quite a recent addition to Meredith's stable. The bay Holsteiner stallion has been at Thedinghausen since the fall of 2011. As a five-year-old he was sold from Germany to California and won many Grand Prix events with Susan Hutchison in Meredith's former home country.
Meredith is delighted that she can ride Cantano: "He is a fast horse. Cantano is very competitive and that suits me really well. Cantano likes to win and I like to win. That makes us very compatible. And we have had some very nice wins together."
In spring 2012, Meredith took Cantano to Florida and won two demanding 1.50 m classes-- one with the only clear round. Cantano won another 1.50 in St. Gallen 2012, and was 2nd in the Grand Prix of Spangenberg 2012. Cantano also won a Grand Prix in Thermal, California 2013.
ShutterflyZur Galerie >>
Born: January 14, 1993
Dark bay Hanoverian gelding
Sire: Silvio I (by Sandro)
Dam: Famm (by Forrest xx)
Height: ~ 16.1
Owner: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Octavia Farms LLC (Nancy Clark)
Breeder: Uwe Dreesmann
When he was born, Shutterfly had such a messy, tousled mane that his breeder named him "Struwwelpeter" after the German cartoon character who resembled Edward Scissorhands. But it didn’t take long for him to mature into an elegant six year old gelding who caught Meredith's attention at a show in Rastede in 1999. When Meredith originally asked his owner and breeder Uwe Dreesmann if he was for sale, Dreesmann was negative. However, about six months later, Dreesmann got in touch with Meredith and shortly thereafter Struwwelpeter came to Thedinghausen. Nancy Clark purchased Struwwelpeter and he was renamed Shutterfly, because his name was so difficult for Americans to pronounce. He was called Petey as a nickname.
Meredith recalls that Shutterfly was extremely sensitive and nervous. "He only became great when he entered the ring. There he knew he had ability and he became confident. Over many years, he gradually learned to trust the people around him, including the grooms in the stable. He was always delicate, but became easier to handle once he trusted you."
At the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen Shutterfly's sensitivity was obvious to everyone. Meredith and Shutterfly had reached the Final Four of the show-jumping event, where the riders switch horses. A change of riders meant a change of saddles and that meant stress for Shutterfly. With every change, Shutterfly became increasingly upset and difficult to saddle. Although he was panicked and was dripping with sweat, he still did his job in the course. Afterward, Meredith promised him that he would never have to do anything like that again.
Shutterfly’s successes total more than 3.5 million euros, making him the most successful show jumper in the world. Some of his great victories include three time winner of the World Cup Final, the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen 2005, two time winner of the Top Ten Final, two Bronze Medals at the World Equestrian Games 2006, individual gold and team silver at the European Championships in Mannheim. He and Checkmate helped Meredith win the lucrative title of Rider of the Year three times. Last but not least, Shutterfly won the Prize of Europe at Aachen 2011 at age eighteen. He was retired there in Aachen on the same weekend where fifty-five thousand adoring fans gave him a standing ovation. Shutterfly is now enjoying his well-deserved retirement in Thedinghausen.
Le MansZur Galerie >>
Born: January 2, 1995
Chestnut Zweibrücken gelding
Dam: Lavinia (by Landadel)
Owner: Octavia Farms LLC (Nancy Clark)
Breeder: Bettina Kaul
Le Mans was born on January 2, 1995, at Bettina Kaul's stud in Nottuln. Nancy Clark bought the eight-year old gelding in the fall of 2003. "Le Mans was Markus's horse," says Meredith. The pretty chestnut gelding was in fact initially ridden by Meredith's husband and first started at the euroclassics in Bremen, where he was entered in the Youngster tour.
Le Mans remained with Markus until the end of 2005, and together the pair won many good ribbons, including seventh place in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen. But Markus realized that Meredith needed a good horse to take the pressure off her top horses Shutterfly and Checkmate. At the end of 2005, Markus gave Le Mans to Meredith. "I realized what an incredibly generous husband I had!” A couple of months later, Meredith was number one in the world. "Without Le Mans I would not have managed to top the world rankings for a total of 24 months. Le Mans supported Shutterfly and Checkmate. I am very grateful to Markus that he gave me Le Mans,” Meredith explains. “Leo, as we call him, will always be a very important horse in my career.”
In 2007, Meredith and Le Mans won the Munich Grand Prix. The pair were known for their consistency in jumping clear rounds and winning placings in Grand Prixs and World Cup qualifiers.
StellaZur Galerie >>
Dark bay mare, USA
Sire: Quick Star
Dam: Windchimes (by Wilson)
Nickname: Stelli or Stelli-Belli
Owner: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
Breeder: Will Simpson
Stella's breeder, Will Simpson, thought that Quick Star, a small stallion, was the perfect match for Windchimes, his large mare. And so he had Windchimes covered by Quick Star and the result was super. After all, Stella, the first offspring from Quick Star, was the horse that helped Meredith become the first woman to represent Germany in a Championship event. Stella and Meredith have one thing in common: they were both born in California. Perhaps that is why they hit it off from the start.
