Kathrin Müller (GER)
Discipline - Show jumping
Hometown - Wickede (GER)
Number of years riding - 25 years at least…
Main career accomplishments to date:
- 4th place GP Wiener Neustadt (AUT) 2014
- 3rd place Championat of Offenburg (GER) 2014
- 6th place German Championships Balve (GER) 2014
- Winner Finals at the German Championships Balve (GER) 2013
- Silver medal German Championships 2012
- 3rd place GP Munich (GER) 2012
- 3rd place GP Lamprechtshausen (AUT) 2012
- Winner Nations Cup Sopot(POL) and Linz (AUT)
Tell us about your first horse/pony:
Her name was Sandra and she was a Shetland pony mare. She looked a bit like Pippi Longstocking”s horse! My mum always went for a walk with my younger brother in his buggy and me on the lead rein. My father said once: “This pony is so nice; you could take her to church.” So I tried that together with a friend of mine and it worked!
How did you get started in your discipline?
I always wanted to jump. But I fell off all the time because most of my ponies were not really sold on this whole jumping thing! So I rode a bit more dressage to start with. I won my first 1.10 class when I was 10 years of age on my father”s horse, who really looked after me.
Mentor/idol when growing up?
There are a lot of idols… John Whitaker, Meredith, Marcus Ehning, Hugo Simon etc. My father and my trainers (Thomas Schepers, Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst and Mathias Stieve) have always been my biggest mentors.
Proudest career moment?
Jumping a double clear and finishing 3rd in the GP of Munich. My horse Shakespeare tried his heart out for me.
Why do you ride?
First of all I love the feeling of building up trust with a horse, working together with such a sensitive being, getting the feeling that your horse is really fighting for you in the ring. And of course I like the challenge of competing with the other riders in a fair contest, continuously having to raise your game and the feeling that the hard work pays off if you win!
If you weren”t a professional rider, what would you be?
I studied Sports and Event Management, so I would for sure be working in that interesting sector.
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
The Maldives! :-)
How do you unwind?
Difficult! ;-) But I love having a glass of wine with my best friends, reading a book and doing gymnastics.
Do you have a good luck charm, and if so, what is it?
A particular bracelet and necklace that I got from my boyfriend.
What is your favourite Ariat product?
Ariat boots!! Ariat shoes!! Ariat chaps!! Ariat jackets!! Ariat breeches!! Ariat gloves!! Ariat jumpers!! In fact, I like everything from Ariat because it always looks so good, fits me very well and is of such high quality.