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Hardy Zantke 

Torrance, CA
(310) 375-6162

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Torrance, CA
(310) 375-6162
4622 Paseo De Las Tortugas
Torrance, CA 90505

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I learned to drive horses as a youngster with draft-teams at my grandfather’s drayage company in East Germany. I later had a formal riding education in the West German army. After immigrating to the U.S. with my wife Jutta and settling in Torrance, CA we became one of the top competitors in Combined Driving in the USA in the 80′s and 90′s with our pairs of 17 hand bay Holsteiner geldings. We competed regularly throughout the entire U.S. and Canada and were first alternate of the U.S. team at the 1993 World Pair Driving Championship. We brought up two pairs from importing them as three year olds to being longlisted with the USET. We also competed with a four-in-hand and reached the USET List of Developing Drivers with the team. We retired from active competition in 2005. We were co-organizers of the Calif.Classic CDE from 1990 - 2000, which was the prime CDE and only USET Selection trial in the West at that time.


I am a retired transportation executive, have represented a German carriage manufacturer for many years and have been a well known clinician. I am a licensed ADS, USEF & FEI Driving as well as Para Equestrian Driving Judge, both on FEI 3* Level and actively judge here and abroad. I am an Honorary Director of the ADS and have served on many committees of AHSA, USET, USEF and ADS.  With my background as competitor, organizer & judge I have served as Chef d’Equipe from 1996 to 2006 for thirteen U.S. Teams which brought home five medals. I write for various driving magazines and my articles have been  published in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and the USA. In 2000 I received the ADS Presidents Award for my contributions to driving and in 2014 I was honored as one of 40 outstanding ADS members.