Charlotte graduated from Hollins University in 1994 with a BA in Economics/Business and a minor in Biology.  After graduation, she moved to California.   For the next year, Charlotte worked for Jim Hagman at Elvenstar Farms and then spent the next five years working for John Bragg at Bridgeport Farms. While working for John, she came to realize that her knowledge of educating show horses was limited.

In order to achieve her goals, she needed to travel to Europe where they are known for producing the majority of the world’s top show horses.  Charlotte was fortunate enough to begin her training in Switzerland working for a true horseman and horse dealer, Gerhard Etter.   After working almost a year for Gerhard as a sales rider, she decided to move to Germany; the country where a majority of Grand-Prix and Olympic horses are produced.  Charlotte continued her journey working at the Zweibrucken Pferdeverband.  She continued to work in Germany for another six years for different sales barns and breeders.  She spent her years working for Axel  Woeckener, Wulf Rulf, some private breeders and Hauke Luther.

In Germany, Charlotte had many placings in the young horse classes called Springpferde. These classes are 3’6, 3’9 and 4’0 classes (1.10 meters – 1.30 meters).  These classes are for horses six years and under and are judged on style and riding ability.  She also had success in competing horses in the regular jumper classes where the placings are based on time and faults.  She had numerous placings in 1.10 to 1.40 meter classes.

At the conclusion of September 2009, Charlotte decided to return to America and start her own business, Trans-Atlantic Show Horses. She began selling horses that she trained in concert with training and instruction of clients.

Charlotte Gerstenfeld

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