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Ludger Beerbaum on the new Global Equestrian Group: “A unique opportunity to pursue my plans with strong support”

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Photo © LB Stables "For me, working with a new strategic partner is a unique opportunity to start a new chapter and pursue my plans with strong support," Ludger Beerbaum says. Photo © LB Stables.


Press release from LB Stables



From Ludger Beerbaum's point of view, the formation of the new Global Equestrian Group – which includes the companies Helgstrand Dressage (Denmark) and Ludger Beerbaum Stables (Germany) – and which is supported by the independent private equity investment company Waterland, offers enormous opportunities for the future.

The group which is looking to expand in other business areas will be led by Ludger Beerbaum in the show jumping segment besides Andreas Helgstrand who will be responsible for the dressage sector.

"For me, working with a new strategic partner is a unique opportunity to start a new chapter and pursue my plans with strong support," says Ludger Beerbaum. "I am handing over my company but will remain on board as Managing Director. This means that my life's work will be continued in an orderly and secure manner, with the difference that I will no longer be solely responsible for it. I will continue to keep the reins in my hands."

For Ludger Beerbaum, who announced his retirement from the German national squad after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, there is now an opportunity to focus on growth and development with planned projects in Riesenbeck.

The 2021 European Show Jumping Championships are to take place in September at the Riesenbeck International equestrian centre. This major international event is already benefiting from the new partnership. Now the participants will benefit from 300 permanent stables, new outdoor sand arenas and other structural changes to begin this spring. In return, the adjacent small stream, the Bevergerner Aa, will undergo renaturation.

The constellation of Ludger Beerbaum Stables founded by the 57-year-old record-breaking Nations Cup rider Beerbaum will also experience change. The equestrian centre Riesenbeck International, the sports and trading stables and the stallion station will go under the umbrella of the newly formed Global Equestrian Group.

The new structure will not only focus on exploiting synergies in the cooperation with all partners, but also continuing to use Ludger Beerbaum's philosophy that has grown in the top sport over many years, in a new form. 

“We will continue to mainly rely on the sires in the stallion station who are also our internationally successful sport partners. I have had very good experience with this approach,” says Ludger Beerbaum. "We want to continue this strategy at our stallion station and in doing so offer the breeders stallions whose development and performance can be followed over many years." This includes the time after the active sport. Goldfever who celebrated his 30th birthday is still fit and enjoying life in the paddock. He is a symbol of this kind of development for Ludger Beerbaum and his team.

There will be events and competitions at Riesenbeck International, the centre which has been steadily growing over the last six years, offering many riders the opportunity to participate with their horses. "An important area of development will be to increase the horse trade," says Ludger Beerbaum. In this aspect, the younger colleagues Philipp Weishaupt and Christian Kukuk are firmly involved in the future planning. They shall continue to compete at top level and aim to participate in international championships.

In the midterm, the company's growth will also mean that there will be more horses in training and upbringing and that the number of employees will increase.

"The economic factor ‘horse’ will increase in significance in the region," says Ludger Beerbaum with certainty, "this begins with the breeder through the training of young horses, health management, other supply of services, up to skilled staff and new jobs."

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