Christian Baier

Christian Baier is German but was born and grew up in Sweden. He attended the University of Agriculture in Flyinge and Stromsholm where he earned a diploma in Equine Studies under the tutelage of such dressage masters as Kyra Kyrklund, Bo Jena, and EvaKarin Oscarsson; show jumping greats Peter Eriksson, Jens Fredricson, and Sylve Soderstrand; and showing in-hand specialist William McDonald. He completed course design programs in both Sweden and Germany and is now a Diplomaed Riding Instructor SvRf and Internationally Certified Level III Instructor. He teaches in Europe, the United States, and is currently developing educational structures in Asia.

Baier trains horses up to Grand Prix jumping and incorporates advanced-level dressage movements as a natural part of all his work with horses. He has rehabilitated hundreds of horses with physical issues stemming from poor handling or training and has helped redevelop confidence in hundreds of students who have been over-faced or discouraged through negative training or physically injured in riding accidents. He has a passion for science and solving problems. Baier likens his work to “connecting the dots”— through continuing education and bringing various fields of science together, he enjoys “seeing the whole picture.” Well equipped with curiosity, he is always discovering new areas of interest that positively impact both his techniques of teaching and his passion for passing knowledge on to others.

In 2013, Baier and his wife McKrell co-founded the Urban Equestrian Program of Memphis, Tennessee, to introduce children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to spend time with animals to handling and caring for horses in a professional, rural setting. They now operate The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation funded program BridgeUP Giddy Up to further these efforts. Together they operate Southern Blues Equestrian Center, an educational facility in Tennessee while continuously improving and expanding their Global Equestrian educational curriculum (southernbluesequestrian.com).