German five-time Olympian Ingrid Klimke (49) is a professional rider and trainer based in Munster, Germany. She was a member of the team that won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, gold at the 2015 European Championships, the 2014 WEG, and the 2012 London & 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In 2013 she won individual silver at the European Championships in Malmo. In 2014 with Badminton entry Horseware Hale Bob she won her first four-star event at Pau and in 2015 the pair was second at Badminton. Last year with Weisse Duene she won the CCI two-star World Young Horse Championship.
Ingrid, the daughter of dressage Olympian and international trainer Reiner Klimke, was born in Münster, Westfalia. She has a Master’s degree in equestrian management and has trained and competed internationally in both dressage and three-day eventing – she still competes in international grand prix dressage (in 2016 she competed in both eventing and dressage at the Aachen CHIO). A former working student of Canadian World show jumping champion Ian Miller, in 1998 she started her own yard following the influences of her father who taught her to train in the classical way.
In addition to many national championships in 1991 Ingrid won her first international medal, individual and team bronze, at the European Championships at Flyinge, Sweden.
She is a three-time German National eventing champion (1999, 2000 and 2001) and has competed in four consecutive Olympic Games (2000-2012) and was a member of the gold medal team in Hong Kong in 2008 and London 2012. In 2005 she won the individual bronze medal at the European championships in Blenheim and in 2006 with the British-bred Sleep Late was second at her first Badminton and won World team gold at Aachen.
In 2012 she was awarded the “Cavallo Fairness Award” presented at the Equitana and became only the second female to receive the title of ‘Riding Master’, an award given to equestrian individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and achievements in the sport as a rider and trainer.
In dressage she has won the Professional Riders championships five times (1998, 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2007), was seventh in the World Cup final in 2002 and in 2006 won the World six-year-old Championship with the 2012 German Olympic team stallion Damon Hill, who she trained to grand prix.
She trains the German young riders, and is a lecturer on equine physiotherapy at the German Institute of Equine Osteopathy.
Ingrid trains with the former German national coach Christopher Bartle and Hans Melszer.
She is married to Andreas Busacker and the pair has two children Greta (15) and Philippa (7). Her brother Michael competes in international dressage.
Horseware Hale Bob owned by Andreas Bisacker & rider, is a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding. He is by the thoroughbred Helikon, (by the famous German racehorse Konigsstuhl) who is also the sire of Sea Cookie, William Fox-Pitts winner at Pau in 2013. Hale Bob is out of Goldige by the half-bred, Noble Champion. Goldige is also the dam of Dacapo currently ridden at three-star level by Giovanni Ugolotti.
Horseware Hale Bob OLD
16.3hh , bay , gelding
Sire Helikon XX
Dam Goldige (Noble Champion)
Breeder Dr Rolf Lueck
Andreas Busacker, Münster, Germany