Michael Jung to ride Chipmunk FRH

       Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon


This time last year we tipped that the German horse Chipmunk FRH ridden by Julia Krajewski were ones to watch in 2018.

It was indeed a good year for them, winning at Marbach, Bramham CCI3* and Aachen CICO3* before being selected as part of the German team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. There they started with a phenomenal dressage phase, leading on a score of 19.90, but a run-out on cross country saw them drop out of contention

However, the success of the young horse attracted attention from potential buyers and after six years together, Julia and Chipmunk have parted ways

“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” says Julia on Instagram “So after some very emotional month I now ultimately have lost the ride on this very special horse...”

“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!”

Chipmunk now finds himself in a new barn, but still in Germany, as a part of Michael Jung’s eventing team. Last year Michael retired his top horse, La Biosthetique Sam and he will now ride Chipmunk FRH for the new owners, the DOKR, Michael Jung's main sponsor Prof. Klaus Fischer and Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff, who continues to be involved in the horse he bred

"Due to the success of Chipmunk FRH and Julia Krajewski, foreign interest has understandably grown, especially so close to the Olympics. We are therefore very happy that we were able to keep the horse for Germany, "explains Dr. Dennis Peiler, Managing Director of the German Olympic Committee for Cavalry (DOKR) "Without the support of third parties, however, this would not have been possible. We are particularly grateful to them”

For Michael it is a new experience to take over the ride a "finished" horse but on his Facebook page he thanks Julia for the great years of training and “I'm curious what Chip and I expect for the next few years”

Find out more about Chipmunk FRH and Julia’s career together, Julia’s thoughts on this special horse and our past interview with Dr Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff here