Kevin Kohmann to Switch to Ride for USA After Helping Germany Capture Wellington Nations Cup

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Kevin Kohmann riding Five Star on the German team in the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 18, 2021–Kevin Kohmann became an American citizen two days before he rode Five Star to help Germany win their first dressage Nations Cup in the United States Friday and will switch to ride for the United States.

Kevin, 32 years old and a trainer at Terri and Devon Kane’s Diamante Farms in Wellington, said although he holds dual citizenship he will switch to ride for the U.S.

Kevin was born in Hamburg but grew up in Pansdorf on the Baltic Sea.

He has had a successful career in equestrian sports, starting with ponies, winning the pony regional championship in 2002. He was regarded as a talented young professional and recruited to the United States in 2007 where he worked under some top trainers including Oded Shimoni, who is also based in Wellington.

Kevin joined Diamante Farms in 2014 and has developed an outstanding reputation as a trainer, including coaching his long time student, Natalie Pai to reserve U.S. champion in the Under-25 Brentina Cup.

He began competing Five Star, an 11-year-old KWPN stallion owned by Equitas LLC, at international level last November. Since then the pair have started 12 times at Small Tour at Global for 10 victories and two second places plus the two performances on Germany’s team to win the Nations Cup gold medal. He also competed on the German team at the 2019 Nations Cup in Wellington.