The French Olympian Margit Otto-Crepin passed away on Sunday morning, April 19, in her house in Hamburg. She was 75 years old. In total she rode five horses up to Grand Prix level, but didn’t start since 2003. However, she always remained involved in the sport. She was the owner of the 9-year-old Selle Français Balthazar de Fougnard (by Diamant de Semilly), an international show jumper ridden by the Portuguese Luciana Diniz.
Her first championship horse was the Selle Francais gelding Caprici, a former eventing horse, with whom she became National Dressage Champion in 1980 and 1981. This duo also represented France at the 1981 European Championships, the 1982 World Championships and at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
She brought several horses up to the highest level, but celebrated her high times with the Holsteiner Corlandus (by Landgraf). Otto-Crepin and Corlandus won gold at the 1987 European Championships in Goodwood, silver at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, silver at the 1989 European Championships in Mondorf les Bains, the title at the 1989 world cup final in Gothenburg. They won the French Grand Prix Championships of 1988 and 1989, bringing her total to four French titles.
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