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The birth of Brianne rang in a new era for MichaelsBeerbaum as she expanded her role far beyond that of
a top professional rider, but that of a mother. While the
horses have stayed an integral component of her life
since the birth of her first child, she relishes in Brianne's
love and compassion for the horses who have helped
shape her career so greatly.
"She started up competitive riding last year at WEF and
that was so fun to watch. She's very ambitious and we've
had tremendous pleasure watching her be rewarded
by the same sport that we've been rewarded by all our
Following in her mother's footsteps, Brianne claimed the
circuit championship in the Walk/Trot/Jump Division.
This season, Brianne will be moving up to the Cross Rails
Division, which Michaels-Beerbaum is excited to be able
to watch again every Sunday morning.
Michaels-Beerbaum is sure to have some exciting
Saturday nights ahead of those Sunday mornings. She
has two up-and-coming horses that she is planning to
step up in to the higher divisions this season, with bigger
hopes that lay ahead for them looking further into 2018.
Daisy is a mare that Michaels-Beerbaum competed in
the iconic Aachen Grand Prix, then dropped back down
a level to have a breather. She is hoping that the mare
will step up once again to show off her talent at the CSI
5* level this winter. Her second mount is a horse called
Calle 67, who turns nine at the beginning of 2018. Calle is
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a newer mount for Michaels-Beerbaum, who purchased
the horse in the summer of 2017, and her team is eager
to see if 2018 will be his big breakthrough onto the grand
prix circuit over the course of the season.
All eyes are on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon
2018 to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian
Center in September, and Michaels-Beerbaum's are
looking in no other direction. She has represented
Germany at the WEG twice before, winning Team
and Individual Bronze at the 2006 Games in Aachen
before contributing to Team Gold at the 2010 Games in
Lexington, Kentucky. As 2018 begins and the fall slowly
creeps to fruition, she commented on her chances of
once again representing the powerhouse that is the
German Show Jumping Team.
"My two horses are young and they are very talented,
so WEG is in the back of my mind. They haven't proven
themselves at that level yet, so I'm hoping that WEF will
be the place to bring them along, so that they're ready
at the end of WEF to go back to Europe to compete
at the top level shows that are qualifying events for
Germany to go the WEG," she said. "I think I get a legup by going outdoors while my colleagues are indoors
and I'm concentrating on getting those horses going
outdoors. They need to be ready to jump Nations
Cup™ competitions that could potentially put them in
question for the WEG. It will be an exciting season and
one that we're all looking forward to."