Friday, August 19, 2011

Stylish Equestrians - Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum

Faux pas in leaving Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum off my list of stylish equestrians.  She oozes talent and style.  The picture below is from an advertisement for Rolex.

Meredith was born and raised in California, the daugther of a successful Hollywood producer, Richard Michaels.  She was a successful junior rider and later attended Princeton University.  In 1991 she went to Germany to train with Paul Schockemohle and never came back.  She married Markus Beerbaum, of the famous equestrian family, in 1998.  She changed her citizenship to German and the rest is history.

It is safe to say that she is one of the most successful female riders in show jumping history.  She is the first woman to have reached the No. 1 position on the FEI show jumping world rankings (December 2004).  She won the gold medal at the 2009 World Cup Final in Las Vegas on Shutterfly (pictured above).  She was the gold medal winner of the 2008 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden (on Shutterfly).  She was ranked #1 in the world four consecutive months (Feb to May 2007) and she was the individual and team bronze at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, Germany, also on Shutterfly. In 2007 she won the individual gold and team silver at the European Championships on Shutterfly.  In 2005, she was a gold medal team member at the European Championships in San Patrignano on Checkmate 4.   The list goes on and on (and is quite long).  She is accomplished to say the least.

In 2010, she welcomed her first child, Brianne Victoria Beerbaum.  Think of the ponies this little girl is going to have!

She is also the sister-in-law to Ludger Beerbaum, who has won multiple Olympic and championship medas in show jumping.

Meredith oozes outdoor athleticism much in the same vein as Zara Phillips.  She adds that California blonde girl charm as well. 

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