Ludger Beerbaum

Ludger Beerbaum
Personal information
Full name Ludger Beerbaum
Nationality  Germany
Discipline Show jumping
Born (1963-08-26) August 26, 1963
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 at CSIYH* in 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. He is also a four-time Olympic Gold medalist team and individual.

Early life and competitive career

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 teammate 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 whom 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

Ludger Beerbaum at the 2008 Olympics

Doping offense

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 with 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.

Major achievements

Olympic Games

World Championships

European Championships

World Cup Final

Other major achievements


  1. " – Universal Currency Converter". Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  2. "Germany takes it all at the Samsung Super League with FEI final in Barcelona". Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  3. FEI European Jumping Championships Final 2011 (August 13th to 18th) European Championship Jumping Individuals Madrid 2011
  4. P.S.I. FEI European Jumping Championships 2013 Final (August 20th to 25th) European Championship Jumping Individuals Herning 2013
  5. FEI European Championships (August 11th to 23rd) European Championship Jumping Individuals Aachen 2015

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