Holger Hetzel

Rider, trainer, coach and business manager, all rolled up into one!

The successful Nations Cup rider and regional trainer is your competent partner in sport horses and show jumping!


  • Began riding at the age of six
  • Rode his first show with a pony called Nixe aged nine
  • Switched over to horses at the age of eleven and competed in dressage and jumping classes
  • First eventing outing as a twelve year old
  • Competed at the German National Eventing Championship
  • Horsemaster’s apprenticeship with jumping specialisation at Michael Fervers’ yard
  • First one-star class at the age of 21
  • Golden Riding Award
  • Represented Germany on more than 38 Nations Cup teams
  • Fourth place in the team competition at the European Show Jumping Championships in Gijon (ESP) in 1993
  • International Grand Prix winner
  • Two silver medals (2015 & 2017) at the German National Championships

Trainer / Coach

  • Horsemaster Diploma with a jumping specialisation
  • Master of Horse Management Diploma
  • Effective horse training programmes, from novice to Olympic level
  • Rhineland Equestrian Association regional trainer for ponies, children, juniors and young riders since 2000
  • Private Coach to national and international riders up to European championship title level

MBA/ manager

  • MBA degree
  • Own competition and training yard in Goch since 1986
  • Managing Director of Hetzel Horses GmbH with responsibility for sports and business administration