Katie Kappler

Katie Kappler LLC –
We are proud to work closely with Chris’s sister Katie whose training business is based just outside of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois. Chris and Katie have supported each other’s careers in the horse industry since they started riding together at ages 8 and 9, and their cooperation is a great asset to the students and horses in their barns. We are also excited that Savannah Talcott, a former assistant trainer at Chris Kappler Inc, is now the professional rider and assistant trainer at Katie Kappler LLC. After a successful junior career, including a team gold medal at the North American Junior Rider Championships and an individual silver medal at Harrisburg’s Prix de States junior jumper championships, Savannah spent three years training with Chris as a professional rider and trainer before joining Katie in the spring of 2016.

Holger Hetzel

Holger–Hetzel Stables –
Chris and Holger met at the World Cup Finals in Dortmand in 1990. Their friendship has only grown stronger over the last 25 years of working together riding, training, buying and selling horses. Holger has helped us find many great horses, and also provides us with a European base at his beautiful farm in Goch, Germany when we travel to Europe to compete. In 2016 we welcomed his daughter Laura to our stable in Wellington FL for the WEF circuit and look forward to more riders from his stable joining us for showing tours in the US. Every year Holger hosts his well known Sporthorse auction in early December, which offers a selection of top jumpers from 4-8 years old. Holger’s auction includes future international Grand Prix horses, like Ludger Beerbaum’s Chiara who was sold at his 2007 auction, as well as young horses with the talent and mentality to be produced by children, juniors and amateurs into showjumping superstars. We always look forward to seeing his collection of horses and attending the auction!