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To have this horse back in the picture we go back to the Olympics from 1984! There he won double gold in dressage with Dr. Reiner Klimke in the saddle: Ahlerich. 

In 1971 a Westphalian foal was born out of mother Dodona (Westphalian, by Donar) who was being served by thoroughbred Angelo: it was Ahlerich who got the nick name 'Ali' a few years later.

At the Warendorf auction in Germany (1975) Ahlerich was bought for German Dr. Reiner Klimke. The director of the Westphalian studbook thought Klimke should have a Westphalian horse to ride. Klimke choose Ahlerich and he was paid  42,000 DM (21,000 euro), a top prize in that time.

There was a click betweem Klimke and Ali and after three years of training the pair was ready to compete Grand Prix. Many victories followed at important championships: the two won the world championships in 1982, the Europeans in 1983 (team and individual) and than there was double gold at the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles (USA). In 1985 there was a team and individual victory at the Europeans and again there was team gold in 1988 at the Olympics.

In 1992, at the age of 21, Ali died due to a colic. Klimke about his Ali after the Olympics in 1984: 'One can't talk with horses but at the last day of the Olympics Ahlerich just knew what was going on.'


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