Flash Quotes: Laura Klaphake How did the CHIO…
Flash Quotes: Laura Klaphake
How did the CHIO Aachen kick off for you?
Klaphake: I have brought four horses to Aachen with me – two horses for 5* classes, a youngster and a horse for the U25 competition. I rode, Carmina, a very inexperienced horse in the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup yesterday. She did well considering that. Because for an inexperienced horse it is very unnerving here in Aachen. Then I rode Bantou Balou in the STAWAG Opening Jumping. Overall I am satisfied.
A small review of the past months, when a great deal has happened in your life: How was it for you?
Klaphake: 2017 was an incredibly successful year for me. I hadn’t reckoned with it at all. I tried to be as relaxed as possible in all of the classes, which worked most of the time. After my successful ride in the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen last year, I was also allowed to compete in Gothenburg and Barcelona too. That was fantastic!
Do you remain cool there?
Klaphake: I simply try to stay relaxed. But at the end of the day I am not a machine and neither is the horse. We do our very best, but one always has to wait and see how things turn out. One also has to make sure that one continues to enjoy riding and that the horses do as well and that one forms a great team together with one’s partner, the horse.
What are your goals – short-term for the CHIO Aachen and long-term for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon?
Klaphake: Of course, here at the CHIO Aachen I would like to qualify for the Rolex Grand Prix, which is not so easy. If I manage that, it would of course be wonderful to receive a nomination for Tryon. But a lot of different factors have to come together for that to happen. We will definitely try our very hardest and see what happens in the end! Catch me if you can is certainly a huge fighter – I think it wouldn’t make a difference what I place in front of him here, he would jump over it. And when things are important, he can really focus well.