German showjumper Ludger Beerbaum – who has been expanding his breeding interests in recent years – has announced his retirement from his national team at the end of this summer season, following the Super League Final in Barcelona next month. Beerbaum, who turns 53 later this month said; “It was a tough decision. I won’t get bored. I’m grateful that I was able to represent Germany as a rider. Now this is a job for my younger colleagues.” In addition to his work in Europe as president of the Longines World Equestrian Academy, Beerbaum will also be a huge support to the development of the showjumping market across Asia.
Riding in his seventh Olympic Games in Rio, Beerbaum had made it be known that he always wanted to quit at the top, so will make his final appearance for team Germany at the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona next month. Emotions will likely run high, as he returns for the last time to the scene of his glorious 1992 Olympic achievement at the very same venue, the Real Club de Polo.
According to FEI Jumping Director, John Roche, Beerbaum has been “A legend in his own lifetime, a complete horseman and a man who is deeply involved in the development of the sport. It’s great to know we will continue to have the benefit of Ludger’s tremendous experience in years to come. He will remain a highly influential figure”.