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Sandra Auffarth: Germany’s Golden Girl of Eventing

There’s nothing complicated about Sandra Auffarth. Eventing’s new world champion is as straightforward as her path to the upper echelon of one of sport’s most challenging disciplines. Horses have been a way of life for the 28-year-old farmer’s daughter from the Oldenburg region of northern Germany. Her heroes are her parents, Karl-Heinz and Bärbel Auffarth, staunch supporters since they first led her into the show ring at age four. Two horses have had enormous influence on Sandra’s career: the home-bred orphaned foal Carlos, who carried her to junior and young rider honours, and the French-bred Opgun Louvo*. She joined forces with the chestnut gelding eight years ago and together they have won European and Olympic medals. Then last August, at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, they exemplified the power of their perfect partnership with the World Championship title. Life must be pretty hectic for you, even more so since…

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