Hinrich Romeike, Olympic eventing champion

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Hinrich Romeike, Germany’s 2008 Olympic champion, is an exceptionally rare example of a top event rider who has a job outside horses: Hinrich is a full-time dentist.

Hinrich rode at three-star level previously, but teaming up with the superb grey Marius Voigt-Logistik moved him into the top ranks and German team contention.

Hinrich and Marius made their championship debut at the Punchestown Europeans and went on to represent Germany at the next five championships.

They were best of the Germans at the Athens Olympics in 2004, finishing fifth, picked up team bronze at the Blenheim European Championships in 2005 and team gold a year later at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen.

In 2007 they were sixth on their Badminton debut, but at that year’s Pratoni European Championships Marius was injured during his customary clear cross-country round, so Hinrich had to withdraw before the show jumping.

Hinrich and Marius capped all these achievements when they collected individual and team gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong.

Hinrich was born in 1963. He is based in the north of Germany, where he and his wife Susanne have a yard and breed Holstein horses. They have three children, Cerrin (born 1991), Claas Hermann (born 1993) and Broder (born 1995).

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Don’t miss H&H’s exclusive interview with Hinrich Romeike in the second show guide special issue of 2009, on sale Thursday 26 February

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk