Ludger was born and grew up in Cloppenburg, Germany. As a young boy he rode at the local riding club and showed his father’s horses all over Northern Germany.

At the age of 15 he moved to Warendorf, the questrian Capital of Germany, location of
the German Riding School, the Olympic Training center and the Westfalen State Stud.
All German Professional trainers have to undergo Training and Testing in Warendorf and the German Equestrian teams for Dressage, Jumping and Eventing prepare  there for International Championchips.

Ludger spent five years in Warendorf and also  trained at the Bundeswehrsportschule and worked with the Instructers at the “Deutsche Reitschule” German Riding School. There he also had the chance to work for the late Willy Schultheiss, former German head Dressage  coach.

After finishing Highschool in Warendorf he moved to Vechta to attend College. During his time in Vechta he worked for the Oldenburg Verband at the Auction Sales and for the Schockemöhle Stallion Station owned by Werner and Gisela Schockemöhle. There he trained  Ganymed and San Carlos, champions of the 100 day stallion testing in Adelheidsdorf as well as many others.

Ludger holds the professional Title: “Bereiter FN”.

In 1986 Ludger moved to California with horses sold by the Schockemöhle Farm. He has trained numerous horses to FEI level in Dressage, as well as earning a USDF All breed Award at Grand Prix level. He has also shown jumpers on the A-circuit and evented through Preliminary level.

Ludger was head trainer at Sport Horse International from  1991 to 2012 and  has worked as an Inspector in the US for the German Oldenburg Verband.

In 2010 Ludger teamed up with Paul Schockemöhle as an authorized representative to import Semen of the famous Schockemöhle Stallions. You can learn more about the Schockemöhle Stallions at

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