Olympic winner, World Cup winner, five-times German Professional Riders Champion - the equestrian expert Hubertus Schmidt is one of the most successful dressage trainers of our times. At the latest since his win at the Olympic Games in Athens, it is not possible to imagine the international dressage scene without the 45-year old Hubertus.
Like many other professional riders, Schmidt - who was also successful in show jumping up to advanced level - was often forced to sell the horses he had trained as soon as they had achieved their first successes. Despite his undisputed talent as a rider, his real breakthrough therefore did not come until relatively late. His ability, however, had already been recognised much earlier by such important dressage personalities as Harry Boldt, Rainer Klimke and Siegfried Peilicke, who also count amongst Schmidt's instructors. Klaus Balkenhol has trained him since 1999.
In 2001 Schmidt celebrated a win in the Grand Prix Kür with Fair Lady at the CDIO in Aachen, with Barclay he finished in second place in the Kür-Grand-Prix in Wiesbaden. In 2002 he achieved a double win in Münster as well as success in the Grand Prix and in the Special of München-Riem - a success which he was also able to repeat the following year. Since 2000 he has been amongst the medallists at the German Championships on no less than five occasions. Last weekend he actually won the gold medal in Verden.
In the Altenautal, near Borchen-Etteln in Ostwestfalia, Hubertus Schmidt runs the training yard and stud which was founded by his father. At the same time he works as a trainer at international level, for example as trainer of the Finnish Dressage Team, and he also runs clinics in North America. His passion for horses is also shared by his wife Doris and their two children, son Nikolas (born 1987) and daughter Inga (born 1989).