Gunnar Ostergaard

International horseman Gunnar Ostergaard knew as a teenager his passion for horses was destined to be his profession, all while dreaming of one day immigrating to the United States. Dreams become goals and at the age of sixteen, Gunnar left his home in Denmark to start an apprenticeship through the German Riding Federation's bereiter program. For three years, he apprenticed with the renowned riding master Karl Diel in Flensburg, Germany, then returned to Denmark where he caught the attention of world-famous dressage trainer Gunnar Andersen and spent the next six years under his tutelage. In 1976, Gunnar was able to realize his dream and moved to the United States, where he went on to train dozens of horses and riders to Grand Prix. His dressage expertise also shaped many North American jumper riders and eventers, including helping secure Olympic and WEG medals for both US and Canadian teams. Gunnar won numerous USDF national championships, the USDF Grand Prix National Champion Vintage Cup twice, and the Grand Prix at the prestigious Devon Horse Show three times. His dedication to horses and equestrian sport also led him to serve on the USET Planning and Selection Committee for several years. Gunnar continues to conduct clinics and teach dressage riders throughout the United Sates. He and his wife Birgit divide their time between their homes in Denmark and Tryon, North Carolina ( Find out more about Gunnar's book Life as a Dressage Trainer in Three Countries.