Once again Mitja Hinzpeter leads the way
Mitja Hinzpeter at EQUITANA 2019
It was a highly emotional occasion
Mitja Hinzpeter and Macchiato had just celebrated winning the Working Equitation Cup as, moments later, silence descended on the arena. All the spotlights were on the winning couple as Mitja Hinzpeter gently removed his stallion’s bridle and saddle before they left the arena together. The career of this very special pair began in exactly the same place many years previously at the EQUITANA Show Cup, the event that first drew attention to this unlikely couple. As Mitja reminisces, “At the time I was a blacksmith and rode just for fun”. In the meantime, he is World and European Champion as well as multiple German Champion in the young discipline of working equitation. “I owe everything I have achieved to Macchiato.” Although his sporting career is now over, Macchiato is still very much in demand as a breeding stallion and will very probably appear once again at EQUITANA in 2021. You can see some moving pictures of Macchiato’s send-off here.