Open main menu

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.

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
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Tryon Individual 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
Gold medal – first place 2019 Luhmühlen Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2019 Luhmühlen 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

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]

YouthEdit

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.

CCI5* ResultsEdit

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

International Championship ResultsEdit

Results
Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1999 European Championships Sleep Late 39th Individual
2000 Olympic Games Sleep Late 4th Team
2002 Dressage World Cup Final Nector vh Carelshof 7th
2004 Olympic Games Sleep Late 4th Team
RET Individual
2005 European Championships Sleep Late   Individual
2006 World Young Horse Championships Seacookie TSF 8th CCI**
2006 World Equestrian Games Sleep Late   Team
34th Individual
2007 European Championships FRH Butts Abraxxas 7th Team
10th Individual
2008 Olympic Games FRH Butts Abraxxas   Team
5th Individual
2009 European Championships FRH Butts Abraxxas 8th Team
RET Individual
2010 World Equestrian Games FRH Butts Abraxxas 5th Team
13th Individual
2011 World Young Horse Championships Parmenides 4 9th CCI**
SAP Hale Bob OLD WD CCI**
2011 European Championships FRH Butts Abraxxas   Team
11th Individual
2012 Olympic Games FRH Butts Abraxxas   Team
25th Individual
2013 European Championships SAP Escada FRH   Team
  Individual
2014 World Young Horse Championships Zilia D 12th CCI**
2014 World Equestrian Games SAP Escada FRH   Team
13th Individual
2015 World Young Horse Championships Weisse Duene 21st CCI*
2015 European Championships SAP Hale Bob OLD   Team
5th Individual
2016 World Young Horse Championships Weisse Duene   CCI**
2016 Olympic Games SAP Hale Bob OLD   Team
14th Individual
2017 European Championships SAP Hale Bob OLD 10th Team
  Individual
2018 World Equestrian Games SAP Hale Bob OLD 5th Team
  Individual
2019 European Championships SAP Hale Bob OLD   Team
  Individual
2019 World Young Horse Championships Equistros Siena Just Do It WD CCI***
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

Notable HorsesEdit

  • 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

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ingrid Klimke". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010.