German Olympian Michael Jung (34) is currently the World’s most successful rider – he is number one in the World FEI ranking and with Badminton entry La Biosethique Sam is the current Olympic champion (the pair also won team silver in Rio 2016). In 2016 with Sam he won Badminton and in doing so won the Rolex Grand Slam (for consecutive wins at Burghley, Lexington and Badminton). He is only the second person to win the Grand Slam – the first was Pippa Funnell in 2003.
In 2012 he became the first rider ever to hold the Olympic, European (2011) and World (2010) titles at the same time – all achieved with Badminton entry La Biosethique Sam. At the end of that year he was the winner of the 2012 FEI Reem Acra ‘best athlete’ award.
In 2015 at Blair Castle, he won his third consecutive European Championship title – all on different horses – and won team gold. In 2014 however he lost his World title to fellow German Sandra Auffarth – although won the individual silver and team gold.
Michael has now won six individual championship titles and eight senior individual championship medals since his senior debut in 2009.
In 2015 with Sam he won Burghley. It later transpired he won riding with a broken ankle sustained during a fall with his first ride (Fischerrocana FST) and also won the European Championships before the full extent of the injury was made known.
Both Michael’s Grandfather and father, Joachim, rode and Michael began riding aged six – he is still trained by his father. In 2003, he won the Young Rider European Championship and four years later was second in the seven-year-old World Young Horse Championship at Le Lions D’Angers with Sam. In 2008 the pair made their mark on the eventing world in the world cup final and arrived in 2009 when they won the four-star at Luhmuhlen and two months later the World Cup final in Strzegom.
Michael is also an experienced and regular competitor on the international jumping circuit and currently has several horses competing in international jumping competitions
He trains with Christopher Bartle and his father Joachim.
La Biosethique Sam owned by Family Jung, Erich Single & DOKR, is an 18-year-old German-bred gelding (Baden-Wurrtemburg). Bred by Gunter Seitter he is by the Irish thoroughbred Stan the Man who in later life stood in Germany (Stan the Man is the sire of Leslie Law’s 2008 Olympic gold medal horse Shear L’eau, 2000 Olympic team silver horse Shear H2O as well as four-star horses Sindy and Skampolo).
Sam is out of a mare by Heraldik a Czech–bred thoroughbred who has become a leading sire of event horses – he is also the sire of four-star horses Butts Abraxxas, TSF Karascada M Happy Times and Butts Avedon.
La Biosthetique Sam FBW
16.2hh , brown , gelding
Sire Stan the Man XX
Dam Halla (Heraldik XX)
Breeder Mr Günter Seiter
Family Jung & Joachim Jung, Horb-Altheim, Germany,
Erich Single, Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany,
DOKR, German Olympic Committee, Warendorf, Germany