Christoph Hess

Christoph Hess

Christoph Hess is an FEI "I" Judge in both Dressage and Eventing, and the German National Federation (the DOKR, which is the equivalent to our USEF), awarded him the title of Professional Riding Instructor. A title that labels him as an international expert and educator of professionals. Hess currently holds the positions of Head of Instruction and Head of the Personal Members Department at the DOKR, where he's been employed since 1978.

Hess is actively involved in the education of judges and instructors both within Germany and around the world. He conducts clinics, workshops, forums, and symposiums for judges, trainers, and riders throughout the international dressage and eventing communities.

Hess has an easy-going, positive nature that quickly puts students at ease. But don't be fooled by the relaxed atmosphere he creates. For when you step into the ring, precision and attention to detail and the basics hold center stage. Hess is able to quickly and accurately assess both strengths and weaknesses in horses and riders (and within their training). "Having a horse with talent is the beginning of the motivation to begin the journey to Grand Prix," stated Hess at a 2007 symposium held at Michael Poulin's Dressage Center in Deleon Springs, Florida. "You must have an idea, a vision, when begin [riding and training], and then it takes as long as it takes to get there [Grand Prix]. Patience is the key."

Hess is an examiner of judges and trainers at the highest levels of our sport of dressage, including seminars and testing sanctioned and sponsored by the FEI (Federation Equestrian International). He has written and co-authored several books, videos, and articles.