Ulla Salzgeber

Ulla Salzgeber

Ulla Salzgeber's career started more than three decades ago, when she started vaulting at the age of ten in her hometown Oberhausen. In 1976, she was Rhineland Champion in dressage, a year later she was European Champion with the junior-team in Leverkusen and was fourth in the individual competition.

In 1979, she was presented with the German Riding Insignia in gold for her successes in the dressage ring. Since 1997, she has been permanent member of the official team of Germany at all championships.

After the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens and the subsequent retirement of her successful horse "Rusty" Ulla took advantage of this "temporary withdrawal" to train her young horses 'Piet', 'Herzruf' Erbe' and 'Wakana' with the help of her trainer Ernst Hoyos and to bring them slowly to the "major" tournaments.

With Piet, Ulla won the Bavarian Championship in Munich in 2006. After that, the gelding was sold to England. Ulla: "A good horse will also be sold once, otherwise the dressage is not financially feasible" but now she had more time for training and promotion of Herzruf's Erbe (Herzi) and Wakana (Heidi).

In 2008 she took these two horses to the top German dressage. End of 2008 she and "Herzi" won the Otto Lörke Prize and they were was named to the A-squad.

With her second young horse 'Wakana' the entry into the "big" dressage was not easy, because the mare could be distracted by their surroundings easily. But now Ulla was successfull with a lot of patience and empathy.

Due to her consistent performances and their great successes up to Grand Prix Special, who offered her rank 29 in the world ranking, she was admitted to the B squad of German dressage riders. In 2011 Wakana had a new owner, who allowed the mare to continue to remain in the training center in Blonhofen, Ulla's new training base.

Some of her successes in 2011 were, in addition to numerous victories in Grand Prix tests, the third place in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final and the victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle WDM-A international finals.

In 2014 Ulla continued with successes: two 3rd places (Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle) in Vidauban, a 2nd place (Grand Prix Special) and a 4th place in Grand Prix Freestyle at the German Championship in Balve, two 3rd places (Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle) at "Pferd International" in Munich and - also in Munich the victory at the WDM (World Dressage Masters)!

Ulla's young horse, the 6 years old Westfalien gelding 'Sir Simon', seems to insist in Herzi's steps. Although he had rarely competed in 2013, Ulla was victorious with him dressage tests in the M* and M** levels in 2014!