Karsten Huck

Karsten Huck ( born November 13, 1945 in Wohltorf ) is a German show jumper. His biggest success in show jumping is the bronze medal in the individual competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988. He is riding master at the FN and trainer for over 30 years in Europe, USA and China.


Huck was born as the son of the tournament rider Hans- Juergen Huck. At the age of ten he began with the vaulting and then with riding. After graduation in 1965 he performed his military service until 1967, was trained as a banker and holds a degree in business administration in Hamburg, where he graduated in 1974 with a degree in business administration. He worked until 1977 as a managing director of a Hamburg apartment management company. In 1979, he decided on the career path of the instructor, and was Pferdewirtschaftsmeister with the focus on riding. Huck runs a tournament and training company in Schleswig -Holstein.

In April 1988, he married Brigitte Horn, who had also worked successfully as a competition rider in equestrian sport. They have two children together. The son of his sister Melitta is the German dressage rider Matthias Alexander Rath.


The interest for equestrian sports began for Karsten Huck at the age of ten years. His father, Hans -Juergen Huck, was an active competition riders (winner of the Grand Prix of Berlin 1951) and riding instructor. He taught him the vaulting and then riding. On his first show jumping competition he took part in 1956 in Bad Segeberg. His first show jumping he graduated at age 22.

The first time he launched internationally in 1961 at the European Championships for Juniors in Berlin. In 1976, he reached the second place in the Grand Prix of Germany. 1984 Huck was German champion in show jumping.

In 1978 Huck could be recognize as a professional athlete. This cost him in 1984 to participate in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. After he had been from 1978 to 1986 country coach jumping in Schleswig -Holstein, he worked in 1986 as a national coach of the juniors at DOKR in Warendorf. During his tenure, among others, the victory of René Tebbel in the German Championship was the junior in 1986.

Downgrade to an amateur, he settled in 1986 in order to obtain the authorization to participate in the Olympic Games. He managed as individual riders for the Olympic Summer Games in Seoul in 1988. Through the cooperative action by Wolfgang Brinkmann, who won team gold and renounced his starting chance in the singles final, Karsten Huck could start with Nepomuk 8 and successfully occupy the third place.

In 1989 he retired during a riding accident at the World Cup in Gothenburg a comminuted fracture in his right foot to what a long break required. A year later, he finished at the first World Equestrian Games with the German national team to second place. Since Huck rode in numerous Nations Cups for Germany.

In 1989, Huck was awarded the Peace Rider Price in Munster, in 2005 he was awarded the German Equestrian Federation in Warendorf entitled " Riding Champion ".