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Magic Moments of 2017 | With Laura Klaphake

Wednesday, 03 January 2018
Magic Moments of 2017

German rider Laura Klaphake looks back at 2017, selecting some of her favourite shots by World of Showjumping from last year.

Here is why this photo of Laura crossing the finish line at the Europeans in Gothenburg made her list: 

"Here I just jumped a clear in the first round in the final in Gothenburg. That was unbelivable. I was already so happy that I qualified for the individual final, and then I was so so happy to be clear. I finished as second best woman in the whole of Europe at the Championships, and Catch me jumped her heart out for me at just 9 years of age – she is unbelievable!" 

"In this picture I had jumped a clear round in the first round of the team competition at the Europeans in Gothenburg. When I’m clear I always thank Catch me. She makes it possible, and she makes dreams come true."

"A dream came true and this picture captured it: A clear in the first round of the Grand Prix in Aachen in front of the German home crowd. I think there is nothing more amazing than that. I always dreamed of riding the Grand Prix in Aachen, not even thinking about beeing clear, just competing…. But then it happened and I was clear. Thanks again to Catch me. She makes so much possible for me and I’m so grateful that I can ride her."

"The most important thing: A happy team!! Happy horse, happy groom and happy rider. This year I rode my first senior Nations Cup which was in Rotterdam. I was clear in the first round. That is such a nice feeling.

Without my team this year would definitely not have been the same, and not that succesful. My team is just amazing. I can’t say thank you often enough to everyone who stands behind me, especially my family."

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping

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