Ingrid Klimke and EQUITANA’s Firlefranz prepare for competing
EQUITANA’s Firlefranz may still be full of mischief but he is also highly talented and one of the great hopes at Olympic champion Ingrid Klimke’s stables. The powerful chestnut is not only a brand ambassador for the world’s leading equestrian fair, he is also well on the way to becoming a worthy successor to his famous sire, Franziskus. Firlefranz is currently enjoying a wide-ranging training schedule in preparation for his first competition in 2020.
As Ingrid Klimke says, “Slowly but surely and lesson for lesson, we are gradually getting him ready for the next category”. He is a fast learner thanks to his having the right attitude. “Firlefranz is always very keen in training because he is very curious, constantly interested in everything going on around him and also very attentive. It doesn’t matter what we do, he is always fresh, motivated, and fully concentrated on the task in hand.” We hope that Firlefranz will manage to persuade the judges in an intermediate dressage competition class. “He has plenty of charm and very good gaits. He has a lively trot, a great canter and his hind leg is always active. Firlefranz has everything that a dressage rider could wish for in a horse”, Ingrid Klimke enthuses. She has discovered that the 7 year-old shares many of the qualities that she also values in Franziskus. “Above all, this includes his personality. He has amazing presence. Moreover, he is also very confident and knows exactly what he wants.”
Ingrid Klimke firmly believes in promoting a horse’s individual strengths and fine-tuning his training to suit his particular personality. “You always have to bear the character of a young horse in mind during training. Some are a little too keen, and you need to slow them down a little. Others can be a little insecure and you may need to repeat things more frequently so that they understand what’s coming next. If I work with ten horses, I have ten different personalities to deal with. As a rider, I have to bear that in mind continually.”