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KLIMKE Ingrid
Sport Dressage, Eventing, Jumping
NOC Germany   
GenderFemale
Born01 Apr 1968 in Münster, FRG
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? Her father competed in dressage and eventing at the Olympic Games. It was his dream that his children would follow him into the sport and he taught Ingrid to ride.
General Interest
Most influential person in career Her father. (wz-newsline.de, 29 Jul 2012)
Further Personal Information
Languages German, English
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Monica Theodorescu [national, dressage], GER; Peter Thomsen [national, eventing], GER; Kurt Gravemeier [personal, jumping], GER, from 2000
General Interest
Injuries She was affected by a shoulder injury in early 2022. (eurodressage.com, 04 Jan 2022)

In May 2021 she damaged ribs and her sternum after falling from her horse while competing in Baborowko, Poland. She required surgery and missed the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She was back in the saddle by August 2021. (horses.nl, 12 Aug 2021)

In May 2020 she fractured a thoracic vertebra after a fall from her horse in training. (eurodressage.com, 27 May 2020)

She underwent surgery for an intestinal problem in February 2016. She returned to competition the following month. (Twitter profile, 31 Mar 2016; horseandhound.co.uk, 26 Feb 2016)

She required surgery after injuring her knee in a fall at the 2011 Badminton Horse Trials in England. Her recovery took longer than expected and she was unable to compete at the 2011 German Championships. (equi-news.de, 30 Jun 2011, 14 Jun 2011)

She broke her leg in 2005. (horsemagazine.com, 27 Nov 2007)
Famous relatives Her late father Reiner Klimke represented Germany in dressage and eventing at the world championships and Olympic Games. Her brother Michael has competed in dressage for Germany at World Cup events, while her mother Ruth and her husband Andreas Busacker have also competed in equestrian sport at an elite level. Her oldest daughter Greta Busacker won the individual young rider title at the 2021 Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors in Segersjo, Sweden. (eventingnation.com, 18 Nov 2021; wn.de, 24 Jun 2018; horsenetwork.com, 14 Jul 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Apr 2016; eurodressage.com, 23 Mar 2015, 22 Jan 2013)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first tried riding before she could walk. "I just grew up with horses."
General Interest
Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
She became president of the German Riders and Drivers' Federation [DRFV] in 2012. In 2013 she began working as a solidarity ambassador for the International Equestrian Federation [FEI]. The role involves developing the sport around the world. She has also lectured on equine physiotherapy at the German Institute of Equine Osteopathy [DIPO], and assisted in the German National Federation's 'Improve Your Riding' seminar series. In addition she has held classes in theory and practice at the Westphalian Riding and Driving School in Munster, Germany. She is a board member of the Westphalian Horse Museum and became president of the European Equestrian Business Association [EEBA] in 2021. (ingrid-klimke.de, 08 Oct 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in equine management and trained as a bank clerk. She is also a qualified primary school teacher. (ingrid-klimke.de, 20 Sep 2017; rp-online.de, 18 Jul 2016; cnn.com, 13 Mar 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team St. Georg Munster: Germany
Further Personal Information
Residence Münster, GER
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2019 and 2020 she was presented with the Best Athlete Award by the International Equestrian Federation [FEI]. (fei.org, 11 Dec 2020; muensterschezeitung.de, 20 Nov 2019)

She was flag bearer for Germany at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Tryon, NC, United States of America. (pferd-aktuell.de, 11 Sep 2018)

In 2018 she was named Eventing Rider of the Year by the equestrian news magazine Noelle Floyd. (noellefloyd.com, 29 Dec 2018)

She was named the 2018 Sportswoman of the Year in Munster, Germany, which was the 11th time she had claimed the award. (wn.de, 21 Jan 2019; ingrid-klimke.de, 20 Sep 2017)

In 2016 she was presented with the Order of Merit for North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany in recognition of her equestrian and charitable achievements. (Facebook page, 20 Nov 2016)

She received the Silbernen Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2016. (ingrid-klimke, 20 Jan 2018)

In 2013 she received the Otto Lorke Prize from the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian. (ingrid-klimke, 20 Jan 2018)

She was voted the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year by the German television channel Sport 1. (pferd-aktuell.de, 07 Jan 2014)
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer, Lecturer, Teacher
Last Update
  03 Aug 2022
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "You must always have dreams and goals. Never rest, never think you have it all." (cnn.com, 13 Mar 2012)
Other sports She has represented Germany in dressage at World Cup events and competed in the sport at the 2022 World Championships in Herning, Denmark. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jan 2023)
Nicknames Ingi (deutsche-olympiamannschaft.de, 08 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and winning team gold at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012. (Naturheilkunde & Gesundheit Magazine, 01 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol German equestrian [and her father] Reiner Klimke, British eventer Lucinda Green, New Zealand eventer Mark Todd. (salonprivemag.com, 03 Jun 2020)
Hobbies Spending time outdoors and at the beach, cycling, walking, spending time with family and friends. (Naturheilkunde & Gesundheit Magazine, 01 Oct 2020)
Sport Specific Information
Training Regime She has personal training sessions twice a week.

