Ingrid Klimke:
Euro Gold at Last

21 August 2017

Ingrid Klimke has many, many accolades to her name.

Aside from being one of the most universally likeable athletes in the sport she’s also an Olympic gold medalist, WEG gold medalist, Reitmaster (German Riding Master)…the list goes on.

 

Now she can finally add one title which has consistently eluded her year after year – FEI European Eventing Champion!

 

 

“I’m really thrilled. He was so bold, it was pure fun”
Ingrid made short work of the undulating course

Aboard her horse Horseware Hale Bob, who gave Ingrid her first ever 4* win, she beat out her teammate and hot favourite Michael Jung to stand atop the podium and receive her gold medal.

 

The cross-country course at Strzegom, Poland, was a test of endurance, speed and riding ability and was the undoing of many of the 77 starters, including Bettina Hoy.

 

 

Ingrid made short work of the undulating course, cruising through with relative ease to come home clear and within the time - one of only four riders to do so.

 

In typical Ingrid style, her post-xc comments were humble.

 

"I’m really thrilled. He was so bold, it was pure fun," she said. When she was asked about her individual medal hopes she shrugged and focused mainly on her teammates. "It’s on now, so we hope tomorrow will be a good day. But first, we cross our fingers that Michael will have a good round, and also Kai [Ruder]. So I hope there will be two more good German riders."

 

 

Entering the showjumping, Ingrid had everything resting on a perfect performance.

One pole would have dropped her into second place and given Michael Jung a historic fourth win in a row at the European Eventing Championships.

 

She rode a beautifully calm and stylish round with Hale Bob, drawing only one tense ‘oooh’ from the crowd as they tapped fence 8b, but thankfully left it up and steered her horse to a much-needed clear round.

 

All in all, the European Eventing championships were a joy to watch.  After piloting her horse through each phase with exemplary skill, calmness and focus Ingrid struggled to fight back tears on the podium as she accepted her gold medal.

 

And we can’t think of a more deserving winner!