She is the first woman to lead the world ranking list of show jumping riders: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum has been one of the most important big riders in international show jumping for some years now. At the end of 2005 she received the "BAMBI" media prize on account of her special successes.
At the early age of 13 years the daughter of film producer Richard Michaels achieved her first successes on ponies back in her home country of California. She soon attracted the attention of the famous trainer George Morris who brought her into his team of young riders.
The USA-born rider came to Germany in 1991 in order to train at Paul Schockemöhle’s yard – initially just for a few months. Soon, however, Germany became like a second home and Meredith Michaels was considered one of the few top female riders in Europe. In 1998, on her marriage to Markus Beerbaum, she took German nationality and became a valuable member of the German national teams. On numerous occasions she was amongst the medallists at the German Championhips, asserting herself successfully against female as well as male competition.
Even a variety of injuries and individual setbacks could not put a stop to Meredith’s success. In 1999 she won the European Championships with the German team, in 2004 the overall ranking of the Riders Tour. In numerous Nations’ Cup events, World Cup show jumping and other top level international competitions, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was either outright winner or at least in the front line-up and she has also already won the World Cup show jumping finals on three separate occasions. In 2006 she won the individual as well as team bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen and also gained fourth place at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
Since November 1997 Meredith and Markus Beerbaum have run the yard of Gerd Wiltfang in Thedinghausen, which had become vacant following the early death of the former world champion.