German Grand Prix rider and double European eventing champion Ingrid Klimke injured herself in a riding accident and will be sidelined for an undisclosed period of time.
The eventing website Buschreiter.de disclosed the news that Klimke fractured a thoracic vertebra falling off a horse during training.
"I will have to take a break (from riding) for a while," Klimke told Buschreiter.de. "I have a guardian angel and am happy that nothing worse happened. My team will take best care of my horses for now and i'll be 'riding' from the sideline."
Klimke declined to answer any questions about the accident and how long the injury will sideline her.
While Klimke is thriving most as an eventing rider, she is also German A-squad listed a dressage rider with the Hanoverian stallion Franziskus. Klimke is the only rider in the world this successful at the highest level of sport in two disciplines simultaneously!
Klimke and Franziskus recently won the Grand Prix at the CDI Dortmund, the last international dressage competition held on the European continent before the corona pandemic put all activity on hold
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