Germany’s Ingrid Klimke will not be competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July after she sustained injuries falling from a young horse at the Equestrian Festival of Baborówko, held May 27-30 in Baborówko, Poland.
Klimke was riding Cascamara, a 7-year-old Westphalian mare (Cascadello II-Taramanga, Templer GL xx), in the CCI3*-S division when she fell on cross-country.
Klimke, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, had surgery for an injured sternum and injured ribs.
“The surgery in Münster went well, and now I need peace and time to heal!” she said in a Facebook post translated from German to English. “I am very sad that my biggest dream—to participate in my sixth Olympics—has burst! The title defending at the European Championship in September is our next big goal!”
Klimke’s Olympic hopeful was SAP Hale Bob OLD, her partner for team silver at the 2016 Olympic Games (Brazil), individual bronze at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina), and individual and team gold at the 2019 FEI European Eventing Championships (Germany).
Klimke had also hoped to earn a spot on the German Olympic dressage team, but her horse, Franziskus 15, incurred an injury this spring and is out of contention.