Julia Kathmann has already clocked up many air miles for photo shoots or press work – travelling among others to Brazil, America, Spain or China. For example she was the first and only German journalist to travel to the first Chinese equestrian sport exhibition in Shanghai. She has been summoned to Brazil several times by the significant Lusitano Studs to take photos of the auction horses. Furthermore, she was responsible for the journalistic coverage of a young, motivated team that wrote history with its Olympic Games participation in Hong Kong: The team comprised among others of Luisa Almeida Tavares, the youngest ever Olympic dressage rider – who at the tender age of only 16 competed amid this amazing setting on the Lusitano stallion, Samba. Moreover, it was the first time that Brazil had managed to send a team to the Olympic Games. This special occasion was further enhanced by the fact that all of the riders took part on Lusitano horses. Julia Kathmann’s contacts with Brazil were established by the Brazilian national coach, Johan Zagers, a long time acquaintance of hers, since she rode at his stables in Düsseldorf for years.
After eight years in Düsseldorf she has in the meantime moved to live with her partner Lutz Kathmann in Vechta, where she is responsible for marketing the dressage horses at his stud, the Ludwig Kathmann Stallion Station. Her journalistic experience reaches back a long way: Born in Heidelberg, she already completed an internship at the publishing company of a daily newspaper while she was in the 11th Grade at school and after passing her higher education entrance qualification (A’ Levels) she went to work for the famous stud photographer, Bernd Eylers, where she learnt how to present stallions in their best light. She broke off her degree in Biology and German Language Studies to become a trainee at the Reiter Revue. After several years as part of the Reiter Revue team in Düsseldorf, she became self-employed in 2005 and has been working as a freelance journalist, PR specialist and photographer ever since.
Expressive portraits, classic still images, dynamic sporting shots and exciting reporter photos are her trademark. Many well-known studs such as the Prussendorf State Stud, the Schurf Stud Station, Beckmann Stallions; equestrian athletes such as Patrik Kittel/SWE, Johan Zagers/BEL or Catherine Haddad/USA as well as manufacturers including Mattes Lambskin Products rely on her photography talents, which are also in demand abroad too: For instance the breeder of the licensed stallion, Happy Diamond, flew to Florida, in order to do a portrait of the horses of the World Championship rider, Dr. Cesar Parra, and she was invited to Spain by the Olympic Games participant, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, in order to take pictures of her Equus Villa and its residents. Together with Klaus Balkenhol, who was the US national coach at the time, she visited the American riders in California just before they competed at the World Championships in Aachen and travelled to the Iberian Peninsula with the Spanish team coach Jean Bemelmans to pay a visit to the national team members. This resulted in very personal portraits of top international riders.
The list of magazines that Julia Kathmann has worked for in the past and present, is long: Reiter Revue, Züchterforum, Pferdesport international, Rheinlands Reiter, St. Georg, Freizeitreiter, Dressage Today, Mein Pferd, Equus and many more. Her photos adorn numerous covers. In addition, she photographed the majority of the themes for the book “Besser Reiten” (Better Riding) by Christoph Hess. The classic book “Ausgewählte Hengste” (Selected Stallions) has entrusted her with portraits of exceptionally renowned stallions like Capitol, Rubinstein, Landgraf, Pilot, Polydor, For Pleasure, Sandro Hit, etc. for years too. Julia Kathmann produces the stallion catalogue for Paul Schockemöhle ever year. She describes the CHIO Aachen as being a personal highlight each year: As a Press Reporter she namely forms part of the CHIO team at the biggest equestrian sport event in the world.
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