Double Olympic team champion Ingrid Klimke got her campaign to make the German team in Rio underway with victory at Wiesbaden CIC***.
Riding Horseware Hale Bob, who she withdrew from Badminton after her first Olympic hope suffered an injury, finished on an impressive score of 32.5. The pair scored 27.3 in the dressage but added 5.2 time penalties from the cross country to finish 5.1 points ahead of the second placed rider.
Klimke commented: “That was the best dressage that has Bobby ever gone. In jumping he was motivated and meaty and today the site lively and rideable. It was great fun.
Last year’s winner Julia Krajewski finished in second with Chipmunk FRH (37.6 penalties) whilst Badminton runner-up Andreas Ostholt with Pennsylvania finished in third (42.1). She said: “I’m gobsmacked. I have had Chipmunk since he is five. He’s sort of my baby, even if it is very large. At the finish I was really touched a bit.”
None of the riders came home under the optimum time on the cross country, and German coach Hans Melzer said: “Rüdiger Schwarz had built the course that is technically more demanding than in the past few years because you had to take out the tempo at times. He has used the well-known lines but filled them with new tasks.”
Michael Jung had a quite outing with his European Championship partner fischerTakinou. With only two days preparation, he had announced he was coming to the event more to practice than be competitive. Their dressage of 31.9 was marred by four fences down in the show jumping but had a steady clear on the cross country, making it clear that Rio was his main target.