Total beast mode. Ze Terminator Michael Jung and his stunning wunderkind fischerTakinou absolutely claimed and conquered the three-star course at Aachen yesterday, adding just 5.2 time penalties to their dressage score to claim the individual title.
ClipMyHorse.TV has been livestreaming all the events from Aachen this week, and yesterday put together a fabulous compilation of footage from Michael Jung’s round, including a killer slo-mo of the drop into the water.
You can see in fine detail how Michael maintains his position, gives his mount control of his head and body to optimize the landing, and calmly re-gathers his reins to continue on just a few strides later to a massive brush fence that literally dozens of christmas trees died to create.
Michael and fischerTakinou have since been confirmed as the combination representing Germany at the Rio Olympics, an impressive feat by the handsome chestnut gelding on multiple levels:
a) He had to out-perform barnmates La Biosthetique Sam and fischerRocana to nab the approval of selectors.
b) He is only nine years old.
c) He’s a French-bred Anglo-Arab / Selle Francais cross, which is a rather unusual combination and no doubt has the Anglo-Arab folks positively giddy.
Congratulations again to Michael, fischerTakinou and all their connections on a bright victory and even brighter future.