With the departure of his number one assistant trainer Ann-Christin Wienkamp, German professional dressage trainer Oliver Oelrich has tightened the co-operation with his student Florine Kienbaum, who has now started to compete some of his horses.
The 27-year old Kienbaum has been a member of the German team as a youth rider. She competed at the 2008 European Pony Championships on Going East, at the 2010 European Junior Riders Championships on Good Morning M and with Don Windsor she won numerous team medals and kur bronze at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 European Young Riders Championships.
In 2015 Kienbaum made the transition to Under 25 Grand Prix level with Doktor Schiwago and won double individual silver at the inaugural European Under 25 Championships in Hagen in 2016. In 2018 she made the transition to the senior division after choosing a career in horses as a professional rider.
For the past 10 years Kienbaum has been training with Oliver Oelrich and has relocated her own business out of his yard in Lengerich, Germany. With the departure of Wienkamp as Oelrich's number one show rider, Kienbaum has stepped into that position.
"Since last year I have my own horses also in Lengerich and so it has offered itself to intensify our cooperation," Kienbaum told Eurodressage. "I am still self-employed as before, but Olli and I support each other in the training of young talents, whether horse or rider."
Post Corona Competition
With local competitions starting up at great speed in central and northern Germany, after corona restrictions led to the complete standstill of the show circuit for two months, Kienbaum made her competition debut on some of Oelrich's entrusted horses at the CDN Nottuln on 23 - 24 May 2020.
She won a developing Prix St Georges horse test on the 8-year old Oldenburg Bacanto (by Bordeaux x Don Romantic) and rode Andreas Helgstrand's 8-year old Oldenburg mare Florine OLD (by Foundation x Lauries Crusador xx) to a 9th place. The chestnut mare was previously shown by Maike Mende and named second reserve for the 2019 World young horse championships. She sold to Helgstrand but is kept in Germany with Oelrich to be developed and sold. She further saddled the 7-year old KWPN gelding Inspire (by Johnson x Painted Black), previously shown by Petra Stroetmann.