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EQ Life May magazine: Why horses love Ingrid Klimke

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD.  © FEI/Massimo Argenziano

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. 

© FEI/Massimo Argenziano


Why horses love Ingrid Klimke

By Dr Kerry Mack

In Australia for a masterclass, Ingrid Klimke, the German Olympian dressage and eventing great, opened up at length to Equestrian Life on what drives her and how she relates to horses.

Ingrid Klimke is truly one of the giants of our sport. She has represented Germany at five Olympics, won two team gold medals (on the thoroughbred Butts Abraxxas) and a team silver on current champion, SAP Hale Bob. She was on the short list for the Tokyo Olympics in both the eventing (Hale Bob and SAP Asha P) and dressage (Franziskus). She has won many gold medals at World Equestrian Games and European Championships.

Ingrid is seen as one of the champions of the so-called classical approach to horse training. Her father, Reiner Klimke, was a giant in the sport in his day, winning gold medals in the dressage at six Olympic Games. He also competed at the Olympics in eventing, and was active in promoting the principles of classical training. So, Ingrid has an amazing depth of experience in both training and the competitive sport.

Ingrid paid a flying visit to Australia as a guest of Dressage Masterclass in February to do her only masterclass presentation for 2020...

Read the full article in the May issue of Equestrian Life magazine here.





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