Ingrid Klimke, 54 years old and riding for Germany, is one of the most important competitors in the eventing Test Event being held from today until Sunday at the Pratoni del Vivaro, a real rehearsal for the FEI World Championships™ 2022 (September 15-22).
Three times on the Olympic podium (team gold in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012, team silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016), bronze medal winner at the 2918 World Champions, twice the winner of the individual World Championships, the German rider with her SAP Hale Bob Old immediately made her presence felt today at the Pratoni during the first day of dressage finishing in the lead (24.8). That was no surprise since at a previous CCIO 4* in 2020, riding the same horse, Ingrid obtained the best score ever in dressage at the Pratoni (20.8) and also the best score ever in a 3-Day Event (24.4).
“I am delighted as SAP Hale Bob Old performed splendidly. He was fresh and felt very positive and reactive and gave me really a good feeling.”
Ingrid Klimke will be back in the dressage arena tomorrow as she is also competing with a second horse called Equistros Siena Just Do It. On Saturday instead she will be riding over the 3-55 km long cross-country course with its 37 jumps (optimum time 6'14”, maximum time 12'28”) designed by Giuseppe Della Chiesa.
“I walked the cross-country course yesterday and I think it’s fantastic and that the ground is in perfect condition. During the first part one goes up the hill and then comes back down where the jumps on the flat include a series of interesting but demanding and very tight combinations, including the water, to then finish with quite a flowing series of jumps. Among the combinations it is number 7 (“panoramic corners” – editor’s note) that is perhaps the most challenging, but so is the last but one, no. 14 (“the swan’s lake” – Editor’s note), especially if one does not have the correct line. In any case it is a course I know perfectly, and I always love being at Pratoni where there is everything one needs to do one’s best. The organisation too is perfect and Italian hospitality is always special.”
Ingrid has riding in her blood. Her father Rainer who won eight Olympic dressage medals (six gold – one individual and 5 with the team and 2 individual bronze ones), and competed in the 1960 Eventing Rome Olympic Games. He also won six World Championships and eight European Championships.
(Ingrid Klimke riding SAP Hale Bob OLD - ph. Massimo Argenziano)