Germany’s Michael Klimke Completes His Most Successful Global Dressage Show With Victory on Harmony’s Scout

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Michael Klimke riding Harmony’s Scout S in a national Int. II for the debut of the 10-year-old stallion to complete the German rider’s most successful Global Dressage Festival show beginning his fifth year of Florida competitions. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 13, 2019–Michael Klimke debuted the newly acquired Harmony’s Scout S to win a national Intermediate II Sunday to complete the German rider’s most successful Global Dressage Festival with four victories in seven CDI starts to begin his fifth year on the Florida winter circuit.

Michael and the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Scolari x Rhodiamant) scored 70.441 per cent. Scout is owned by Leslie Malone’s Harmony Sporthorses of Kiowa, Colorado for whom Michael has been riding for the past decade.

On Harmony’s Diabolo, the pair swept the CDI3* of Prix St. Georges, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate Freestyle.

“I’ve had him since he was six,” he said, “and I really think his highlight is strength mentally, with the nerves; he’s totally rideable. The gaits are good, and the highlight at the end is his availability for piaffe and pirouettes. He can really sit.”

Michael Klimke and Harmony’s Diabolo competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 SusanJStickle.com

The plan is to do small tour again at the end of January then to move Diabolo, a nine year-old Hanoverian gelding (Desperados x Rousseau) up to Intermediate II by the end of the Florida winter circuit.

After Global, he returns home to Münster with the aim of Diabolo being in Developing Grand Prix.

Michael also rode Harmony’s Sanrino RHP in the CDI debut of the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, winning the CDI1* Prix St. Georges and placing fourth in the Intermediate 1.

On Royal Dancer, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding in the third year at Big Tour, the duo placed first in the CDI3* Grand Prix and second in the Grand Prix Special.