IDEAL CONDITIONS AT THE GATEWAY TO HAMBURG
Show jumper Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann trains show jumping horses in Pinneberg.
Germany / Hamburg. Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann was born in Hamburg and is one of the best German show jumpers. The multiple German Champion, European Team Champion and World Team Champion has been running her own equestrian centre with her husband Christoph Zimmermann, an international horse dealer, since 2016. The approximately 4.5 hectare facility in Waldenau, a district of the northern German district town of Pinneberg, offers ideal conditions for the management and training of competition horses at the gateway to Hamburg.
Horses have played a major role in Janne Friederike Meyer's life from an early age. She was given her first pony at the age of six. At the age of twelve she took part in the German Championships for the first time. In the following years this talented rider won several medals and titles at state championships in the pony/junior division. She personally trained her first large horse, the grey Callistro from her parents’ breeding farm, herself. Janne Friederike Meyer can look back over a series of successes. She has won the German Champion, Team European Champion as well as Team World Champion titles many times. She was also victorious at many international Grand Prix competitions. With Cellagon Lambrasco, whom she affectionately calls "Pug" due to his stature, the show jumper reached even giddier heights. She still refers to the gelding as "the horse of my life” to this day. Together they won the Team World Champion title in Kentucky USA in 2010 and European Team Champion title one year later. This was followed in 2012 by their debut at the Olympic Games
With the gelding Goja, Janne Friederike Meyer was able to continue her string of previous successes, and from 2015 onwards was a member of the German Nations' Cup teams with him several times. At the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, the German team was also victorious thanks to her faultless ride on Goja. Janne Friederike Meyer trained at the Friedrichshulde riding stable in Schenefeld for almost ten years. When it became too cramped there, the idea of setting up her own riding facility took shape. Together with her later husband Christoph Zimmermann, she set out to find a suitable location. The choice finally fell on a former dressage centre in the Waldenau district of Pinneberg. The couple designed the grounds entirely according to their own ideas and wishes. The 60 by 90 metre show jumping arena is surrounded by a long gallop racecourse. A smaller dressage and jumping arena as well as the spacious natural meadow can be used as alternative facilities.
The horses can be trained in all weathers in the 20 by 60 metre indoor jumping arena, which is equipped with a resilient sand floor. The former warehouse now houses an oval horsewalker in which several horses can exercise at a walking pace without supervision. The Meyer-Zimmermanns placed particular emphasis on the design of the stable aisles. They ensured that there is extra space for the horses. Five horse stalls were produced by Röwer & Rüb.
The Hamburg model is equipped with a sliding door, feed flaps and semi-circular troughs. The partitions are designed as contact grids to the neighbouring stalls. The project was accompanied by Röwer & Rüb employee Lars Cordes. While Janne trains the horses in Waldenau, her husband is usually away tracking down talented young horses. “Training horses myself and taking them to the top has always been my greatest pleasure," Meyer-Zimmermann says.
One promising talent is Chaka Chaka. She won the Youngster Tour in Oliva (Spain) in spring 2020 with this seven-year-old Holsteiner. Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann uses quiet times for intensive training at home. At the Nations Cup in Vejer de la Frontera (Spain) she won the Nations Cup with the German team. With Chesmu KJ Janne contributed with two double zero rounds to this success. All horses have achieved their training goals despite the lack of tournament opportunities and made positive appearances. Although normal life is clearly affected by the corona pandemic, Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann is optimistic about the coming season and also looking forward to what the future holds.