Julia Krajewski has lost the ride on her World Equestrian Games mount Chipmunk FRH.
A statement released by the German Olympic Committee for Cavalry (DOKR) said thecontract between the rider and the horses owner – Dr Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff – had not been renewed for personal reasons.
The 11-year-old gelding will now be ridden by double Olympic champion Michael Jung, with the horse being owned by the DOKR, Michael Jung’s main sponsor Klaus Fischer and Dr Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff.
Dr. Dennis Peiler, Managing Director of the German Olympic Committee for Cavalry (DOKR). said: “Due to the success of Chipmunk FRH and Julia Krajewski, foreign interest has understandably grown, especially so close to the Olympics. We are therefore very happy that we were able to keep the horse for Germany. Without the support of third parties, however, this would not have been possible. We are particularly grateful to them.”
Krajewski had produced the horse from a four-year-old, winning the Bundeschampionat in 2013 and they went on to form a formidable partnership on the international stage. They have won at every level of international competition from one star to three star (under the old ranking system) with a total of 10 international wins to their names. Their first CCI*** win coming in 2016 at Strzgorm. Last year was a standout year for the partnership, winning at Marbach, Bramham and Aachen. They won the CCI*** at Bramham with a record-breaking score of 19.4 and an 8.4 penalty winning margin. At the World Equestrian Games at Tryon they led after the dressage but had a run-out at Fence x on the cross country dropping them down the order.
On her Instagram page, Krajewski shared the news, saying:
“Today is a very sad day as Chipmunk FRH is leaving us to go to his new home. After six very successful years together the contract I had with the owner expired, was not renewed for personal reasons of the owner (which I can understand) and it was decided to sell Chipmunk. I will remember him as this kind, genuine, brave yet sensitive horse who always gives his all and did so much to do us proud! And despite being very sad to see him go there are so many little and big moments I am thankful for and I wish him a very happy life with his new rider.”