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The Incomparable Ingrid Klimke

In her latest book, Training Horses the Ingrid Klimke Way, the author writes that it is very important to her that all her horses experience a fundamental education which is rich in variety and emphasizes versatility “no matter what discipline they will specialize in later.” The newly crowned European eventing champion is all in with versatility. It’s been her ethos, inherited from her father, six-time Olympic medalist Reiner Klimke, since she was a kid riding bareback and popping over cavalettis. Variety, she says, teaches balance, and a seat independent of the hands is an essential part of riding. Of the 51 athletes registered with the FEI in three Olympic disciplines, only Ingrid, a key member of Germany’s elite eventing team for 17 years, competes at the highest levels in all three. To illustrate, on the Tuesday of this summer’s CHIO Aachen, Ingrid was guiding her European champion Horseware Hale Bob…

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