Training Horses the Ingrid Klimke Way

An Olympic Medalist's Winning Methods for a Joyful Riding Partnership

Ingrid Klimke



Olympic gold-medal-winner Ingrid Klimke was born under a bright star when it came to fulfilling dreams of equestrian greatness. Her father, Reiner Klimke, was an Olympic rider himself, and he instilled his principles of training and riding with the good of the horse in mind in his daughter at a young age. Ingrid has furthered her father's esteemed legacy, modernizing two of the classic works by her father—the bestselling Basic Training of the Young Horse and Cavalletti—and tirelessly championing a balanced, fair, and caring system of training the horse that ensures his physical and mental well-being even while preparing him for the very top levels of international competition.

And now Ingrid has written a book of her own, detailing her personal system of bringing a horse along through the stages of progressive development, and providing readers guidelines and exercises to ensure success without stress at each milestone. The result is surely a joyful partnership between rider and horse that will go the distance.


Additional Information

Author: Ingrid Klimke

Format: eBook

Page Count: 176

Illustrations: 205 color photos, 18 color illus

ISBN: 9781570768262

By Ingrid Klimke

Ingrid Klimke is an international trainer of dressage, show jumping, and event horses, and currently competes for Germany as a dressage rider and eventer. She had always been able to call on her father Reiner Klimke's experience but has also been greatly influenced by Fritz Ligges, Ian Miller, and Anne Kursinski. She's appeared at five Olympics, from 2000 to 2016 and won two gold medals in team eventing, in 2008 and 2012. She won a team silver medal the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She has top placings in numerous World Equestrian Games, European Championships, and German Championships. Klimke lives and trains in Münster, Germany, where she has been named “Sportswoman of the Year” eleven times. In 2020 she was named Peden Bloodstock FEI Award “Best Athlete of the Decade” (

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“Wonderful insight into a top rider’s training decisions.”