Pferdewirtschaftsmeister Reiten FN and Licensed Judge
-Coached many riders to success at regional, national, and international competitions, including FEI World Cup Finals/ Las Vegas 2007
-Trained numerous horses to Grand Prix
-Chef d’Equipe at the 2006 North American Young Rider Championships in Virginia/USA
Jürgen’s interest in horses was serious from the start. Born in Krefeld, Germany, he started riding at age 14 when he traded a local trainer horse grooming for riding lessons. At age 18, he decided to take his horse experience to the next level and become a professional.
Jürgen Hoffmann has considerable knowledge and expertise which he brings to the dressage community. He is a Reitlehrer FN (Pferdewirtschaftsmeister), a licensed judge in Germany, and has brought many horses from the lower levels up to Grand Prix, both as a coach and as a rider. In addition, both he and his wife Jennifer, whom he also coaches, have been very successful in the show arena. Jürgen was named “Most Successful Rider” at the July 2000 Luxembourg International Horse Show on his Hanoverian gelding, Endor, and continued his successful partnership in the U.S. where Jürgen and Endor were virtually undefeated in 2001 at I-1, I-2 and Gran
d Prix , qualifying Jürgen for a USDF Gold Medal.
Jürgen himself learned from the very best. After his apprenticeship with Reitmeister Jean Bemelmans, former German Champion of the Professionals and former trainer of the Spanish Dressage Team, today National Coach of the French Dressage Team, Jürgen passed his Bereiter exam at Warendorf at the top of his class. Subsequently, he worked as a Bereiter at Norbert Koof’s stable, World Champion Show Jumping Rider in Dublin in 1982. Here Jürgen showed horses in jumping and dressage from First Level to Prix St. Georges.
From there, Jurgen moved to Eberwein Stable in Frankfurt where he worked with Reitlehrer Georg Prause, former trainer of the Japanese Dressage Team. It was there that Jürgen trained a sale horse named Nepomuck who went on to win the individual Bronze Medal in Jumping at the Seoul Olympics under rider Karsten Huck. But, his heart was still in Krefeld. He eventually moved back to his roots and took a job at Siebenlinden Dressage Stable in Krefeld. He acted as Bereiter and Manager for the facility. During the 6 years he spent at Siebenlinden, Jürgen trained with Reitmeister Robert Schmidke, who also trained Olympic and Grand Prix riders Margit Otto-Crepin and Josef Neckermann. Together with Mr. Robert Schmidke, Jürgen produced multiple Grand Prix horses which were sold through the Siebenlinden Stable. In 1987, he became one of the youngest to successfully pass 12 weeks of Reitlehrer (Pferdewirtschaftsmeister) testing at the German Riding Schools in Münster and Warendorf.
In 1991, Jürgen and his wife Jennifer, also a very accomplished rider, opened their own dressage stable in Krefeld called Dressurstall TopsHof. There, along with their regular training and sales business, he and Jennifer prepared young stallions for 100-Day Testing and Keurings, they trained, showed and managed stallions for other stud farms, they stood their own stallions, and bred outstanding crops of foals. The Hoffmann’s “premium” success continued in the United States with their stallions Pik’s Pride’s 2002 foal crop all receiving Gold Medal Premiums from the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar Pferdezuchterverband. Their Trakhener stallion Herzberg had “premium success” too, with his 2004 foal crop receiving Premiums from both the German Oldenburg and the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar Verbands.
During his time in the USA Jürgen actively worked together with Jennifer in riding and training. Together, they have advanced a large number of their own horses, as well as those of their clients, to the FEI levels. Jürgen is a highly sought after clinician and coach for some of the top dressage riders in throughout the United States. His students have been successful in state, regional, and international competitions. He coached Leslie Mores with “Tip Top” to a 10th place finish at the FEI World Cup Finals 2007 in Las Vegas/USA, Susan Walker and her stallion “Facet” to a Team Gold Medal and individual Bronze Medal in the North American Junior Championships and his wife Jennifer among others to numerous national and international
In December of 2010 Jurgen and Jennifer decided to move back to Germany due to family reasons. During this time they focused at first on developing horses, especially stallions, they were based out of the Stud farm Gestuet Letter Berg, in Westphalia where Jurgen also managed the breeding business and they had their own stallion Rubinio NRW at stud, here they had allot of success at the German Bundeschampionat, Silver Medal with the 5 year old Stallion Florentinus with the score of 9.2 and bronze medal with the 4 y old stallion Hofmarschall with the score of 9.0. Jennifer also represented the US again in 2011 and 2012 at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden/ Germany, where she made US history with the first time, one rider had 2 horses in the finals, Florentinus and Ratzinger. During their time at Letter Berg they also developed horses again to FEI level, like the stallion Rubino NRW, with whom Jennifer was quite successful internationally in the small tour at this time.