Stella was named in memory of Quick Star's mother. She was also called Stella and was successfully competed by Nelson Pessoa. When Stella first started jumping, Will Simpson telephoned Meredith. She flew to California to have a look at the mare - and immediately fell in love. "I liked the way she looked the first time I saw her in the stall. When I saw her jump, I was hooked," Meredith said. Meredith bought the mare and flew back to Germany with her.
The two Californian girls were a good pair, as their early successes showed. When Stella was just eight years old, she was fourth in the Grand Prix of Brussels. She was fourth in the World Cup in Aarhus. Shortly after Meredith became a German citizen, she was nominated with Stella for the European Championship team in Hickstead in 1999. Meredith and Stella were the only combination on the German team to have two clear rounds in the Nation’s Cup. That was instrumental to the team gold medal. That success was followed by further wins and placings in Grand Prixs and World Cups and many clear rounds in Nations Cups.
Stella was retired at age 17 and put out to pasture at Sören von Rönne’s where she gave birth to her first foal in 2006. Stella stayed with Sören von Rönne while breeding but since has returned to Thedinghausen. Meredith likes looking back at the time they spent together. "Stella did a lot of special things for me and I am very grateful to her. She was a fighter in the course. She knew exactly when it came to the crunch. I knew I could always count on her!"
Just do itZur Galerie >>
Born: May 13, 1987
Dark bay stallion, KWPN
Sire: Jasper (by Courville xx)
Dam: Tiranda (by Garant)
Nickname: Justy Boy
Height: ~16 hands
Owner: Michaels & Beerbaum GmbH
Breeder: Harrie Peters
"When he saw a jump, there was nothing that could stop him!" Meredith still raves about Just Do It with a smile that flashes across her face. She is still fascinated by her small dark bay stallion. Together they amazed and inspired spectators. She talks about him as "an extraordinary horse who made a lot of noise, including in the stable,” Meredith laughs. The spectators who saw him will not forget him either. They held their breath when he bucked between jumps. Yet somehow he managed to always focus on the next obstacle and to sail over it. Meredith did not try to stop him bucking. She won him over with that attitude. "Justy had a heart as big as a lion. He was a fighter. That was how he made up for what he might have lacked in scope. When he and I put our minds to it, we won!" Meredith remembers fondly. “With all his fire, Justy was incredibly gentle. I would let my daughter get on him if he were still alive."
But Just Do It is no longer alive. In the night of December 26, 2009, he died in his stall in Thedinghausen at the age of 22. Yet he lives on in Meredith's heart and in her memories.
Just Do It and Meredith won the Grand Prix of Vienna in 1996, the Grand Prix of Neumünster and Bremen in 1997 and the Grand Prix of Spangenberg in 1998. A year later they became German Champions in Verden. Together they won more than 300,000 euros.
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Dark bay stallion, Selle Français
Sire: Galoubet A
Dam: Stella (by Nithard)
Height: ~ 15.2 hands
Owner: Isaac Arguetty
Breeder: Diane Empain
Quick Star was a very important horse in Meredith's career. After all, she owes her international breakthrough to him. When Quick Star was just seven years old, Meredith rode him in Palm Beach, Florida, and won her very first Grand Prix. Subsequently, the stallion helped establish her in Europe where Meredith and Quick Star won many Grand Prix events, e.g. in Maastricht, Munich and Mannheim.
“I won my first car on Quick Star in Maastricht. Although it was only a Renault Clio, I'll never forget the thrill!" Meredith declared. "And I will never forget how I won the Championship and the Grand Prix of Mannheim on the same weekend. A feat that was never done before. And I beat Hugo Simon both times!”
Meredith remembers Quick Star, "He was a phenomenon, a freak of nature. He was a very small horse, but it was like he had springs in his feet."
Meredith’s time with Quick Star ended very suddenly. One day his owner decided to give him to Nick Skelton. Meredith was very disappointed but always followed his career.
Fortunately, part of Quick Star remained with Meredith. After all, he was the sire to the filly Stella. In fact, Stella was a baby standing out in the field right next to the ring where Meredith originally tried Quick Star. Many years later Meredith went back to buy Stella and rode her to great successes. In 1999, Stella and Meredith became Team European Champions. So indirectly Meredith owes her first international title to Quick Star.
Quick Star's offspring are very successful in international show jumping. For instance, Big Star, ridden by Nick Skelton, won Olympic Team Gold for Great Britain in London. Quick Study ridden by Lauren Hough has also won numerous Grand Prix events.
On August 29, 2011, Quick Star died at the age of 29.
Responsible for the contents of this website:
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (V.i.S.d.P.)
c/o Meet Success AG
D - 81479 Munich
phone: +49 (0)89 – 74 32 74 0
fax: +49 (0)89 – 74 32 74 11
Texts (from 2016)
Eltersdorfer Straße 18
Tel. +49 1578 7049158
Requests for autograph cards should be sent to:
Michaels & Beerbaum GmbH
Holtorfer Dorfstrasse 7
D - 27321 Thedinghausen
contact: Frau Birga Griese
Special thanks to the photographers for the great pictures:
phone: +49 (0)40 81 95 89 04
mobile: +49 177 27 80 468
phone: +49 (0)6131-507751
phone: +49 (0)30-85621670
Tel.: +49 176 70513183.
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