Ingrid Klimke

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Ingrid Klimke
Olympic champion

Focus: Eventing & Dressage

„Ride for your pleasure!"

“My father has always told me: “Ride for your pleasure!”. And I feel pleasure watching my horses become more beautiful in the training process and learn to respond to the lightest aids."

Encouraged by her parents, Ingrid Klimke was involved with horses from a very young age. Her father, Dr. Reiner Klimke, was one of the most successful Olympians of all time. Her mother, Ruth, is an honorary member of the FN and holds the German Riding Cross award.

The European Championships in 1991 were her first international championship no longer competing as a junior or young rider. She managed to win bronze in both the individual and team eventing divisions aboard Pinot. Further success followed at the German Championships in both eventing and dressage.

She has ridden in all Olympic Games since 2000 and won two Olympic team gold medals. She has received countless prizes and awards for her success and accomplishments as well as being awarded the title “Riding Master”. Having turned her passion into her career, Ingrid Klimke is renowned world-wide for her success in both eventing and dressage at the highest levels.

Ingrid received her classical dressage education from her father and later from her mentor, Major Paul Stecken. Her early show jumping training was with Fritz Ligges. She went on to train with Ian Miller, Anne Kursinski, and the former National Trainer of the German Show Jumping Team, Kurt Gravemeier. For eventing, Ingrid trains with the National Team trainer Christopher Bartle, and Hans Melzer. The work in hand and the double lunge work are done under the tutelage of Wilfried Gehrmann.    

She says of all her teachers: “I have received very consistent coaching from all of them which results in an approach to training that develops an incredible level of trust between horse and rider, and that never asks too much of the horse."

In the most recent years of her successful career, she won the European championships with Hale Bob in 2017 and earned no fewer than 7 gold medals as part of the German team in European Championships, World Equestrian Games, and at the Olympic Games.

You can find out more about Ingrid on her website.

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