From this time on to present Jurgen and Jennifer trained multiple horses to S and Grand Prix level and Jennifer showed them successfully nationally and internationally, Just to name a few: Rubinio NRW, Farinelli, Donna Argentina, Egistar all Grand Prix; Florentinus V Instertanz V, Ramon, Fairytale OLD , Zidane (Small Tour), which all have won S level.
At the moment Jurgen is also coaching riders from Germany, England, USA, Austria and Italy. Jurgen and Jennifer are operating a successful training and sales business in Duisburg/Germany
Career Highlights By Year:
Many winnings and placing at national shows in Germany at CDI’S like Saumur/France, Joostland/Netherlands, Deauville/France, Verden/Germany, Achleiten/Austria etc.
Coaching Kilian Huettner/ Wiesenhof Stud, Krefeld, to many placings at PSG and Intermediate I
Multiple Placings and winnings at national shows in Germany and Austria and at CDI’s like Vidauban/France, Munich Germany, Treffen/Austria, Wattens/Austria, and Perl-Borg/Germany, etc
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Florentinus at the FEI World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden/Germany, where the pair finished in the final
Coached Jennifer with Donna Lisa to win the Hannoverian Young Horse Championships
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Florentinus at the FEI World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden/Germany, where the pair finished 8th in the final
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Ratzinger at the FEI World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden/ Germany, where the pair finished in the final
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann at the German Bundeschampionate where she got the Silver Medal with Florentinus in the 5y old Dressage Horse Final with score of 9.2 and with Hofmarschall she got the bronze medal in 4y old stallion division with score of 9.0
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann on Farinelli to a 6th place finish at the National I-1 Championships and Olympic Selection Trials in San Juan Capistrano, California
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Farinelli for the USEF National Developing Young Horse Championships held in Lexington, Kentucky
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Delacroix for the FEI 6 Year Old Division, Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships held in Lexington, Kentucky
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Rubinio at the FEI World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany where the pair finished 5th in the 5 year old Small Final.
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann and Ricci One for the FEI 5 Year Old Division, Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships held in Lexington, Kentucky
Coached Leslie Morse on Tip Top at the 2007 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas to a 10th place finish
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann on Petit Danseur to a 4th place finish at the FEI World Cup Invitational Grand Prix in Las Vegas
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann on Petit Danseur to an 8th place finish at the US Grand Prix National Championships in Gladstone, NJ
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann on Farinelli to a 4th place finish at the USEF National Developing Young Horse Championships held in Lexington, KY.
Coached Jennifer Schrader-Williams on HS Wistar to a 3rd place finish at Intermediare I at the USET Festival of Champions-Brentina Cup Championship held in Gladstone, NJ
Coached Leslie Morse on Tip Top to a 3rd place finish at the USET Festival of Champions, held in Gladstone, NJ. This achievement qualified her for the World Equestrian Games in Aachen Germany where she won the team bronze medal.
Chef d’Equipe for Region 7 Jr/Young Rider Team at NAYRC in Virginia
Coached Susan Walker on Kalibre to a 4th place finish in the FEI Junior Individual Test and a 5th place finish in the FEI Junior Freestyle at the NAYRC Championships in Virginia
Coached Jennifer Schrader-Williams on HS Wistar to a 5th place finish at USET Festival of Champions I-1 held in Gladstone, NJ
Coached Jennifer Schrader-Williams on Phirst Solo to a 10th place finish at USET Festival of Champions Grand Prix Championship held in Gladstone, NJ
Coached Susan Walker on Endor to a FEI Jr/YR Champion on the CDS-San Diego Circuit
Coached Susan Walker on Kalibre to a 6th place finish for 2005 USDF Jr/YR at Third Level, a 2nd place finish for NAWPN Jr/YR at Third Level, and CDS San Diego Circuit Champion at Second Level and Reserve Champion at Third Level
Coached Jennifer Hoffmann on Petit Danseur to an 8th place finish at the National I-1 Championships and Olympic Selection Trials held in San Juan Capistrano, Ca.
Coached Susan Walker to her gold team medal and individual bronze on Facet at the JR Championships at Pebble Beach CDI***
Coached Susan Walker on Facet to a 13th place finish for USDF HOY Open Division at Third Level, 4th place finish in the USDF HOY Jr/YR Division at Third Level, 7th place finish in the USDF HOY Jr/YR Divison, Fourth Level.