Ingrid Klimke

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Ingrid Klimke
Ingrid Klimke Butts Abraxxas cross country London 2012.jpg
Ingrid Klimke and Butts Abraxxas competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Medal record
Representing  Germany
Equestrian
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team eventing
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team eventing
World Equestrian Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Aachen Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2014 Normandy Team eventing
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Luhmühlen Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2013 Malmo Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2015 Blair Castle Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2017 Strzegom Individual eventing
Silver medal – second place 2013 Malmo Individual eventing
Silver medal – second place 2017 Strzegom Team eventing
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Blenheim Individual eventing

Ingrid Klimke (born 1 April 1968 in Münster, Germany[1]) is a German eventing rider. She appeared at five Olympics from 2000 to 2016.[2] With her horse Abraxxas, she won two gold medals in team eventing at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won a team silver with Hale-Bob.

She is the daughter of equestrian Reiner Klimke. Like her father, she rides in both eventing and dressage at international events, for example, she was placed seventh at the 2002 Dressage World Cup Final with Nector van het Carelshof.[3]

In January 2012 she was appointed to the position of "Reitmeister" (Riding Master, a special title of the German Equestrian Federation). Klimke is the second woman ever to be appointed as "Reitmeister".[4]

Youth[edit]

Through her father, Klimke started to work with horses at a very young age.

She states that she never thought about a career in equestrianism. Since her youth she has been competing in dressage, show jumping and eventing. Her trainers were, besides her father, Fritz Ligges and Ian Millar. About her trainers she says:

I received a consistent training from all of them, which was geared to develop an intensive bonding between horse and rider and to never overburden the horses. Being Ian Millar’s working student I learned everything about care and show jumping and I am really grateful towards my father for making that stay abroad possible.

After her school days, she began an apprenticeship as a bank clerk and afterwards she began to study to become a teacher. Later she realized that it was not possible to this and keep riding at the same time so she decided to dedicate herself to equestrianism and horse training.

CCI 4* Results[edit]

Results
Event Kentucky Badminton Luhmühlen Burghley Pau Adelaide
2006 2nd, silver medalist(s) (Sleep Late)
2007 WD (Sleep Late)
2008-2009 Did not participate
2010 2nd, silver medalist(s) (Butts Abraxxas)
2011 EL (Butts Abraxxas)
2012 Did not participate
2013 16th (Butts Abraxxas) RET (RF Tabasco) 4th (Butts Abraxxas)
2014 28th (Hale Bob) 1st, gold medalist(s) (Hale Bob)
2015 2nd, silver medalist(s) (Hale Bob) 1st, gold medalist(s) (Escada)
2016 Did not participate
2017 9th (Hale Bob)
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

Notable Horses[edit]

  • Sleep Late - 1991 Gray British Sport Horse Gelding (Kuwait Beach XX x Evening Trial)
    • 1999 European Championships - Individual 39th Place
    • 2000 Sydney Olympics - Team Fourth Place
    • 2004 Athens Olympics - Team Fourth Place
    • 2005 European Championships - Individual Bronze Medal
    • 2006 World Equestrian Games - Team Gold Medal
  • Nector vh Carelshof - 1990 Bay Gelding
    • 2002 FEI Dressage World Cup Final - Seventh Place
  • FRH Butts Abraxxas - 1997 Gray Hanoverian Gelding (Heraldik XX x Kronenkranich XX)
    • 2007 European Championships - Team Seventh Place, Individual Tenth Place
    • 2008 Beijing Olympics - Team Gold Medal, Individual Fifth Place
    • 2009 European Championships - Team Eighth Place
    • 2010 World Equestrian Games - Team Fifth Place, Individual 13th Place
    • 2011 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual 11th Place
    • 2012 London Olympics - Team Gold Medal, Individual 25th Place
  • SAP Escada FRH - 2004 Bay Hanoverian Mare (Embassy I x Lehnsherr)
    • 2013 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
    • 2014 World Equestrian Games - Team Gold Medal, Individual 13th Place
    • 2015 Luhmuhlen CCI**** Winner
  • SAP Hale Bob OLD - 2004 Bay Oldenburg Gelding (Helikon XX x Noble Champion)
    • 2014 Pau CCI**** Winner
    • 2015 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual Fifth Place
    • 2016 Rio Olympics - Team Silver Medal, Individual 14th Place
    • 2017 European Championships - Team Tenth Place, Individual Gold Medal
  • Weisse Duene - 2009 Gray Holsteiner Mare (Clarimo x Romino)
    • 2016 FEI Eventing Young Horse World Championships - Gold Medal

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