German eventer Michael Jung is just a Badminton win away from taking out the Rolex Grand Slam, after winning the Kentucky Three-Day-Event on FischerRocana at the weekend.
Jung is en route to England to meet up with his great horse La Biosthetique Sam for the Badminton Horse Trials this weekend, and if they can win there, Jung will become only the second rider in history to win the Grand Slam, after Pippa Funnell in 2003.
Jung has also jumped to the lead in eventing’s FEI Classics series, and the packed crowds at the third leg of the series at the RK3DE roared their approval of Jung’s back-to-back victory on FischerRocana.
The world No.1 has an unbeaten record at the USA’s premier venue, having won on all his three visits, which includes the world title back in 2010.
“I like this place a lot,” Jung said. “The people are very friendly and my horse, Roxie, likes it as well. She is getting better and better. I’m learning all the time from her.”
“My dream is to win Badminton, of course, but we will have to see what happens,” he said.
Jung, 33, is the first rider in history to hold Olympic, World and European titles simultaneously and the first to win five championship titles consecutively, culminating in the European title at Blair Castle last year on FischerTakinou.
He first came to prominence in 2009, when he won the Luhmühlen CCI4*, the FEI World Cup Eventing series final in Strzegom in Poland and an individual European bronze medal in Fontainebleau, France, all on La Biosthetique Sam.
The pair went on to win the world title in Kentucky in 2010, double European gold in Luhmühlen in 2011 and double Olympic gold in London in 2012.
In 2013, they were second at Badminton CCI4*, last year they finished third at Kentucky and then added the Burghley CCI4* title to their collection.
Jung won a second European title, at Malmö in 2013 on Halunke, and in 2014 finished second at Luhmühlen and won world team gold and individual silver medals on FisherRocana FST, also the winner of Kentucky in 2015.
He lives in Horb, Germany, where his parents, Joachim and Bridgette, own a riding establishment.
FischerRocana FST is an 11-year-old mare by Ituango XX out of a Carismo mare, owned by the Jungs.