Certified Equine Appraiser &
Equine Expert Witness
Tanja grew up riding and showing horses in Germany. She had her first riding lesson at the age of 7 which started her lifelong passion for horses. An Oldenburger gelding named “Noblesse Oblige” became her four-legged partner for many years and started her lifelong passion for horses.
Tanja’s professional experience started in the legal industry. After being certified as legal secretary and specialized in bankruptcy law, she was part of a high-profile law firm in Germany for over nine years. In 2013, Tanja was offered a position in the International Department of the renowned law firm Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta, GA and moved to the United States. In addition to gaining working knowledge and valuable insights into the American Legal System, Tanja earned her Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B.) in 2018.
Tanja has been actively involved in equine care and horse behavior her entire life and has also gained extensive knowledge about boarding, buying, leasing and showing horses. When she moved to the US in 2013, she brought her international equestrian experience and continued to ride and show horses here in the US. Her professional demeanor and extensive knowledge provided a career path to working with horses full-time.
Tanja started leasing a dressage horse at Moon Rising Farm, a long-established private horse boarding facility with 28 horses, just outside of Washington, DC. The farm owner and Tanja’s trainer recognized her talent and skills. Soon she took over different horse care responsibilities on a weekly basis. When Tanja was offered the position as barn manager at Moon Rising Farm, she turned her lifelong passion into a full-time profession.
Her management responsibilities include feeding customized diets, taking care of injuries, monitoring horses for signs and symptoms of sickness or discomfort, administrating supplements and medicines and managing feed orders and medicine inventory. Implementing barn rules and protocols and keeping a watchful eye on horses and customers are additional responsibilities within the scope of her position as barn manager, in order to ensure the safety of riders, horses and boarders.
Since 2020 Tanja holds a USDF University diploma as recognition for her continuing education, awarded after successfully completing close to 100 courses and exams on various equine care, horse behavior and dressage topics. Additionally, Tanja is continuously extending her equine expertise with seminars and online course.
Tanja is an active member of the United Stated Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) and the Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) and competes at dressage shows on a regular basis.
Tanja joined The Equine Expert LLC, a platform of professional equine experts, as consultant and expert witness with specialties in barn management, behavior and appraising and will provide professional advice for all questions regarding her areas of expertise.