“Good riding can mean you deal with a difficulty in the moment and good training means
you search for the cause of the difficulty and make the horse understand the concept”

Christine Traurig

Christine Traurig is one of the most esteemed and sought after trainers and clinicians in the US. She was born and raised on her parent’s farm near Verden, Germany. Her father was a breeder and Traurig began riding before she could walk. Her first formal instruction came when she was 12-years-old and attended the National Riding School at Hoya with the legendary trainer Otto Meyer.

Traurig worked with her father’s young horses, riding the sale horses at the Hanoverian Elite Auction. It was here that she met the director of the auction and his wife, Hans Joachim and Helga Koehler, who both had a great impact on Traurig’s future and success in dressage. The German National Trainer, Holger Schmezer, watched Traurig ride at the auctions and offered her a working student position at his farm in Verden. Traurig worked and rode sale horses for Schmezer until the fall of 1982 when she met and later married show jumper Bernie Traurig, and moved to the US.

In Wisconsin and then California the couple established one of the most reputable sales and training businesses in the country for jumpers and dressage horses. They imported such talent as Orpheus, Lectron, Walzertakt, Azurit, Epernay and Nemisis all of whom had successful international careers competing for the United States. In the early 1990’s the couple were the resident trainers at Albert Court in Rancho Santa Fe, CA where they were instrumental in establishing the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation. For seven years the couple trained the riders of the Federation at Albert Court until the operation moved to a new training facility in Europe. Traurig then took a short absence from the dressage arena after the birth of her two children.

In 1997, Traurig returned to her beloved sport and proved she hadn’t lost her touch. The following year she won the National Intermediare I Championship with Etienne. In 1999 she returned to Germany and began training with Johann Hinnemann, her mentor, where she spent six years under his guiding eye. During her time with Hinnemann she competed at three consecutive Bundeschampionat in Warendorf on Limited Edition placing in the finals (top 8) each year.

With long-time partner Etienne, Traurig was selected to represent the United States Dressage Team at the Sydney Olympics. As the final team rider, Traurig rode Etienne to his best score ever to enable the US to clinch its third consecutive Olympic Bronze medal. Largely on the strength of that performance, Traurig was named the US Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year in 2000. In 2002, Traurig and Etienne were selected as the alternate rider for the US to WEG in Jerez, Spain.

In 2005 Traurig moved back to California and to Albert Court where she still currently operates Christine Traurig Dressage Stable. She is also a clinician at the Saudi Arabian training facility in Europe where she worked with the jumping team in preparation for the 2014 WEG in Normandy. In 2013 Christine became a member of USEF’s Dressage High Performance Committee where she will help create policy and structure of United States team programs and activities. In 2015 she was appointed by USEF to become the United States Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Coach. Along with her love for dressage and horses, Traurig is dedicated to her children; Natasha- a successful Grand Prix show jumper seen in the photo above and her son Lucas. She loves music, her home and her dogs (she currently has 3 of them).Traurig’s current equine partner is Louisdor with whom she competes at Intermediare II.

Traurig also thanks her very dear and loyal clients Michelle Leonard and Janet Balmuth who have supported her throughout the years.