- Simone Blum
- Competing for: Germany
- Age: 31
Simone was born into a family of horsepeople. Her father Jürgen competed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta in Eventing. The 28-year-old showjumper is actually an "amateur", having completed her master studies in Biology an Chemistry just about a year ago.
2017 is her most successful year so far. After becoming the German Champion for the ladies in 2016, she was able to do even better this year and was crowned German Champion in the open ranking. With her long time partner DSP Alice, was the only rider to have four clear rounds under her belt, collecting only 0,25 time faults on the way to victory.
The young lady, whose father almost never accompanies her to competitions "because he doesn't bring me luck", thought it was the highlight of her stellar season when she was invited to compete at the legendary "World Festival of horses" in Aachen. After a somewhat rocky start, Simone's name rose to fame when she became third in the prestigious "Price of North Rhine Westfalia" behind World No. 1 Kent Farrington and Christian Ahlmann.
Only on the Monday after Aachen did Simone get the word that she was allowed to compete in the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour event of Berlin, just some three days before the show started. In the Sommergarten of Berlin, the two ladies Simone and DSP Alice, the brilliant chestnut mare who was born in the South of Germany just like her rider, topped all their former results and secured an unexpected second place behind the winner Christian Ahlmann and Codex One.