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FischerChipmunk FRH tops eventing ranking

It was not a question of if FischerChipmunk (Contendro I - Havanna 71 x Heraldik xx) would win the leading breeder/horse ranking, but when! 

Fischerchipmunk FRH (HANN) ridden by Michael Jung to 1st place on the world ranking. Photo: Scoopdyga.
d. 06-11-2019 - 13:47

Written by Adriana Van Tilburg


This horse’s career began in extraordinary style by winning the five-year-old eventing title at the Bundeschampionate – the German young-horse championship in Warendorf – in 2013 under the saddle of Julia Krajewski. She had been riding him since the age of four-and-a-half, and continued to build his reputation all the way to last year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. FischerChipmunk’s results with both Krajewski, and now Micharl June, have been quite remarkable. 

More than 100 years of breeding history

This line has been in his breeder, Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff’s family for more than 100 years, as he explains: “This damline can be traced back to 1906, and the Trakehner mare where it started who was purchased by my great-grandfather. Forty years later, war refugees came to the farm in Lower Saxony for shelter. The Graf Dönhoff family brought two Trakehner mares with them. One of these mares was in foal and gave birth to a colt that my father purchased.  This colt matured rather early, and when he was two he put a grand lady (Firnis x Schwalbenflug, old Hanoverian blood), who was already an old mare, in foal, which resulted in a top filly. After I finished my pony time I had good success with her at shows in my area in jumping and dressage. We took her out of sport to let her be covered and she stayed in our family. She produced also a top filly who came to me, and I am now breeding the eighth generation out of this line. The foundation of this line is a mix between Trakehner, Hanoverian, and Holsteiner (Ramiro) blood."

“Through our experience we know this damline very well and can select the right stallions. I am continuing breeding with this same damline myself. In the past I studied agriculture and specialized in horse genetics, and my grandfather told me a lot about the history of the older generations. I started to purchase the English Thoroughbred Studbooks from Weatherbys, and am very keen on the blood of Nearco xx (Pharos xx - Nogra xx x Havresac II xx) and Hurry On xx (Marcovil xx - Toute Suite xx x Sainfoin xx). They have had and still have a very influential role in Warmblood breeding. That is how I bred Chipmunk, he carries five times Nearco xx and three or four times Hurry On xx, and this mixed with Ramiro x Ramzes x blood brings willingness to perform, power for jumping and rideability. I still look today for Nearco xx and Hurry On xx in the pedigrees.
 Then we come to Contendro I (Contender - Bravo x Reichsgraf, bred by Manfred Birchler), who has five times Ramzes x blood. I like Contendro I because of his willingness to perform and his rideability, and his total package with the connection to Thoroughbred blood. I purpose-bred Chipmunk specifically for eventing, this was my intuition. I had already bred five full brothers and sisters to Chipmunk, and have a really good sister with whom I am continuing the line. 

“I breed with two damlines and with five mares, and from those five mares are four by Contendro I. Chipmunk has a huge stride in his canter and he is very easy to ride. This is a characteristic of his dam line: all the horses are easy to ride. He made his career in the eventing sport but I think he could have become a top jumper too. One stallion from my other damline is coming to the Hanoverian Studbook approvals: Diamant de Semilly x Sandro x Ramiro x Alme (this horse’s pedigree includes Ultimate xx six times). I have in both lines Ramiro x Sandro. Through my foundation with studying the bloodlines, I try to make double crosses to very important Thoroughbreds. With Sandro I have the very important blood of Sacramento Song xx who appears in many important Holsteiner-bred horses. 

Ulrich Hahne, breeding director of the Hanoverian Verband said: “We honor the success of Chipmunk by making his mother, Havanna 71, mare of the year for the Hanoverian Studbook.”

According to his rider, Michael Jung; “Chipmunk is very connected with people and likes to earn their attention. In a class he is 100% with me and everything he learns he puts into very good practice. I can also say he’s very focused on his job.”

Ten victories and 14 top-10 finishes out of 30 starts with  Julia Krajewski between 2014 and 2018 – remarkable results that launched a brilliant career. In 2018 alone, they recorded three wins at three-star level in Marbach, Bramham, and Aachen. The 2018 world championships in Tryon, NC, where they finished 39th, was their final result before Chipmunk’s reins were passed to Krajewski’s fellow countryman, Michael Jung, with whom he began competing in April 2019, opening with a 10th-place finish in Kreuth. Since then, they’ve added one victory (Strzegom CSIO4*-NC-S) and claimed second place no fewer than four times, including the European championship silver medal in Luhmühlen in August.

Chipmunk is co-owned by his breeder, Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff, the German Olympic Committee for equestrian sport, and Klaus and Sabine Fischer.