Ingrid Klimke’s third win and the German team victory in the SAP-Cup

With precision work, the master rider, Ingrid Klimke,…

With precision work, the master rider, Ingrid Klimke, pulled off the feat that so many other pairs in the SAP-Cup had endeavoured to do, to no avail: Ride clear in the cross and stay within time. Achieving this aim meant she secured gold in both the individual and team classifications.


Ingrid Klimke and Hale Bob were lying in the third place in the individual rankings after the dressage and jumping. They were one of just three pairs to finish the course clear in the allowed time. The pair raced over the finish line accompanied by the thunderous applause of the crowd. Hale Bob or “Bobby” with his ears still pricked forwards still looked like he was ready to attack the course again. An overall score of 24.7 minus point meant the victory for Ingrid Klimke. It is already her third triumph at the Soers after winning in 2015 (Escada) and 2017 (Hale Bob). Second and third place went to the two other horse and rider combinations that were in the time: Michael Jung with Chipmunk (25.5 minus points), followed by Australia’s Christopher Burton with Quality Purdey (27.0).


The German team were already heading the leaderboard before the cross and were able to hold on to this lead with ease. On a total score of 94.5 minus points, the team comprising of Ingrid Klimke/Hale Bob, Michael Jung/Star Connection, Andreas Dibowski/Corrida and Josefa Sommer/Hamilton asserted itself against the teams from New Zealand (102.7) and Australia (112.4). Whereby Josefa Sommer Pech was rather unlucky because her horse, Hamilton, lost a horseshoe after the fourth obstacle already and she had to retire. However, fortunately all of her team colleagues jumped clear and Klimke was even in the time, so it didn’t affect the team result.


Difficult tasks


Rüdiger Schwarz has been building the cross-country course for the eventing in Aachen for 15 years. Everyone was in agreement that the tasks Schwarz had set the riders and horses in this year’s SAP-Cup were more difficult than ever before. “Yesterday evening, we knew that we had got a difficult course ahead of us,” was how Ingrid Klimke described the mood of the eventers on the eve of the cross. Rüdiger Schwarz was completely convinced with his design: “We know that good pairs compete here in Aachen. On arriving at the Soers one is already aware that the Grand Prix on Sunday is going to be more difficult than the Grand Prix in Münster – and that the four-star competition is going to be more difficult than anywhere else.”


On the whole, it was the three obstacle complexes that faced the riders with problems. On the one hand, the Rolex Complex (7 a-d), where after entering the water and riding under a bridge one had to take a narrow obstacle directly after a 90-degree turn. A fence that the horses didn’t see until very late. Peter Thomsen took a fall here with Casino, because the grey horse tried to jump over the corner at the widest point. “A mistake of the rider” according to the German national coach, Hans Melzer’s analysis. Thomsen steered the horse in the direction of the obstacle too late. The Turkish Airlines Complex (15 a, b and c) was the next big challenge. Here narrow elements had been built in the middle of a driving obstacle, which confused the horses for instance if the riders headed towards the obstacle too fast. Finally, the STAWAG Complex just before entering the stadium, a corner followed by two hedges at an angle demanded the full concentration of both the horses and riders.


The riders had to make sure they reduced their speed before taking these obstacles. Then, they had to make up for the time they lost on the long stretches in between the fences. This demands condition and very well-ridden horses. It wasn’t impossible to make the time, because the ground was perfect, as Michael Jung praised. In the end, Rüdiger Schwarz‘s strategy paid off – even if he did admit that he had been a “bit sad” in the middle after the many run-outs, especially in the water complex. But particularly the last ten pairs impressively demonstrated that the tasks set were indeed manageable. And the three that ultimately stood on the winner’s podium, are actually three of the best eventers in the world: Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung and Chris Burton.


The performance of Michael Jung’s Chipmunk, who won here in Aachen last year under Julia Krajewski and who now came second with his new rider is worth a special mention. The three-time Olympic gold medallist, Michael Jung is of course delighted that they are harmonising together so quickly: “It is fun to see how quickly we have grown together. One notices the difference from competition to competition and at home.”


Germany in the lead in the Nations Cup classification of the SAP-Cup, Laura Collett heads the field in the individual classification

After the dressage, two German riders were in…

After the dressage, two German riders were in the lead on the first day of the SAP-Cup 2019, however after both picked up four faults in the jumping, they slipped back into third and fourth place. Nevertheless, the German team is still heading the ranking after the dressage and jumping results. The British rider, Laura Collett, is currently lying in first place after recording her personal best result.


The results of the riders were very close after the dressage. The European Champions and World Championship bronze medallists, Ingrid Klimke and Hale Bob put in a fantastic performance in the dressage arena. Their score: 79.31 percent or 20.7 minus points. That put the pair in first place ahead of the multi-champion, Michael Jung, with his new aspiring Championship horse, Chipmunk, who left the arena with a score of 21.5 minus points. Chipmunk is already familiar with heading the lap of honour at the Soers, because he won the individual classification of the CCIO4*-S last year with his former trainer, Julia Krajewski.


Both pairs subsequently collected four penalty points in the jumping ring and thus fell back in the ranking behind the British eventer, Laura Collett with the Holstein-bred Landos son, London, and the number one in the world ranking list, New Zealand’s Tim Price with Wesko. Both Collett and Price jumped clear, adding no points to their respective dressage scores of 22.90 and 23.80 minus points. Ingrid Klimke and “Bobby” are now lying in third place, Michel Jung in fourth place prior to the final cross-country competition tomorrow.


Three further German riders follow in fifth to seventh place respectively. Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise (26.10 minus points), followed by Dirk Schrade with Unteam de la Cense (26.70) and Michael Jung with his second horse, Star Connection (26.90).


Nations Cup Classification


After the dressage and jumping, the German team is in the lead on a total score of 80.5 minus points. In addition to Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung with Star Connection (currently seventh place) the German squad is completed by Andreas Dibowski with Corrida (12th place, 28.90 minus points) and Josefa Sommer with Hamilton (19th/32.10).


The titleholders New Zealand are lying in second place with 83.10 minus points. The team comprises of Tim Price with Wesko, his wife Jonelle with Fairie Dianimo (8th /26.90), Jesse Campbell with Cleveland (20th/32.40) and Daniel Jocelyn with Blackthorn Cruise (36th/44.60).


Third place in the team classification is currently occupied by the British quartet, comprising of the current leader Laura Collett, Piggy French with Quarrycrest Echo (11th/28.70), Gemma Tattersall with Jalapeno (25th/35.60) and Imogen Murray with Ivar Gooden (33th/40.20).


Tomorrow the concluding competition of the eventers, the cross-country course, is on the agenda. Laura Collets comment after walking the course: “Serious cross-country track tomorrow.”


Result of the vet check for the eventing horses.

All of the horses entered for the SAP-Cup,…

All of the horses entered for the SAP-Cup, the eventing competition, passed the compulsory vet check today except for Tacoma d’Horset, the horse of the Japanese rider. The pair will not be competing.