Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum

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Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
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Personal information
Full name Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
Nationality  Germany
Discipline Show jumping
Born (1969-12-26) 26 December 1969 (age 44)
Los Angeles, California
Height 5.4 ft 0 in (1.65 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg; 7 st 12 lb)

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (born 26 December 1969 in Los Angeles, California) is an American-born German equestrian who competes at the international level in show jumping.


She grew up riding ponies and had a successful career as a Young Rider, both in equitation and in show jumping. As a young-adult, Michaels-Beerbaum studied political science at Princeton University, continuing to compete during her college years. She then went to train in Germany with Paul Schockemöhle in 1991, planning to remain only for a summer, which eventually turned into a permanent stay. First she decided to buy the training center in Balve.

Personal Life[edit]

She is the daughter of film director Richard Michaels and actor Kristina Hansen.

Following her marriage to the well-known German show jumper Markus Beerbaum in 1998, she changed her citizenship. Together the Beerbaums have one daughter, Brianne Victoria Beerbaum, born in 2010. Through her marriage, Michaels-Beerbaum is also sister-in-law to Ludger Beerbaum, who has won multiple Olympic and championship medals in show jumping.



  • Checkmate (*1995), Gelding, Father: Contender, Mother's Father: Pik Bube II
  • Malou (*2004), Grey, Mare, Father: Maloubet de Pleville, Mother's Father: Carthago
  • Cantano (*2000), Holsteiner horse, Stallion, Father: Cascavelle, Mother's Father: Acord

former show horses:

  • Bella Donna (*2003), Holsteiner horse, Mare, Father: Baldini II, Mother's Father: Calido I
  • Quick Star (* 1982; † 2011), Selle Français, Stallion, Father: Galoubet A, Mother's Father: Stella v. Nithard
  • Shutterfly (* 1993), Gelding, Father: Silvio I, Mother's Father: Forest xx
  • Kismet (Benedicte) (* 2001), Belgian Warmblood, Mare, Father: Kannan, Mother's Father: Furioso II
  • Stella (* 1989), Mare, Father: Quick Star, Mother's Father: Wilson
  • Le Mans (* 1995), Gelding, Father: Leubus, Mother's Father: Landadel


  • Gold medal team member, 9th individually, at the 1999 European Championships in Hickstead, England (Stella)
  • 5th place at the 2006 World Cup Final in Kuala Lumpur (Checkmate 4)
  • Gold medal winner of the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, NV (Shutterfly)
  • Silver medal at the 2004 World Cup Final in Milan, Italy (Shutterfly)
  • Nations Cup starts:27 Wins:8
  • Ladies German Championships Gold Medal in 1999 and 2001, Silver medal in 2002, Bronze medal in 1998, 4th place in 2004
  • German Championships Bronze Medal in 2004, 5th place in 2002
  • German Championship Winner in 2008 at Balve Optimum
  • First woman to win the World Cup Finals three times (2005, 2008, 2009)
  • Ranked #1 in the Rolex World Rankings for 11 consecutive months in 2008 (February–December).

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