.photo courtesy of British Dressage
the Fellowship is the highest accolade the Society can bestow
on a trainer as it represents the pinnacle of equestrian professional
qualifications. There are just 53 BHS Fellows and of these
only Christopher Bartle is an Honorary appointment, all the
others having taken an examination.
Ferdi, who is 49 years old and based in Worcestershire, spent
his early life in Germany, serving an apprenticeship with
Olympic Gold medallist Dr Reiner Klimke before coming to England
in 1980. Eleven years later Ferdi took out British citizenship
and has achieved major successes as a top-level dressage competitor
in this country including representing Great Britain at two
European Championships, in 1993 and 1995, and at the World
Equestrian Games in 1994.
2002 Ferdi was appointed as the British Equestrian Federation's
World Class Performance Director of Coaching and is now the
BEF Acting World Class Performance Manager and Director of
Coaching. In January this year he led a two-day clinic for
BHS Scotland at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre, an event that
proved very popular and successful.