Last year the two German show-jumpers Simone Blum and Laura Klaphake were the high achievers of the season. Klaphake, then 23 years old, made it into the team for the EC in Gothenborg, Blum was reserve rider but before achieved one success after the other with her horse DSP Alice. This year they both are back again, both have the ambition to be part of the team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September. For Blum and the “wonder mare”, the season did not start as planned: the chestnut mare sustained an injury in the beginning of the year and had to take a break, but made her comeback with the victory in the Grand Prix of Gelderland just in time. 29-year-old Blum says: ” I do not see the break as a disadvantage. She is incredibly wild here in Aachen, feels great – we galloped over the big grass arena bucking”. However the big goal is still far away, but one had to give one’s best and enjoy the moment – everything else one could not influence.”
Laura Klaphake agrees: “I try to stay relaxed. It is important that we riders and the horses are still able to enjoy the events. I would like to qualify for the Grand Prix here in Aachen – but that is not an easy task. We will see where we will be at the end of the season.”
Klaphake and her top horse Catch Me If You Can started the event well, with a clear round in the Prize of Europe. “Her heart is incredible,” the student of real estate management said about her horse. “She can get distracted but in crucial situations she is always focused.” Klaphake has Catch Me If You Can’s ride until the end of the year – what happens next will be discussed with the owner Paul Schockemöhle.
Simone Blum does not have to fear for Alice’s future: “She will never be sold. Alice will grow old with us.” The pair had eight points in the Prize of Europe, four of them due to over time. Simone Blum did not hear the bell and crossed the starting line too late. This is annoying but there are still some days left.