Major Results
World Cup Final - Equestrian - Dressage
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2002 CDI-W Final 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) NECTOR VH CARELSHOF 7  
Olympic Games - Equestrian - Eventing
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 25 1
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 5 1
2004 OG-C Athens (GRE) SLEEP LATE RET 4
2000 OG-C Sydney NSW (AUS) SLEEP LATE 4 4
World Equestrian Games - Equestrian - Eventing
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 13 5
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) SLEEP LATE 34 1
Continental Championships and Games - Equestrian - Eventing
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-EU-C3* Malmö (SWE) FRH ESCADA JS 2 1
2011 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) PARMENIDES 4 9  
2011 CH-EU-C3* Luhmühlen (GER) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 11 1
2011 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) HALE BOB 3 WD  
2009 CH-EU-C3* Fontainebleau (FRA) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS RET 8
2007 CH-EU-C3* Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 10 7
2005 CH-EU-C3* Blenheim (GBR) SLEEP LATE 3  
1999 CH-EU-C3* Luhmühlen (GER) SLEEP LATE 39  
Other Events - Equestrian - Eventing
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 5  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 16  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) RF TABASCO RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS EL  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 2  
2007 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER) SLEEP LATE WD  
2006 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) SLEEP LATE 2  

Current Results
Sport Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
Equestrian - Eventing 26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CCI1* Arville (BEL)   ZILIA D 8  
Equestrian - Eventing 12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CIC3* Luhmühlen (GER)   FRH ESCADA JS 2  
Equestrian - Eventing 12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 28  
Equestrian - Eventing 23.05.2014 to 24.05.2014 CIC2* Maarsbergen (NED)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 1  
Equestrian - Eventing 23.05.2014 to 24.05.2014 CIC2* Maarsbergen (NED)   ZILIA D 5  
Equestrian - Eventing 08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CIC3* Marbach (GER)   FRH ESCADA JS 1  
Equestrian - Eventing 08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CIC3* Marbach (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 5  
Equestrian - Eventing 08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CIC1* Marbach (GER)   ZILIA D 26  
Equestrian - Eventing 10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CIC2* Kreuth (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 3  
Equestrian - Eventing 10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CIC1* Kreuth (GER)   ZILIA D 4  
Equestrian - Eventing 02.04.2014 to 02.04.2014 CIC2* Luhmühlen (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 14  
Equestrian - Eventing 02.04.2014 to 02.04.2014 CIC2* Luhmühlen (GER)   FRH ESCADA JS 15  
Equestrian - Eventing 02.04.2014 to 02.04.2014 CIC2* Luhmühlen (GER)   PARMENIDES 4 WD  
Equestrian - Eventing 10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 9 1
Equestrian - Eventing 20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC3* Schenefeld (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 3  
Equestrian - Eventing 05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 4  
Equestrian - Eventing 29.08.2013 to 01.09.2013 CH-EU-C3* Malmö (SWE)   FRH ESCADA JS 2 1
Equestrian - Eventing 08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   FRH ESCADA JS 5  
Equestrian - Eventing 08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 10  
Equestrian - Eventing 26.07.2013 to 28.07.2013 CIC2* Sahrendorf (GER)   RF TABASCO 1  
Equestrian - Eventing 26.07.2013 to 28.07.2013 CIC2* Sahrendorf (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 5  
Equestrian - Dressage 25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CDI4* Aachen (GER) D8 PHILIPS-Preis DRESDEN MANN 4  
Equestrian - Dressage 25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CDI4* Aachen (GER) D2 HAVENS Pferdefutter- Preis DRESDEN MANN 7  
Equestrian - Eventing 25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CICO3* Aachen (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 26  
Equestrian - Eventing 25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CICO3* Aachen (GER)   RF TABASCO 29  
Equestrian - Eventing 13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC3* Luhmühlen (GER)   FRH ESCADA JS 3  
Equestrian - Eventing 13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC3* Luhmühlen (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 16  
Equestrian - Eventing 13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC3* Luhmühlen (GER)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 22  
Equestrian - Eventing 13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   RF TABASCO RET  
Equestrian - Eventing 23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)   RF TABASCO 1 2
Equestrian - Eventing 23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 7  
Equestrian - Dressage 17.05.2013 to 20.05.2013 CDI4* Wiesbaden (GER) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music DRESDEN MANN 3  
Equestrian - Dressage 17.05.2013 to 20.05.2013 CDI4* Wiesbaden (GER) GP - Grand Prix DRESDEN MANN 6  
Equestrian - Eventing 17.05.2013 to 20.05.2013 CIC3* Wiesbaden (GER)   FRH ESCADA JS 1  
Equestrian - Eventing 10.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Marbach (GER)   RF TABASCO 1  
Equestrian - Eventing 10.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Marbach (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 3  
Equestrian - Eventing 03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 16  
Equestrian - Eventing 14.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC2* Bredeneek (GER)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS 1  
Equestrian - Eventing 14.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC2* Bredeneek (GER)   RF TABASCO 2  
Equestrian - Eventing 14.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC2* Bredeneek (GER)   FRH ESCADA JS 3  
Equestrian - Eventing 14.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC2* Bredeneek (GER)   HORSEWARE HALE BOB 6  
Equestrian - Dressage 28.02.2013 to 03.03.2013 CDI3* Bremen (GER) GP - Grand Prix LIOSTRO 48 4  
Equestrian - Dressage 28.02.2013 to 03.03.2013 CDI3* Bremen (GER) GPS - Grand Prix Special LIOSTRO 48 4  
Equestrian - Eventing 11.10.2012 to 14.10.2012 CCIO3*-NC Boekelo (NED)   FRH ESCADA JS   1
Equestrian - Eventing 28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS   1
Equestrian - Eventing 03.07.2012 to 08.07.2012 CICO3*-NC Aachen (GER)   FRH BUTTS ABRAXXAS   1
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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