Klimke conquers Pau – Canada’s Robinson finishes seventh

Ingrid Klimke (GER), multiple gold medallist at Olympic, World and European level, with her 10-year-old Horseware Hale Bob (“Bobby”), celebrated in front of excited fans after winning the first leg of FEI Classics™ 2014/15 at Les Etoiles de Pau. (Trevor Holt/FEI)


The beaming smile said it all. Ingrid Klimke (GER), one of the most popular and talented riders in Eventing, finally secured her first CCI4* victory, at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/15.

Klimke has won six team gold medals at Olympic, World and European level, and now she looks to have found the complete event horse in Horseware Hale Bob, a 10-year-old Oldenburger by Helikon.

The Jumping course at Pau is always challenging, and this year was no exception, but the influence of yesterday’s Cross Country time meant that scores were spread out and so riders had some leeway for error.

When, to great disappointment, Joseph Murphy’s (IRL) Electric Cruise was eliminated at the final Horse Inspection, Andreas Dibowski (GER) and FRH Butts Avedon moved up into the runner-up spot. Their two fences down did not affect their placing, and meant that Klimke was handed a three-fence advantage, but the spring-heeled Horseware Hale Bob only hit one rail, on the triple oxer.

There were only three clear rounds from the 19 finishers, and Arnaud Boiteau (FRA) with Quoriano ENE HN and New Zealander Jonelle Price on the pretty grey mare Faerie Dianimo produced two of them, moving up into third and fourth places respectively.

Murphy had some compensation with fifth place, despite three rails down, on a keen-looking Sportsfield Othello. Erin Sylvester (USA) made the long journey across the Atlantic worthwhile with sixth place on No Boundaries and Canada’s Kathryn Robinson secured her first CCI4* completion in style with seventh place on Let It Bee.

Nicola Wilson finished eighth and best of the British contingent on One Two Many, a good round just marred by the pair’s misjudgement coming into the double, when they had both parts down.

“This was a pure show jumping course and you needed an adjustable horse for the varying distances, which wasn’t easy the day after a 12-minute Cross Country course,” said Klimke. “Often the Jumping phase is my biggest fear, but this time I had no worries because I knew my horse is a great jumper.”

Klimke was clearly thrilled with her first CCI4* win: “Let’s drink to that!” she said. “I have loved my visit to Pau – it’s a wonderful event with a wonderful crowd.”

Get to know the winner
Ingrid Klimke (GER), 46, is the daughter of the late, legendary Dr Reiner Klimke, an Olympic gold medallist and one of the most decorated Dressage riders in history.

Klimke’s “day job” is producing Dressage horses, as is that of her brother, Michael, but she is best known as a key member of Germany’s extraordinarily successful Eventing team since 2000.

Riding Sleep Late, Klimke won team and individual bronze medals at the FEI European Championships at Blenheim (GBR) in 2005 and team gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen (GER) in 2006. With FRH Butts Abraxxas, she won team gold at the 2011 FEI European Championships in Luhmuhlen (GER) and both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Riding FRH Escada JS, Klimke won team gold and individual silver at last year’s FEI European Championships in Malmo (SWE) and team gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).

Until now, her best CCI4* results were second on Sleep Late at Badminton in 2006. Klimke lives in Munster, is married to Andreas Busacker and has two daughters, Greta and Philippa.

Final results
1 Ingrid Klimke/Horseware Hale Bob (GER) 39.3 + 0.8 + 4 = 44.1
2 Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Avedon (GER) 40.7 + 5.6 + 8 = 54.3
3 Arnaud Boiteau/Quoriano ENE HN (FRA) 52.8 + 4.0 + 0 = 56.8
4 Jonelle Price/Faerie Dianimo (NZL) 48.3 + 11.2 + 0 = 59.5
5 Joseph Murphy/Sportsfield Othello (IRL) 53.8 + 2.4 + 12 = 68.2
6 Erin Sylvester/No Boundaries (USA) 59.3 + 9.6 + 4 = 72.9
7 Kathryn Robinson/Let It Bee (CAN) 50.5 + 18.4 + 8 = 76.9
8 Nicola Wilson/One Two Many (GBR) 41.2 + 11.6 + 8 = 80.8
9 Lauren Kieffer/Veronica (USA) 44.2 + 27.2 + 12 = 83.4
10 Kevin McNab/Fernhill Quality Street (AUS) 58.0 + 19.2 + 12 = 89.2

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Excerpted from FEI press release by Kate Green.

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