Christian regularly advises clients in North America and Germany and has been coaching many successful professional and amateur riders from across the world, including the 1987 Pan Am Games individual silver and a team gold riders, the 1992 Canadian NAYRC champion, and several riders long and short listed for the Canadian equestrian team. Christian’s German clients value his experience and individual approach on both continents. Several of Christian’s students have moved up the levels over the years to compete nationally and internationally through Grand Prix.
He emphasizes that the benefit of studying with many of the great masters has been the development of a particular eye for the individuality of each horse.
Training with many of the Great Masters
While adhering to the classical principles, productive training must account for the needs and personality of each horse.
Christian intensively trained with the late masters Herbert Rehbein and Willi Schultheis, and for a periods also with the late Siegfried Peilicke, Udo Lange, Christilot Boylen as well as the late German Team Coach Holger Schmezer.
Christian considers himself ,
first and foremost a horseman.
THE CAREER OF CHRISTIAN GARWEG
Return to the North American Continent
Christian always wanted to return to the North American Kontinent. After 15 years of training and competing in Europe he finally returned to compete in Canada and the US in the summer of 2014. Since then he campaigned his horses successfully at the Advanced and the Grand Prix level Nationally and at CDI’s in Canada , the East coast and Florida .In the summer , Christian is busy teaching and training at his home base in East Aurora , NY at Fox Run Equestrian Centre . His aim is to impart all of his knowledge gained over the last 15 years , by teaching Clinics all over the continent , training horses and riders to the Best of their ability. In the winter he will be based out of Sunshine Meadows , Del Ray Beach , Fl
The Early Years
Christian was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Hanover.
Christian started riding at the tender age of six, despite not being born into a family horse business. As a matter of fact, no one in his family had any interest in horses. He started taking lessons in pony club, and when his family moved to a neighborhood adjacent to the racetrack, he began exercising racehorses, acquiring an Amateurs License for Steeplechase at the age of 14.
His tall physical stature prevented a long term career as a jockey, but it opened the door to a jumper stable that needed help riding the show and sale horses. The instruction he received from the resident trainer proved to be valuable in the years to come.
From jumping to law school to riding auction horses at Verden
Christian showed jumpers up to the intermediate level, and also started showing dressage with some of the jumpers that moved well or had called it quits in the show ring. He received helpful training from the local riding club’s resident dressage coach as well.
By the time Christian graduated from High School in 1987, he had enjoyed very versatile training that also instilled him with good horsemanship skills for his future. He decided to study law at the University of Hanover in 1984, and worked for the Hanoverian Society in Verden riding auction horses during the semester breaks.
In 1986, a job offer from the prestigious dressage stable of the Pracht family in Canada was going to change the course of his life. A three-month working project in Toronto turned into a life's vocation. Christian became Canadian Champion in 1987, and his students Eva Marie Pracht and her daughter Martina won the individual Silver and a team Gold medal at the Pan-Am Games in Indianapolis.
It became clear that his talents were more with training horses and coaching riders than studying to become a lawyer. In 1988, his services were retained by the prestigious breeding operation Hamilton Farms in Boston, MA. Recognizing his talent at a clinic in early 1989, Rosemarie Springer offered him the opportunity to train with one of the most renowned trainers in world, Herbert Rehbein, in Germany.
Canada and Switzerland
Christian returned to Toronto in 1990 and became Canadian Champion again in 1991. His business flourished in the years to follow. His student Ashley Wright won the North American Young Riders Championships; and Christian spent a year training in Switzerland with Olympic champion Christine Stueckelberger and her coach Georg Wahl.
Making the Canadian team
The purchase of the horse Infiniti in 1996 led to Christian’s nomination to the Canadian Team for the North American Championships in 1997. And yet another trip back to Europe that year that would change his life again.
Back to the roots
Training and competing in Europe in 1998 got him to re-connect with his roots, and not being able to qualify Infinity for the World Championships in 1998 made him realize that there was more to learn. At the same time he was asked to teach in Germany, and he started teaching clinics in Germany regularly.
Back in Germany, mostly
The move back to Hamburg in 2001 seemed a natural progression. Training and coaching students at the highest levels on both continents and being trained and coached by some of Germany’s best trainers brought him to the present accomplishments of being a successful competitor at Grand prix level in Germany and Canada and advisor in North America and Germany.
