Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and Andreas Dibowski are on track towards Badminton following their success at Luhmuhlen.
With a start-finish victory, Ingrid Klimke was back after a short break. With Horseware Hale Bob OLD, with whom she has entered the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials where they were second in 2015, she took victory on a score of 37.7 penalties in the CIC**. She also took third place with SAP Escada FRH (44.4 penalties).
In February, Ingrid underwent surgery for an intestinal problem resulting in her taking time out of the saddle. After her victory she said: “Last week we went cross country for the first time and then I decided to ride in Luhmuhlen. Everything went much faster than the have dared to hope. And on the horse I’m just happy. When I came to the finish, Hans said to me: Badminton is a bit closer.”
Her compatriot, Andreas Dibowski riding FRH Butts Avedon – another combination entered for Badminton in 5 weeks’ time, was second (43.9 penalties). He also finished ninth on Its Me XX – one of only two horses that finished on their dressage score. He was one of the fastest riders across the cross country collecting 0.8 time faults with FRH Butts Avedon, and reaching the optimum time on his second horse.
German Coach Hans Melzer commented: “You could see the mild winter. The horses were all very well maintained. All squad riders, also the extended Olympic team, rode very well here.”
Sarah Carless reporter at large