Ingrid Klimke, a German team member at the 2022 World Dressage Championships and 2017 and 2019 European Eventing Champion, has injured herself in a cross country accident at the 2023 CCI 4* Luhmuhlen.
Klimke's mare Siena Just Do it (by Semper Fi x Weltrat x Fruhlingsball) did not have enough scope over jump 14c, stumbled and fell, launching her rider, who was wearing a safety vest, out of the saddle. Klimke rolled in her fall and stood up straight away as if nothing was the matter. She walked her mare off the course herself.
A health check-up at the hospital, however, showed that Ingrid had fractured her collar bone and requires surgery.
In 2020 Klimke fracturesd a thoracic vertebra in a riding accident at home, in 2021 she sustained a severe shoulder injury in a in cross country fall which ruled her out of Tokyo Olympic eventing team selection.
"Such a pity because I really wanted to finish that fun cross country," Klimke stated. "The doctors are optimistic that I will be back in the saddle fast."
Ingrid's injury comes at an unfortunate timing as in two weeks, she is scheduled to ride the Hanoverian stallion Franziskus (by Fidertanz x Alabaster) on the German team in the Nations Cup at the CDIO Aachen, the second German team selection trial for the 2023 European Championships in Riesenbeck.
With a pending operation, it looks like riding in Aachen might not be in the cards, which means that Sönke Rothenberger and his young rising star Fendi (by Franklin x Diamond) will substitute.
Photos © Libby Law - Astrid Appels
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