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Christian Plage

Grew up in my parents' company in Breitscheid near Ratingen


1970-1976 Military sport as a junior, then as a senior
Ridden 5 times German Junior Championships

1974 Participation in the European Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro / Rome, team gold.

Placed up to exams including class S.


1975-1978 3-year rider apprenticeship in his parents' company, including half a year at the German Equestrian Olympics Committee in Warendorf with jumping instructor Hauke ​​Schmidt.

1978 first of 2 stays as a student at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna (3 months)


1978-1979 work as a rider at the German Riding School in Warendorf
Preparation and examination center for all professional examinations in the field of riding in Germany.


1980-1981 training as a young executive at the German Equestrian Association (FN) in Warendorf.
The following stations were passed through:


  • Second stay at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

  • 1 year dressage training with Willi Schultheiss (former national dressage trainer)

  • Activity at the state commission for horse performance tests in Bonn

  • Courses in driving (2 and 4 horses) in Wülfrath and Dillenburg

  • Bronze driving badge

  • Driving attendant test

  • Vaulting attendant test in Hohenhameln

  • Judge examination in Warendorf (qual. Up to class M)

  • Course designer test in Aachen (qual. Up to class L)

  • Course leader dressage in California and Australia.

  • Examination for horse management master in Warendorf


1982 - 1983 head of training at the Hessian state stud in Dillenburg


1984 Self-employed as a trainer in dressage riding up to and including Grand Prix for horses and riders.

Extract horses: Geysir, Valetto, Nektar, Heuriger, Night Dream, Silvano, Showmaster, Sappalot, Prince of Orange, Aarstein, and many others
Excerpt rider: Tanja Schenker, Eva Senn, etc.


1985 Start of regular courses in Switzerland, once a month


1985 Awarded the Golden Rider Badge


1988 courses in Chicago, Columbus, Dallas


1988 Concours in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas


1995 Publication of my first book with the title: "Finding the Right Wire"


1997 Federal assistant trainer dressage of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian (DOKR) in Warendorf.


1997 trainer with Sven and Gonnelien Rothenberger in Bad Homburg.


1999 Moved to Switzerland in July, founding of the dressage training stable Green & Gold with Birgit Wientzek, since March 2000 location in Rüti bBüren, riding facility Tüfelsburg


  • Training of riders and horses up to and including Grand Prix

  • Recognition and equality as a federally certified riding instructor

  • Creation of 2 new apprenticeships.

  • There are apprenticeship contracts for 2 apprenticeship daughters (3 year apprenticeship period)

  • Since August 2000 participation as a trainer in the training of rider I candidates at the NPZ in Bern

  • August 2000 Trainer of the Young Riders in preparation for the European Championships in England.

  • Since July 1999 12 victories in tests St. Georg and Inter I alone

  • Since July 1999 4 victories in Grand Prix and many placements

  • Since 1998 coach of my partner, Birgit Wientzek, who has already won 6 wins in St. Georg and Inter I, as well as many placements.

  • Trainer of some professional riders who have already ridden up to Grand Prix themselves.

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