Ferdi was born in Germany and trained under multiple Olympic Gold Medallist, Reiner Klimke. He moved to England in 1980 and has ridden for the British Dressage Team many times, winning team silver in the 1993 European Championships with ArunTor who he also partnered in the 1998 World Games in Rome. He was also shortlisted with Arun Tor and Demonstrator for the 1996 Olympics. Ferdi was dressage trainer to the British eventing team from 1982 – 92 and still coaches Mary King. He was appointed Director of Coaching to the British dressage team in 2002 and Performance Manager in 2003, the year the team won its first European medal, bronze, in 10 years. Ferdi ,now 64 continues to train from his training yard near Redditch in Worcestershire.
Maria has won two European pony team silver medals and two Young Rider European team bronze medals. She joined the World Class Performance Squad in 2007 aged 23 and has since ridden on Nations Cups. She was chosen as travelling reserve rider for the 2006 World Championships in Aachen with her Young Rider horse Two Sox who was bought as an unbroken 3 yr. old. 2008 was a very exciting season for Maria and Two Sox , in August they travelled to China as the reserve horse and rider for the Olympic Games and in September won the Blue Waters Grand Prix Freestyle and became the overall British National Champions. In 2009/2010 they were members of the European and World Silver Medal winning teams in Windsor and Kentucky respectively. Maria has enjoyed much success training on and competing through the levels on a number of different horse and more recently and more recently in international events with her own Royal Concert and Farah Al Khojai’s Sarrotti. She is currently training for her list one judge’s examination and alongside coaching hopes to achieve international status as a judge.
Michael rode his first affiliated dressage test in 2007 having first competed in pony, young rider and senior showjumping trials. Michael joined the World Class Development squad at the beginning of 2009 and went on to gain international placing’s and wins at premier league shows with his horses Marakov and Monet in his first season of Grand Prix. Undoubtedly the highlight of 2011 was his results with the British bred Woodlander Farouche who followed her unbeaten record as a four year old with the Shearwater Five Year National and Badminton Young Horse titles in the UK and went on to win the 2011/2 World Championships in Verden for five and six year old horses holding the current world record for this competition of 9.88%. Michael has since been on the British Team on three consecutive occasions with: 2013 Half Moon Delphi Bronze Team medal European Champs at Herning in 2013 and 2014 Half Moon Delphi Silver medal World Games in Caen and individually placed 8th. 2015 European Silver medal team in Aachen with his own Marakov. Michael is currently busy producing horses, many of which are now homebred, for the Grand Prix arena and hopes he will have horses ready for international competition in 2022.