Ingred Klimke, Olympic Eventing Gold Medalist, to Share Training Methods at Global Dressage Forum
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Olympic eventing gold medal winner Ingrid Klimke of Germany will share her dressage training methods at the Global Dressage Forum at Hooge Mierde in the Netherlands Oct. 29-30.
Ingrid, educated to be a banker, started her equestrian career in the three Olympic disciplines of eventing, jumping and dressage. She will provide an insight into her training methods, focusing on warming up and schooling of horses based on the German riding scale.
She will demonstrate the use of cavaletti’s, wooden poles typically used by jumpers that she said, “create motivation and engagement of the hind legs of my horses to improve the quality of the gaits and create cadence and elasticity.”
Ingrid will give practical demonstrations, together with her student Sophie Leube, with the six-year-old approved stallion Sir Schiwago and ride the eight-year-old gelding Dresden Mann that she won the Prix St. Georges in Hagen, Germany in April.
Of the 12 horses at her stable near Münster in Germany, half are in training for dressage and the other half are eventing horses, said the 44-year old.
As a young horse specialist, Ingrid has loved being part of many young horses’ lives as they journey to top eventing or top Grand Prix.
Damon Hill that compatriot Helen Langehanenberg rode on the silver medal team at the summer Olympics in London “was the most talented and willing horse I have ever brought up to be a Grand Prix winner,” she said. Ridden by Ingrid, Damon Hill won the 2006 World Young Horse Championships in Verden.
Helen will also present a clinic during the GDF.