Ludger Beerbaum

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Ludger Beerbaum
Ludger Beerbaum Hachenburg 05.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ludger Beerbaum
Nationality  Germany
Discipline Show jumping
Born (1963-08-26) August 26, 1963 (age 51)
Detmold, West Germany
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Ludger Beerbaum with A-Corrada beim CSIYH* at Wiesbaden 2015

Ludger Beerbaum (born August 26, 1963 in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia) is an internationally successful German equestrian who competes in show jumping, and has been ranked the No. 1 Show Jumper in the world by the FEI on multiple occasions. As well as a four time Olympic Gold medalist team and individual.

Early life and competitive career[edit]

Beerbaum was born in Detmold, Germany. In school he took Business Studies, but eventually gave it up for a career in show jumping.

Beerbaum began riding on a Highland Pony at the age of 8. He had a very successful career as a young Rider which continued into his adulthood. His most notable accomplishments include winning 4 Olympic Golds (his first at age 25) and numerous European and World Championship medals.

On Sunday September 21, 2008, at the Samsung Super League Final in Barcelona, Beerbaum was a member of the winning German Nations Cup team. He was awarded Leading Rider of the 2008 Super League, along with 50,000 CHF ($46,000).[1] In the Final he rode the nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, All Inclusive NRW to a double clear round, and was one of only two riders to do so, his team mate Marco Kutscher being the other.[2]


Ludger Beerbaum is the oldest of 4 children, his siblings being Ruth, Monika, and show jumper Markus Beerbaum.

He is married to Arundell Davison, with which he has two daughters (Cecilia Sophie and Mathilde). From his previous marriage he has a son (Alexander).

He is also brother-in-law to Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

Top horses[edit]

Ludger Beerbaum at the 2008 Olympics
  • Goldfever: 1991 chestnut Hanoverian stallion (by Grosso Z)
  • Ratina Z: 1982 bay Hanoverian mare (Ramiro Z x Almé Z)
  • Gladdys S: 1992 chestnut Westphalian mare (Grandeur x Apart)
  • PS Priamos: 1982 chestnut Westphalian gelding (Pilot x Direx)
  • Enorm: 1997 bay Hanoverian gelding (Escudo I x Calypso II)
  • Couleur Rubin: 1996 chestnut Oldenburg stallion (by Cordalme Z)
  • L'Espoir: 1996 chestnut Zangersheide gelding (by Landwind II)
  • All Inclusive: 1999 bay Westphalian gelding (Arpeggio x Phantom)

Doping Offense[edit]

At the 2004 Olympic Games, Beerbaum and his mount, Goldfever, managed to finish with only 4 penalty points, helping Germany earn the team gold medal. However, following the competition, Goldfever tested positive for the prohibited substance betamethasone. The International Equestrian Federation found Beerbaum guilty of breaking the rules, stripping both him and his German team of their medals, dropping Germany down to bronze. Beerbaum believed the substance to have been present in an ointment administered to the horse due to a skin irritation, and the FEI agreed that the substance provided no competitive advantage. However, in accordance to the rule, Beerbaum was disqualified. Germany’s team gold medal was then given to the Americans, and the silver to the Swedish show jumping team. The Germans, however, were still able to take the bronze medal, even without Goldfever’s results.


Olympic Games[edit]

  • Team Gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games: 17.25 penalties (The Freak)
  • Individual Gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games: 0 penalties (Classic Touch)
  • Team Gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games: 1.75 penalties (Ratina Z)
  • Team Gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games: 15 penalties (Goldfever)
  • Disqualified, losing team gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games—See "Doping Offense" above (Goldfever)

World Championships[edit]

European Championships[edit]

  • Team Silver, Individual Bronze at the 2007 CH-EU in Mannheim, Germany (Goldfever 3)
  • Team Gold, Individual Silver at the 2003 CH-EU in Donaueschingen, Germany (Goldfever 3)
  • Team Bronze, Individual Gold at the 2001 CH-EU in Arnhem, Netherlands (Gladdys S)
  • Team Gold, Individually 26th at the 1999 CH-EU in Hickstead, Britain (Champion du Lys)
  • Team Gold, Individual Gold at the 1997 CH-EU in Mannheim, Germany (Ratina Z)
  • Team 4th, Individually 29th at the 1993 CH-EU in Gijon, Spain (Rush On)
  • Team 5th, Individually 21st at the 1991 CH-EU in La Baule, France (Grand Plaisir)
  • Team 5th, Individually 23rd at the 1987 CH-EU in St. Gallen, Switzerland (Wiener Domspatz)
  • Team Bronze, Individual Bronze at the 1984 CH-EU-Y in Cervia, Italy (Wittersfernde)

World Cup Final[edit]

Other major achievements[edit]

  • Multiple No. 1 Show Jumper ranking by the FEI
  • 8-time winner of the German masters (1988, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004)
  • 3-time Rider of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • 3-time winner of the Grand Prix of Aachen (1996 Ratina Z; 2002 and 2003 Goldfever)
  • Winner of the Bambi prize in 1992
  • Winner of the 2002 CN International at the Spruce Meadows Masters


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