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Gerd Wiltfang on Roman

Remembering the birthday of Gerd Wiltfang (27 april 1946 – 1 July 1997). Here he is on Roman.

Gerd Wiltfang - Roman

Gerd Wiltfang – Roman

Gerd Wiltfang (1946-1997) training

Gerd Wiltfang at the CHIO Rotterdam in 1967.

Gerd Wiltfang training in Rotterdam 1967

Gerd Wiltfang training in Rotterdam 1967

In Memoriam: Gerd Wiltfang (1946-1997)

Remembering Gerd Wiltfang, who was born on this day 66 years ago. He was one the most talented riders ever and was only 51 years old when he died of heart failure in 1997.

Gerd Wiltfang - Roman in Aachen

Gerd Wiltfang - Roman, World Champion 1978 in Aachen

Gerd Wiltfang (* April 27,  1946 in Stuhr; † July 1, 1997  in Thedinghausen), a baker’s son who became individual World Champion and won Olympic team gold. He was discovered  in 1964, at the age of 17, by Alwin Schockemöhle, who brought him to Mühlen and took him under his wings. Already in 1965 Wiltfang took his first big international victory winning the Amsterdam Grand Prix on Schockemöhle’s Freiherr. A year later, then 20 years old, he became German champion on Ferdl and Ferrara (he won the German Championship two more times, on Askan in 1971 and on Roman in 1979).

In 1967 he started riding for the rich German sponsor Josef Kun in Homberg. Kun bought him great horses and in 1971 the greatest of them all, the grey Hanoverian Askan for a world record sum from Paul Schockemöhle. The same year Wiltfang won the King George V Gold Cup on Askan. A year later they were part of the gold medal winning German team at Munich Olympics, but although being the big favourite he failed in the individual competition. He won the Aachen Grand Prix in 1976 on Davos. In 1977 he entered the scene on a new superhorse called Roman. It was with Roman that he won his greatest title, the World Championships in Aachen 1978, beating Eddie Macken by a quarter of a time fault. In 1979 he won another great title on Roman, becoming European Champion in Rotterdam. The couple also won the 1979 Derby in Hamburg. Among his other successful horses were Dämon, Goldika, Dorian Grey, Abadan, Galipolis and Duell.

Gerd Wiltfang – Amsterdam GP 1965

Gerd Wiltfang was only 18 years old when he won his first big international Grand Prix in Amsterdam in 1965 riding Alwin Schockemöhle’s Freiherr.

Gerd Wiltfang - GP Amsterdam 1965

Gerd Wiltfang – GP Amsterdam 1965

 

Gerd Wiltfang - GP Amsterdam 1965

Gerd Wiltfang – GP Amsterdam 1965

 

Puissance in London 1980 – video

Puissance at Olympia in London 1980 with the wall is 2.26 m. Here’s the last jump-off with David Broome on Mr Ross, Patrick Caron on Gai Sarde, Gerd Wiltfang on Roman and Hugo Simon on Landgräfin.

In Memoriam: Gerd Wiltfang

Gerd Wiltfang on Askan in Munich 1972

Gerd Wiltfang on Askan in Munich 1972

Gerd Wiltfang (* April 27,  1946 in Stuhr; † July 1, 1997  in Thedinghausen), a baker’s son who became individual World Champion and won Olympic team gold. He was discovered  in 1964, at the age of 17, by Alwin Schockemöhle, who brought him to Mühlen and took him under his wings. Already in 1965 Wiltfang took his first big international victory winning the Amsterdam Grand Prix on Schockemöhle’s Freiherr. A year later, then 20 years old, he became German champion on Ferdl and Ferrara (he won the German Championship two more times, on Askan in 1971 and on Roman in 1979).

In 1967 he started riding for the rich German sponsor Josef Kun in Homberg. Kun bought him great horses and in 1971 the greatest of them all, the grey Hanoverian Askan for a world record sum from Paul Schockemöhle. The same year Wiltfang won the King George V Gold Cup on Askan. A year later they were part of the gold medal winning German team at Munich Olympics, but although being the big favourite he failed in the individual competition. He won the Aachen Grand Prix in 1976 on Davos. In 1977 he entered the scene on a new superhorse called Roman. It was with Roman that he won his greatest title, the World Championships in Aachen 1978, beating Eddie Macken by a quarter of a time fault. In 1979 he won another great title on Roman, becoming European Champion in Rotterdam. The couple also won the 1979 Derby in Hamburg. Among his other successful horses were Dämon, Goldika, Dorian Grey, Abadan, Galipolis and Duell.

Wiltfang died in 1997 of heart failure.

Gerd Wiltfang on Roman

Gerd Wiltfang on Roman

Achievments:

  • Olympic Games
    • 1972 in Munich: Team gold medal on Askan
  • World Championships
    • 1978 in Aachen: Individual gold medal on Roman
    • 1982 in Dublin: Team silver medal on Roman
  • European Championships
    • 1977 in Vienna: Team bronze  medal on Davos
    • 1979 in Rotterdam: Team silver medal and Individual gold medal on Roman
    • 1981 in Munich: Team gold medal on Roman
  • German Championships
    • Champion 1966, 1971 and 1979
  • CHIO Aachen
    • Winner of the Aachen Grand Prix in1976 on Davos
  • Hamburg Derby
    • Winner in 1979 on Roman

Olympics 1972 team comp. – video

This is the incredibly exciting battle for Olympic team gold between Germany and USA in Munich 1972. In this video clip we see Gerd Wiltfang on Askan, Piero d’Inzeo on Easter Light, Hans Günter Winkler on Torphy and William Steinkraus on Main Spring in the second round of the team competition. The final result:

1. West Germany with 32 penalties (Fritz Ligges – Robin 4+4, Hartwig Steenken – Simona 4+8, Gerd Wiltfang – Askan 8+4, Hans Günter Winkler – Torphy 8+8)

2. USA with 32,25 penalties (William Steinkraus – Main Spring 0+4, Neal Shapiro – Sloopy 8,25+0, Frank Chapot – White Lightning 8+28, Kathy Kusner – Fleet Apple 20+12)

3. Italy with 48 penalties (Vittorio Orlandi – Fulmer Feather Duster 4+4, Raimondo d’Inzeo – Fiorello 8+4, Graziano Mancinelli – Ambassador 20+8, Piero d’Inzeo – Easter Light 87,25+48)