Ingrid Klimke is a German event rider who has won gold medals at World and Olympic level and been European champion individually.
She was born on 1 April 1968 in Munster, Westfalia. She completed an apprenticeship as a bank clerk but has run her own yard since 1998.
Ingrid is the daughter of Reiner Klimke, who rode at six Olympic Games in dressage, winning five team gold medals (1964, 1968, 1976, 1984 and 1988), an individual gold (1984) and two individual bronzes (1968 and 1976). He also rode in the eventing at the 1960 Olympics and was a European team gold medallist in eventing in 1959. He died in 1999.
The German rider’s training methods are based on her father’s expertise and she is particularly known for her use of small jumps called cavaletti – the father and daughter wrote a book called Cavaletti: Dressur und Springen (Cavaletti for Dressage and Jumping), which is available in English as well as German. Ingrid also works with a company to sell a range of cavaletti jumps.
Best known for her eventing achievements, Ingrid also rides at five-star grand prix level in pure dressage.
How many Olympics has Ingrid Klimke ridden at?
Ingrid has ridden at five Olympics, in 2000 and 2004 on Sleep Late, in 2008 and 2012 on FRH Butts Abraxxas (two team golds) and in 2016 on SAP Hale Bob OLD (team silver).