• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

Michael Jung

 
Name Michael Jung
FEI ID 10005015
Gender Male
Date of Birth 31/07/1982
Competing for Germany - GER
General Interest
Nicknames Michi (horseware.com, 15 Mar 2012)
Hobbies Sports, sunbathing. (horseware.com, 15 Mar 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning two gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (olympic.org, 16 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol His father Joachim. (horseware.com, 15 Mar 2012)
Injuries In September 2014 he broke his collarbone after falling at the 2014 CHI Donaueschingen event in Germany. (horseandhound.co.uk, 24 Sep 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I like to ride, to train with the young horses. That's the reason I'm a rider, not just to win everything and stop riding." (examiner.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours In 2013 he was included in the Hall of Fame of the Event Rider's Association [ERA]. (cavallo.de, 18 Jun 2013) He won International Equestrian Federation's [FEI] 2012 Reem Acra Best Athlete award. (feiawards.org, 08 Nov 2012) He received the Goldene Reitabzeichen [Golden Pin] in 2003 for his achievements in dressage and jumping. (reitschule-jung.de, 2013)
Other sports He has also competed in jumping and dressage. (feiawards.org, 08 Nov 2012)
Famous relatives His father Joachim is a dressage coach. (horseandhound.co.uk, 03 Aug 2012)
Other information FRESH APPROACH He is known for his modern training methods, which focus on jumping technique to ensure the horse approaches each fence correctly and limits the chances of it refusing. He also does not jump young horses until they can fully extend their stride. (olympic.org, 16 Dec 2012) SPORT FIRST In 2012 he became the first rider to hold the Olympic, European and world titles at the same time. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Jul 2012) DOUBLE CELEBRATION He won his second gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on his 30th birthday. (focus.de, 31 Jul 2012)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age six.
Why this sport? His father and grandfather were riders too.
Club / Team Stud Kirchberg: Germany
Name of coach Joachim Jung [father], GER; Hans Melzer [national], GER; Christopher Bartle [national], GBR

Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

Name Kent FARRINGTON
FEI ID 10009302
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28/12/1980
Competing for United States of America - USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age eight in Chicago, IL, United States of America.
Why this sport? He found an old photo of his mother riding a horse, and told her that he wanted to try it himself. He then began taking lessons once a week at a riding school. "I was enthusiastic and aggressive. An instructor who had racing and eventing ponies asked if I'd like to come and ride them."
Club / Team Kent Farrington LLC: United States
Training Regime He rides every day and works out in the gym five times a week.
General Interest
Hobbies Architecture, interior design, motorbikes. (horseandhound.co.uk, 30 Mar 2017; teamusa.org, 18 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career His father. (globalchampionstour.com, 12 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol Canadian showjumper Ian Millar, Czech showjumper Hugo Simon, US equestrian Conrad Holmfeld. (Athlete, 22 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Enjoy the process, not just the end result." (Athlete, 22 Jul 2011)
Awards and honours In 2006 he was named American Grand Prix Association Trainer of the Year. (horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007) In 2001 he received the Maxine Beard Award, which is given annually to the individual showing the most potential to represent the United States of America in international competition. (horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007)
Famous relatives His partner Tiffany Foster represented Canada in equestrian jumping at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was ranked 26th in the individual competition. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 May 2017; horseandhound.co.uk, 30 Mar 2017)
Other information STABLES In 2002 he set up Kent Farrington LLC in Greenwich, CT, United States of America. Now based in Wellington, Florida, his stables are home to prospective young jumpers and grand prix horses. He also trains amateur riders and young competitors. (kentfarrington.com, 17 Aug 2016; Facebook page, 09 Feb 2015; horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007) EARLY DAYS He turned professional in 1999 after accepting a job with four-time British Olympian Tim Grubb. In January 2001 he took a position at Fairfield County Hunt Club, where he worked alongside two-time US Olympian Leslie Burr Howard. (horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007) Kent Farrington began riding at the age of eight after he saw a picture of his mother on a horse and wanted to try it himself. He then started taking weekly lessons at a carriage barn in downtown Chicago and soon graduated from riding carriage horses in the city to racing ponies and retraining ex-racehorses in the suburbs. Kent spent most of his junior career catch-riding for many industry professionals. He became an accomplished young rider, winning the Washington International Equitation Medal as well as the coveted Eiser/Pessoa National Equitation Medal Finals. Kent solidified his presence in the sport when he claimed the gold medal at the 1999 North American Young Riders International Competition at the age of eighteen. Farrington’s transition from junior to professional was seamless; in his first three years as a professional he earned over $1 million in prize money and received the Maxine Beard Award, presented to an individual American rider that best displays true potential to represent the United States on the international stage. Kent’s first major grand prix win was at Saugerties in 2004 with Madison. Some of his most notable accomplishments include over twenty five Grand Prix wins with Up Chiqui; winning team gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara; the King George V Gold Cup at CSIO Hickstead on Uceko; the Credit Suisse Grand Prix with Willow in Geneva; the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows with and team bronze in Caen for the World Equestrian Games with Voyeur. Kent looks forward to another great season with his horses, partners, and sponsors.
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Tiffany Foster
Residence Wellington, FL, USA
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Horse Trainer
Languages English, Spanish

FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

 

Name Isabell WERTH
FEI ID 10011389
Gender Female
Date of Birth 21/07/1969
Competing for Germany - GER
Registration Dressage 2016
Marital status * unknown *
Family Son Frederik
Residence Rheinberg, GER
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Horse Trainer
Languages German, English
Higher education Law

General Interest
Nicknames Dressage Queen (isabell-werth.de, 22 Dec 2014)
Most influential person in career German coach Uwe Schulten-Baumer, and her parents. (isabell-werth.de, 02 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "My home is on the horse. A quiet ride makes me happy." (gq-magazin.de, 29 Sep 2011)
Awards and honours She was named the 1999 Sportswoman of the Year in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia. (FEI, 04 Jul 2000) She has held the title of L'Annee Hippique's Dressage Rider of the Year. (junior-riders.com, 29 Apr 2003)
Other information STABLES After working as a lawyer and in the marketing department of one of her sponsors, she moved to a stables near Hamburg, Germany. In 2002 she set up her own dressage training stable at her family home in Rheinberg, Germany. (isabell-werth.de, 02 May 2016) LONG CAREER Although she has been successful in dressage for many years, she says her competitive instinct is still strong. "It is because I work with living things. I'm not going every day to the swimming pool or the running track, that is, it is not one-sided or boring. The sport and breeding have become so extremely refined that I am still learning after a career of almost 30 years. I enjoy training young horses much more than before. As long as the fun is here and I'm still healthy I'll keep on riding." (derwesten.de, 04 Mar 2016) SUSPENSION In May 2009 one of her mounts Whisper returned a positive test for fluphenazin, a drug that acts as a sedative in horses. She claimed that Whisper was administered the drug as a treatment for shivering syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system. She was suspended for six months by the International Equestrian Federation [FEI] and fined 3,000 USD. The German Equestrian Federation [FN] extended the ban to one year. The suspension ended in June 2010. (chronofhorse.com, 25 Jun 2010) SECOND SUSPENSION In November 2013 she was banned for six months by the FN after her horse El Santro NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the 2012 Rhineland Championships in Langenfeld, Germany. She claimed the horse ingested the banned substance from drinking contaminated water, but following an investigation the FN deemed the horse had most likely consumed the cimetidine from a neighbouring stable. The substance is not banned at international level but is prohibited by the German Equestrian Federation. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Nov 2013) OTHER ACTIVITES She assisted in the development of the Bates Isabell Dressage Saddle, which is sold worldwide. She has also developed her own sportswear collection that specialises in horse riding clothing. She featured in a computer game called Isabell Werth: Equestrian and has worked as an ambassador for the Christoffel Mission for the Blind. (isabell-werth.com, 02 May 2016, 16 Nov 2015, 22 Nov 2007; vanityfair.de, 22 Nov 2007; tds-saddlers.com, 29 Apr 2003)

Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began riding at age five on her parents' farm in Rheinberg, Germany.
Why this sport? Her family is involved in equestrian sport. She concentrated on showjumping and eventing until age 17, when Uwe Schulten-Baumer, a dressage coach and the father of her friend Verena, asked if she wanted to try riding one of his horses. Since that day she has been hooked on dressage.
Club / Team Graf von Schmettow Eversael: Rheinberg, GER
Name of coach Monica Theodorescu [national] GER

International Debut
Year 1988
Competing for Germany

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