Executing a clear show jumping round is a notable achievement for a rider at any competition. To deliver 20 consecutive clear show jumping rounds at international level is something for the record books.
Ingrid Klimke set a new EquiRatings record this year when she didn’t pull a single show jumping rail in 20 consecutive international competitions between May 2015 and May 2016.
Leaving all the poles in the cups boosted Ingrid to seven international wins during that time period, as well as the following top finishes and victories at three-star and four-star level:
- 1st at 2016 Weisbaden CICO3* with Horseware Hale Bob OLD
- 5th at 2015 Blair Castle European Championships with Horseware Hale Bob OLD
- 1st at 2015 Aachen CICO3* with FRH Escada JS
- 2nd at 2015 Aachen CICO3* with Horseware Hale Bob OLD
- 1st at 2015 Luhmühlen CCI4* with FRH Escada JS
- 2nd at 2015 Luhmühlen CIC3* with Horseware Hale Bob OLD
The only two riders who have come close to matching Ingrid’s show jumping prowess are her fellow German teammate Peter Thomsen and Frenchman Ugo Provasi. Both have managed to rack up 17 consecutive clear show jumping rounds at international level.
Ugo’s hot streak came most recently, starting in 2013 and running through 2015, meaning he did not have a single show jumping rail (or time fault!) during the entire calendar year in 2014.
Those clear efforts boosted Ugo to a win in the CCI* at Jardy in 2013 aboard Rakam d’Emra, as well as a second-place finish in the CCI2* at Fontainebleau with Shadd’oc.
Peter’s streak of 17 clear show jumping rounds started in July 2011 and ended in July 2012 at the London Olympic Games. During that time, Peter’s clear rounds helped him secure top 15 finishes in three-star competitions at Bramham, Aachen, Boekelo, Malmö and Marbach.
Who will be the next rider to challenge Ingrid’s record of 20 consecutive show jumping clears?