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Jockey and trainer Christopher Bartle

Riders with great experience have emerged in the world of horse riding who put their knowledge to the command of others. Without a doubt, this gift of teaching is present in highly competitive athletes. This is the rider and trainer Christopher Bartle

Christopher Bartle this famous British man was born on February 19, 1952 in Harrogate – North Yorkshire. He is currently 68 years old and continues to play his role as coach.

Christopher Bartle is a British rider who has been successful in both dressage and events. In turn, he has led the German team that has achieved triumphs in several Olympics. In this way he has proven to be an excellent coach.

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Chris Bartle's Cross-Country Training

Academic background of Christopher Bartle

Chris Bartle is not a common rider because he is a man who studied at a higher level.

This man attended Ampleforth College where he laid the foundations for later going to the University of Bristol. In this house of studies he graduated as an Economist.

We can see that in his studies he also strove to be one of the best. As a result, he graduated in Economics.

Upon graduation from college, Chris was an amateur rider. He measures 5 feet 11 feet tall, and it’s up to him to keep his weight down so he can move forward in the riding world.

This triggered his first participation in three-day events with excellent results

In principle he had the privilege of being trained by his mother, Mrs. Nicole Bartle.

He was subsequently coached by Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr. who was a double gold medalist at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

Undoubtedly the example and drive of his mother and an Olympic champion was reason enough to show his best facet. In this sense, give the best of yourself in the disciplines of dressage and event riding.

Coach and rider Christopher Bartle
Coach and rider Christopher Bartle

Christopher Bartle’s career in the world of horseback riding

This successful British rider since the 1980s has been giving his best. Below we mention his career in the world of horse riding:

  • Chris Bartle was part of the British dressage team in the period from 1981 to 1987.
  • In 1984, approximately 36 years ago, he finished sixth in the discipline of individual dressage at the Los Angeles Olympics.
  • From 2001 to 2016, together with Hans Melzer, he was the coach of Germany’s three-day national events team.
  • Chris is the brother of Jane Bartle Wilson, who was also an Olympian at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
  • Today she serves as Managing Director of the Yorkshire Riding Center.
  • He is also the Performance Trainer for the British Three Day Event Brigade.
  • Bartle obtained the Medal of Honor from the British Equestrian Federation in 1986.
Cris Bartle smiling
Cris Bartle smiling

Christopher Bartle and his role as coach

In view of his excellent performance as a dressage rider, this gave him experience to launch himself as a coach.

Following his role as a dressage rider, he was invited to train the British events team.

With this team he attended the 1996 Atlanta and Sydney Olympics.

In 1995 Christopher Bartle received the British Horse Society Trainers Award. Without a doubt, this represents a praise and at the same time a stimulus for his impeccable work.

In 2001 he received the honorary scholarship from the British Horse Society.

In 2016 Chris Bartle was appointed to the new position of performance coach for the British team of the afternoon.

Christopher Bartle conducts seminars on the best ways to ride. This refers to staying safe in the saddle when facing difficult situations on cross country courses.

These range from sliding the reins to the most complicated position.

As we can see, this man is active by raising his knowledge to other people who enjoy the world of horse riding.

Framed in his educational activity, Christopher Bartle wrote with Gilliam Newsum the book “Training the Sport Horse”. This book is a simple guide to training horses and riders from the most basic to the most advanced levels.

Cover of Christopher Bartle's book
Cover of Christopher Bartle’s book

Coach of the German National Team

From 2001 to 2016, Chris was the coach of the German Olympic team in the riding discipline called three-day events.

His experience led him to write Training the Sport Horse, which he co-authored with Gilliam Newsum. The book was published by JA Allen in 2004

For 16 years until 2016, he was national coach of the three-day German Olympic team:

  • Achieved team and individual gold medals at the Olympics at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and London in 2012.
  • They were also winners of the individual silver and gold team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,

We can see the success of this man as a coach, few achieve this repeated feat.

Christopher Bartle on the podium with his team
Christopher Bartle on the podium with his team

In summary

Christopher Bartle is an excellent rider and his experience as a rider and trained as a participant in the Olympics gives him a different look to train his pupils.

This can be considered as a multifaceted man since he has served as a rider, coach and writer and last but not least, his university degree in economics.

In this last point, he coincides with the Venezuelan Gustavo Mirabal who is a lawyer by profession and a great fan of the discipline of horse riding called show jumping.






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