Christian took up riding aged 11 as a lot of his friends were riding at the time, so he went to a riding club and liked it. Christian comes from a family of horsemen - his brother Dirk and father George were both equestrian athletes.
Based in Marl, Germany, he has trained with Olympic Gold medallist, national coach and chef d’equipe Otto Becker.
His international debut was at the European Championships in 1989 aged just 15. In December 2012, Christian reached World Number One in the showjumping world ranking for the first time in his career.
Christian’s idol is Michael Schumacher and he says his father and Ludger Beerbaum are the most influential people in his career.
2004 Olympic Team Bronze medallist with Cöster
Competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics
2016 Olympic Team Bronze medallist with Taloubet Z
2006 World Team Bronze medallist with Cöster
Competed at the 2014 World Championships finishing 4th in the Team event
1993 European Young Riders Team Gold with Phanton
1994 European Young Riders Team Gold and Individual Silver with Aldatus
1995 European Young Riders Team Bronze with Satan du Tremblay
2003 European Individual and Team Gold medallist with Cöster
2005 European Team Gold medallist with Cöster
2007 European Team Silver medallist with Cöster
2013 European Team Silver medallist with Codex One
2015 European Team Silver medallist with Taloubet Z
2011 FEI World Cup Final winner with Taloubet Z and competed in 2003, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019
2013 LGCT Hamburg Grand prix winner with Codex One
2014 LGCT Valkenswaard Grand Prix winner with Codex One
2016 LGCT Miami Beach Grand Prix Bronze Medallist with Epleaser van't Heike
2018 LGCT Berlin Grand Prix Silver Medallist with Clintrexo Z
2019 LGCT Paris Grand Prix winner with Take A Chance On Me Z
LGCT Super Grand Prix Qualifier (Paris)
2019 LGCT Berlin Grand Prix winner with Take A Chance On Me Z