The German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) confirmed today that Chipmunk FRH, Julia Krajewski’s 2018 World Equestrian Games mount, has been secured as a new ride for double Olympic champion Michael Jung.
Following the World Equestrian Games, the contract between Julia and Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff, Chipmunk FRH’s owner, was not renewed “for personal reasons,” DOKR said in a statement. Julia, who produced Chipmunk FRH from a 4-year-old, confirmed that the contract expired and was not renewed.
“After six very successful years together, the contract I had with the owner expired, was not renewed for personal reasons of the owner (which I can understand) and it was decided to sell Chipmunk, so after some very emotional months I now ultimately lost the ride on this very special horse.”
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Today is a very sad day as Chipmunk FRH is leaving us to go to his new home 😢After 6 very successful years together the contract I had with the owner expired, was not renewed for personal reasons of the owner (which I can understand) and it was decided to sell Chipmunk, so after some very emotional month I now ultimately lost the ride on this very special horse… Chip came to me as a 4 year old and we did every step together, from the first xc training to winning the 5yo-Bundeschampionat, the CCI3* at Bramham, the CHIO Aachen and going to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon this year. I will remember him as this kind, genuine, brave yet sensitive horse who always gives his all and did so much to do us proud! And despite being very sad to see him go there are so many little and big moments I am thankful for and I wish him a very happy life with his new rider! ❤️❤️❤️ #chipmunkfrh #sadday #goodbye #takecarelittleone Pictures by @lucy_hall75 @goeventing @ingowaechter @fz_fotografie @benjamincclark
Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff will remain an owner of the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I X Havanna, by Heraldik I) alongside the DOKR and Klaus Fischer, Michael Jung’s chief sponsor.
Michael confirmed in a statement that the horse will now be named fischerChipmunk FRH. “When I was informed at the end of last year that Chipmunk could not stay with Julia, but there was the opportunity to keep him for Germany and me, I tried to make this a reality,” he said.
“It is for me something completely new to get a ‘finished’ horse, because as everyone knows I put a lot of emphasis on the horses themselves you shape. I thank Julia for the great years of training, and I am excited to see what Chip and I can expect over the next few years.”
“Chip” had a standout season with Julia in 2018, winning the Bramham CCI4*-L on a record score of 19.4 and defeating the best in the world at CHIO Aachen. He led after dressage at Tryon in his first appearance on a German championship team before picking up a runout on cross country.
“Despite being very sad to see him go, there are so many little and big moments I am thankful for and I wish him a very happy life with his new rider,” Julia said.
This article has been updated to include additional information.