Reiner Klimke

Reiner Klimke ( born January 14, 1936 in Münster, † August 17, 1999 ) was a successful German dressage and eventing riders and politician ( CDU). He is one of the most successful Sommerolympioniken. Up to the Summer Olympics 2000, he was for many years the most successful Olympian of Germany until he was replaced by Birgit Fischer. To date, Klimke is the most successful of dressage riders in the world.

He was honored by the Sports Federation of Münster at Sports Ball 1974, 1981, 1982 and 1988 as Sportsman of the Year. The Sports Confederation of Münster honored him in 2000 with the sports Oscar.

2008 Reiner Klimke was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German sport.

  • 8.1 Available works
  • 8.2 Other works
  • 8.3 The Olympic Games


Klimke began in 1948 at the Westphalian Riding and Driving School in Münster riding. His first tournament experience was gained in 1950 in the versatility in Paderborn, 1955, followed by the first international appearance in Thun. Because of the many European Championships 1957 in Copenhagen, he took silver in 1959 in Harewood House, the Gold Medal, respectively, in the team standings. In 1960 he took part in the Olympic Games in Rome and won the German championship.

Dressage Rider

At the Olympics, he won a total of six gold and two bronze medals. Six times he was world champion, European champion eleven times. In the 1988 Olympics he was a standard-bearer of the German team at the opening ceremony.

His most successful and best-known horse was Ahlerich with which he was able to win Olympic medals, World and European championships and seven German championships.

In 1984 he received the FN decoration in gold with laurel, Olympic rings and diamonds. In 1986 he was made an honorary citizen of his home town of Münster. There, a street was named after him on the Sentruper height. He is the father of dressage rider Michael Klimke and Dressage and Eventing rider Ingrid Klimke.

Education and work

After graduation in 1955, he studied law and political science at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, 1959, Dr. jur. doctorate and then worked as an independent lawyer and notary. During his studies he became a member of the fraternity of the Pflueger Hall of Münster, where he remained throughout his life closely connected.

Party and Member of Parliament

Since 1950 he was a member of the CDU. The Parliament of North Rhine -Westphalia, he belonged to 31 May 1990 to 31 May 1995. There he served as vice chairman of the Sports Committee.

Last years

Until his death was working on a Klimke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney planned comeback. On 17 August 1999 Klimke died at the age of 63 years the consequences of his second heart attack. His grave is located at the Central Cemetery Muenster. In 1986 he gained his hometown Münster honorary citizenship. Near its stables, a street was named after him later.

Best Merits




  • Olympic games 1964 Tokyo: Gold medal team, individual ranking seventh on Dux
  • 1968 in Mexico City: Gold medal team, bronze medal on single Dux
  • Montreal 1976: Gold medal team, bronze medal on single Mehmed
  • 1984 Los Angeles: Gold medal team, gold medal single on Ahlerich
  • Seoul 1988: Gold medal team, individual ranking seventh on Ahlerich
  • Nine times German Champion ( 1967 Dux, 1975, Mehmed, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 Ahlerich )


In Münster the Reiner Klimke - Prize will be awarded an honorary prize for Minster sports clubs.


Available works

  • Reiner Klimke: Basic training of the young horse riding. From the foal education up to the first start of the tournament. Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart 1990, ISBN 3-440-05380-6
  • Ingrid Klimke, Reiner Klimke: Profitips Cavaletti. Dressage and jumping. Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart 1997, ISBN 3-440-07464-1
  • Klimke, Reiner: Ahlerich. From the young horse for dressage champion. An exemplary learning path. Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim 1995, ISBN 3-487-08347-7

Other works

  • Reiner Klimke: Military. History - Training - Competition. Franckh - Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart 1967, ISBN 3-440-04579- X
  • Reiner Klimke, Werner Ernst: The beauty of dressage. From the young horse to Grand Prix. Franckh Cosmos, 1991, ISBN 3-440-06313-5
  • Reiner Klimke (ed.): Holiday in the saddle. Leisure in FN -approved training centers. FN -Verlag, Warendorf 2000, ISBN 3-885-42300-6
  • Dagmar Schindler, Reiner Klimke (ed.), Ortrud steel (Ill.): Holiday in the saddle. Leisure on Germany's beautiful horse farms. FN -Verlag, Warendorf 1993, ISBN 3-885-42260-3
  • Reiner Klimke: Holiday in the saddle. Germany's most beautiful holiday centers. Geocenter, 2001, ISBN 3-769-00589-9
  • Johann Elias Ridinger, Reiner Klimke: The small riding school. Buses and Seewald, Herford 1984, ISBN 3-871-20052-2
  • Reiner Klimke, Bernd Capell: Encyclopedia for horse lovers. CJ Bucher, Frankfurt aM 1976, ISBN 3-765-80221-2

Olympic games

Each to the Olympic Games published the following works:

  • Reiner Klimke, Frantisek Jandl, Werner Lutz:. Equestrian Games Mexico 1968 Olympics, Aschendorff, Münster 1968, ISBN 3-402-06370-0
  • Reiner Klimke, Albert Place, Helmut Müller: Munich '72. Olympic equestrian events. Military, dressage, show jumping. Aschendorff,

Munster 1972, ISBN 3-402-06371-9

  • Reiner Klimke, Albert Place, Helmut Müller: Montreal '76. Olympic equestrian events. Games, facts, comments, backgrounds. Aschendorff, Münster 1982, ISBN 3-402-06373-5
  • Harry Boldt, Olaf Petersen, Heinz Schütte, Reiner Klimke (ed.): Olympic rider. Seoul 1988. FN -Verlag, Warendorf, 1988, ISBN 3-885-42199-2
  • Reiner Klimke (Eds. ), Werner Ernst ( ed.): Olympic rider. Barcelona 1992. FN -Verlag, Warendorf 1992, ISBN 3-885-42253-0
  • Reiner Klimke, Werner Ernst: Olympic rider. Atlanta 1996. FN -Verlag, Warendorf 1996, ISBN 3-784-32808-3, and in 1998, ISBN 3-885-42282-4