THE MENTORS OF CHRISTIAN GARWEG
After receiving his initial training through the German pony club and local instructors, Christian continued his career as a dressage rider and coach with the help of some of the best dressage trainers and horsemen in the world. Christian highly values the plurality and depth of advice he has received and continues to seek – as it has enabled him to develop a sharp awareness of the subtleties of each and every horse he works with.
Hans-Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen H.H. Meyer zu Strohen is the German National Junior Young Rider Coach. As a young auction rider, Christian worked under Hans-Heinrich. Christian found his interaction with clients and coworkers to be exemplary and has been positively influenced by him since. Christian was introduced to a new level of discipline in his work with Hans; discipline toward himself much more so than the horse.
Rosemarie Springer, the five-times German Dressage Champion and member of the 1960 German Olympic Equestrian Team, herself a student of Willi Schultheis, recognized Christian’s talents during his stay in Boston in 1988 and was instrumental in referring him to the great Herbert Rehbein for further training.
Herbert Rehbein is recognized as one of greatest trainers – often in conjunction with his wife’s (and student’s) Karin Rehbein’s successes, amongst others with the famous stallion Donnerhall. Rehbein won the German Championship of Professional Riders seven times and the Hamburg Derby nine times, received the title “Reitmeister” and the gold medal of the Swedish Equestrian Federation. He also put the Dressage and Training Center Grönwohldhof on the map as a hub of international caliber training.
Willi Schultheis is considered one of the greatest dressage masters of his time. As a professional rider, he was unable to compete in the Olympics at the time, but horses and riders he trained were competing successfully. In the 70s, the German team under his tutelage won two Olympic gold medals, two World Championships, and three European Champion titles. Schultheis was also the first to receive the title “Reitmeister” (Riding Master) for having trained more than 50 horses to international Grand Prix successes). Willi Schultheis impressed on Christian that learning never ends – not even at age 60 or 70.
Christine Stückelberger and Georg Wahl
Swiss rider and trainer; Christine Stückelberger won multiple Olympic medals, including Gold in Montreal. Her trainer; the late, Georg Wahl has been chief rider (Oberbereiter) at the Spanish Riding School, and is considered one of the great masters. While training with them in Switzerland, Christian gained further insight into when exactly and for what purposes work in hand is useful. Also, for horses who are physically capable, it is generally better for the neck to remain high rather than being ridden down, as horses find better self carriage and learn to take responsibility for their own balance.
Eric Lette is a prominent dressage judge and former Chair of the FEI Dressage Committee. Christian will always remember his mantra “always forward, but slowly” – reminding him of the difference between running a horse off his feet vs. balanced forwardness. This has become a principle throughout all of Christian’s training and something he continues to work on himself.
Dolf-Dietram and Manuela Keller
Reitmeister Dolf-Dietram Keller, former German National Young Rider Trainer, and his wife Manuela and daugter Kathleen, run a successful training stable in Luhlmuehlen, Germany. Dolf has also won the German Dressage Derby on the famous stallion De Niro. Christian credits his work with them for consciously removing the ego from the training process and to include the viewpoint of the judges in the show preparation, without losing sight of the over goal of a classically trained horse.
Eva-Maria and Hans Pracht
Evi Pracht, Olympic and Pan Am Games medal winner, and her husband Hans discovered Christian’s capabilities for teaching and coaching early during his work in Canada. Their call: “Not that much!” is still relevant to Christian as it is for every ambitious rider.
These are some of Christian’s most influential mentors and coaches:
A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN GARWEG
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Horses trained by Christian
have been sold all across the globe.
Amongst them are Olympians , Professionals and Judges alike .
Gold , Silver and Bronze Medalists in the US have been seeking Christians advice.
Long and short Listed riders in Canada , the US , Austria ,Germany , Brazil , Japan , Switzerland , France , Sweden , Denmark have been some of the most prominent buyers and students
Some of the most prominent buyers are Christine Stückelberger (SUI) (the horse Aquamarin later ranked 10th in the world), Christopher Hickey (USA),Pia Aragao (BRA ), Shingo Hayashi (JPN), and the Olympians: Jaqueline Brooks, Gina Smith, Belinda Trussel (CDN)