Kirchhoff was sitting with three years for the first time on a horse and received five years old his first riding lesson. A year later, he rode his first tournament on his first own pony. In 1983 he won the silver medal at the German Championships of the Pony Riders. Immediately after his graduation he began ( at age 16 ) a Pferdewirt training - focus on riding - at Alwin Schockemoehle. At the age of 19 years he moved into the stable Damhus, where he was responsible for 12 jumpers. At the German Championships for Young Riders he won the 1986 bronze and 1988 gold. Also in the 1980s, Kirchhoff was temporarily operate at Franke Sloothaak as a groom.
In 1994 he got the opportunity to ride the then eight- year-old horse Jus de Pommes. A year later, both were nominated as a replacement rider for the German team at the European Championships in St. Gallen. In 1996, Kirchhoff and Jus de Pommes were by the then national coach Jumping, Herbert Meyer, nominated for the Olympic Games in the same year. Here Kirchhoff won the Olympic gold medal in both the individual as well as with the team. Previously, Kirchhoff was also 13th in the World Cup finals and won the German Championship Show Jumping, both with Jus de Pommes.
Just two weeks after the Olympic victory died Jus de Pommes ten year ( Kirchhoff: " It was so bad I thought a part of me dies with it. ").
In 2003 Kirchhoff moved to Boostedt in Neumünster on the former organizer of the international equestrian event Neumünster, August- Christian Horn the plant. Then he ran with his family until 2007 tournament and training stable in Rosendahl in Münster. In 2007 he left the plant in Rosendahl and took a job as manager at the plant of his students, the Italian show jumping couple Jonella Ligresti and Omar Bonomelli, in northern Italy.
After expiry of his contract in Italy agreed with Kirchhoff Oleksandr Onishchenko, that he would go in the future for Ukraine at the start. In return Onishchenko provides him horses. The nationality change took place in late April 2013. Kirchhoff's horses are now stationed in Lower Saxony Aselage. End of May 2013, he played his first Nations Cup for Ukraine CSIO Rome.
Success (from 2004)
- 2004: 3rd place in the Grand Prix of Copenhagen ( CSIO 4 * ), 3rd place in the Grand Prix of Munich- Riem (CSI 3 *), 7th place in the Grand Prix of Aachen ( CSIO 5 *), 2nd place in the Grand Prix of Affalterbach (CSI 3 * ), 1st place in the Grand Prix of Stuttgart (CSI 4 *) as well as with the German team 1st place in the Nations of Barcelona ( Samsung Super League Final 2004) - all with Carino
- 2005: 3rd place in the Grand Prix of Dublin ( CSIO 5 *), as well as with the German team 1st place in the Nations Cup (Super League) Hickstead and Dublin - all with Carino
- 2006: 5th place in the Grand Prix of Leipzig ( World Cup special stage, CSI 4 * -W ), 3rd place in the Grand Prix of Rome ( CSIO 5 *), as well as with the German team 1st place in the Nations Cup in Dublin - with both Carino
- 2007: 4th place in the Grand Prix of Leipzig ( World Cup special stage, CSI 4 * -W) with Carino, 4th place in the World Cup special stage from Bordeaux with Carino, 2nd place in the Grand Prix of Rastede with O'Celine
- 2008: 3rd place in the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo ( CSI 5 *, GCT special stage ), 7th place in the Grand Prix of Estoril (CSI 5 *, GCT special stage ) - both with Carino
- 2009: 4th place in the final of the Global Champions Tour in Doha (CSI 5 *) with Carino
- 2010: 1st place in the Grand Prix of Augusta (CSI 3 *) with Caruso
- 2013: 1st place with the Ukrainian team in the Nations of Rome ( CSIO 5 *) with Verdi, 3rd place in the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead ( CSIO 5 *) with Carlina
Former and current horses
The most significant for Kirchhoff's career was Jus de Pommes horse (* 1986, † 1996), a chestnut -colored Belgian Warmblood stallion. His father was Primo des Bruyeres, the mother was descended from Opaline des Pins.
For a long time Carino (* 1995), a brown Holsteiner gelding ( Sire: Cassini I, mother of: Caretino ), his horse for Great Prices. This he set last 2012 in international sport.
Since the spring of 2013, Oleksandr Onishchenko makes him the previously ridden by Pius Schwizer and Trevor Coyle Holsteiner mare Carlina (* 2001) is available.