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The rumour mill had been working for some time, but now it is official: German eventer Michael Jung has taken over the reins of his compatriot Julia Krajewski’s WEG mount Chipmunk FRH. In 2018, the 11-year-old son of Contendro I participated at the WEG in Tryon under Krajewski and won three 3* events in a row, including Aachen. The contract between breeder and owner Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff and the German rider ended in October, and for personal reasons Meyer-Kulenkampff no longer wished to be responsible for such a top horse and decided to sell Chipmunk. The horse was sold in share to the DOKR and Prof. Klaus Fischer, with the breeder retaining a small share. It was a tough decision for Julia Krajewski; “It was very difficult for me. It is sad when a horse you have had since he was young, leaves your stables. Chip was the puppy dog in our stable, so to speak, and I am so proud of how he has grown.” Krajewski still respects the owner’s decision. For various reasons it was not possible to retain Chip for her, but the talented Hanoverian will be retained for the German team with triple Olympic champion Michael Jung taking over the ride. Krajewski had Chipmunk under saddle from the very beginning, making their first international start together in 2014. They won ten of their 30 total starts, including the 3* events in Marbach, Bramham and Aachen just in the past year, bringing them a ticket to Tryon. After Tryon the pair did not compete again. In addition to her 4* horse Samourai du Thot (by Milor Landais) and Amande de B’Neville (by Oscar des Fontaines), Krajewski already has a future successor waiting in the wings; it is Chipmunk’s four-year-old full brother.

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