Michael Jung is one of the most successful event riders of recent times.
In 2012, the German became the first eventer to hold Olympic, European and world individual titles at the same time, having won all three in the previous three years on La Biothesque-Sam FBW (“Sam”), whose championship record is unsurpassed in the sport. Four years after the 2012 London Olympics, riding the same horse, he triumphed in Rio and became only the second event rider since World War II to take back to back individual Olympic golds; Mark Todd was the first.
Michael is also only the second person (after Ginny Elliot) to win three consecutive European individual titles on three different horses. His wins were on: La Biothesque-Sam FBW (2011), Halunke FBW (2013) and FischerTakinou (2015).
When it comes to tallying five-star wins, in addition to his Badminton and Burghley triumphs, Michael Jung has also been victorious at Kentucky three years in a row on FischerRocana FST – in 2015, 2016 and 2017. And his first win at the top level came on home soil at Luhmühlen Horse Trials in 2009, on Sam – the year the pair made their senior championship debut in Fontainebleau at the European Championships, coming home with individual bronze. Michael also won Luhmühlen on Leopin FST in 2012.
As well as his six individual golds (two Olympic, one world, three European) and his European individual bronze, Michael also counts two European individual silvers (2017 on FischerRocana FST and 2019 on FischerChipmunk FRH) and a world individual silver (2014 on FischerRocana FST) and seven team medals among his senior championship accolades.
Michael also competes at the top level in showjumping.
Michael is based in the north of Germany where he enjoys strong family support in running his phenomenally successful eventing operation. He became engaged to his long-time girlfriend Faye Füllgraebe in November 2020.