Ingrid Klimke

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Ingrid Klimke
Olympic champion

Focus: Eventing & Dressage

„Ride for your pleasure!"

My father always said to me Ride for your pleasure!. This pleasure comes when my horses, through their work, learn to react to the finest of aids and become more beautiful to ride

Encouraged by her parents, Ingrid Klimke was involved with horses from a very young age. Her father, 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.

In her first International Championship in 1991, the European Championships, no longer riding as a junior or young rider, she managed to win Bronze in both the individual and team divisions aboard Pinot. Further success followed at the German Championships in eventing as well as dressage.

She has ridden at every Olympic Games since the year 2000 and won 2 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 job, Ingrid Klimke is renowned world-wide for her success in both eventing and dressage at the highest level.

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

Of all her teachers, she says through everyone I have trained with I have come away with a consistent and fair approach to training that develops an intensive level of trust between horse and rider, that doesnt over face the horse

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

You can find out more about Ingrid on her website.

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Videos from Ingrid Klimke

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Condition, coordination or muscle building: The training on the hill is extremely effective and offers a valuable change in the basic training of both young and experienced horses. Ingrid Klimke takes you to one of her hill sessions and explains what is important.

Duration: 22:10 Minutes

Basic training of the young horse: Important lessons in the dressage arena

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Duration: 25:17 Minutes

Basics of dressage – Exercises for a 4-year-old horse

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In this video, Olympic champion Ingrid Klimke takes you to the dressage area while training a 4-year-old stallion. Learn or review your basics of dressage exercises: Ingrid will explain to you the exact aids for half halts, transitions and riding with the correct impulsion.

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Cavaletti exercises in canter: turning, distances and gymnastic grids

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Whether a more expressive canter or a better pirouette, the cavaletti exercises in canter produces amazing results. In this video, Ingrid Klimke demonstrates the various possible exercises.

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Cavaletti exercises in trot: improve rhythm, activity, cadence and tracking up

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In this video, Ingrid Klimke demonstrates various exercises to do on trot, using cavalettis. With different levels of difficulty and training goals, every horse-rider pair has the right task for them.

Duration: 26:17 Minutes

Cavaletti Training: The appropriate equipment, correct set up and walk exercises

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Duration: 17:19 Minutes

Soma Bay Part 5: Trot-halt transitions and riding simple changes

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Soma Bay Part 4: walk-canter transitions & walk pirouettes

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Duration: 22:18 Minutes

Soma Bay part 3: Transitions, counter canter and turn on the haunches

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Duration: 26:37 Minutes

Soma Bay Part 2: Dressage training outside the arena

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Soma Bay Part 1: The first steps of the training scale - Rhythm, suppleness & contact

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Just Paul Part 7: Riding outside and first jumping training

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Just Paul part 5: Preparation for the first competition

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Just Paul Part 4: The leg aids and a correct contact

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Just Paul Part 3: dressage training in windy and noisy conditions

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Duration: 10:00 Minutes

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Duration: 09:15 Minutes

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