German rider Michael Jung (33) is currently the World’s most successful rider – he is number one in the World FEI ranking. In 2012 he became the first rider to hold the Olympic, European (2011) and World (2010) titles at the same time – all achieved with Badminton entry La Biosethique Sam. At the end of that year he was the winner of the 2012 FEI Reem Acra ‘best athlete’ award.
Last year at Blair Castle, he won his third consecutive European Championship title – all on different horses – and won team gold. In 2014 however he lost his World title to fellow German Sandra Auffarth – although won the individual silver and team gold.
Michael has now won five individual championship titles and seven senior individual championship medals since his senior debut in 2009.
Last year with Sam – his Badminton entry this year – he won Burghley. It later transpired he won riding with a broken ankle sustained during a fall with his first ride (Fischerrocana FST) and also won the European Championships before the full extent of the injury was made known. Michael however has yet to win Badminton – his first and last attempt (with Sam) resulted in second place due to rolling the very last pole in the showjumping.
Both Michael’s Grandfather and father, Joachim, rode and Michael began riding aged six – he is still trained by his father. In 2003, he won the Young Rider European Championship and four years later was second in the seven-year-old World Young Horse Championship at Le Lions D’Angers with Sam. In 2008 the pair made their mark on the eventing world in the world cup final and arrived in 2009 when they won the four-star at Luhmuhlen and two months later the World Cup final in Strzegom.
Her is also an experienced and regular competitor on the international jumping circuit and currently has several horses he is competing in international jumping competitions
He trains with Christopher Bartle and his father Joachim.
La Biosethique Sam is a 17-year-old German-bred gelding (Baden-Wurrtemburg). Bred by Gunter Seitter he is by the Irish thoroughbred Stan the Man who in later life stood in Germany (Stan the Man is the sire of Leslie Law’s 2008 Olympic gold medal horse Shear L’eau, 2000 Olympic team silver horse Shear H2O as well as four-star horses Sindy and Skampolo).
Sam is out of a mare by Heraldik a Czech–bred thoroughbred who has become a leading sire of event horses – he is also the sire of four-star horses Butts Abraxxas, TSF Karascada M and Badminton entries Happy Times and Butts Avedon.
La Biosthetique - Sam FBW
16.2hh, bay, gelding
Sire Stan the Man XX
Breeder Günter Seitter
Family Jung, Horb-Altheim, Germany.
Erich Single, Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany.
DOKR, Warendorf, Germany.