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As my old tractor, built in the 1960’s was slowly giving up, everyone said the farm needs a Fendt. So I bought a Fendt
Hinrich Romeike, Olympic eventing medal winner & horse owner, Germany - 200 Vario, Cargo
As my old tractor, built in the 1960’s was slowly giving up, everyone said the farm needs a Fendt. So I bought a Fendt

The riding dentist drives Vario

Hinrich Romeike is a rare bird. At least in the international equestrian scene. Despite a full-time job as a practicing dentist in Rendsburg, he is an international success. For example, he received a double Olympic win in eventing in Hong Kong in 2008. Or the world champion title in the team event in Aachen. In June 2013, he made his way to Aachen, to the annual CHIO, the world’s biggest international equestrian tournament. But not to participate in the competitions.

The field track that branches off towards the south from the main road between Rendsburg and Heide is lined with birches. Behind them are pastures, which are bordered by groups of trees here and there. At the end of the unpaved road stands a brick house with a thatched roof. The Romeike family lives in this idyllic setting. Next to the house, two brown mares cavort in the paddock. Hinrich Romeike sits on the terrace and watches them. Everything is quiet. Hinrich Romeike learned to ride in the local club when he was ten years old. His father, who is an enthusiastic rider, encouraged him to start. “At the beginning I actually put a lot of effort into riding, until I saw that my sister was better than I,” laughs the fifty-year-old. Success didn't wait long. In 1983, he became the German runner-up for young riders in eventing, victories and rankings in many national tournaments followed. “Then somewhere along the way I bought Marius,” reveals the father of three. Marius is his bold, reliable and fearless Holsteiner gelding, with which he has won countless national and international competitions. “In his entire career in eventing, the horse has not once refused to compete. He always wanted to do everything right,” he says, praising his grey horse. Today the Olympic horse enjoys its retirement with the other eleven horses that belong to the Romeikes in the stable and on the paddock across from their home, which is adjacent to the riding area.

“… without getting a single drop of oil on my fingers.”

Claas, their oldest son, who has discovered eventing for himself, is training there now. His father has given up his riding sport career for the time being for him. “I am coaching my son right now and that is a great pleasure,” comments the experienced rider, known for his level-headed manner, while he watches how Claas jumps over the bars with his horse.

Characteristics such as this calm and concentrated manner, coupled with ambition, are surely what made this riding dentist a world-class rider. For the greatest part, this calm is based on Romeike’s basic principle to gain time through technical work simplification. For example, with a Fendt 200 Vario. “As my old tractor, built in the 1960’s was slowly giving up, everyone said the farm needs a Fendt. So I bought a Fendt,” he says in his dry northern German manner.

“If things have to be done quickly on the farm, then comfort, user-friendliness and reliability as well as the Vario transmission of a Fendt 200 are indispensible,” he continues and confirms that he can practically move the Cargo front loader with his little finger.

“A Fendt is exactly the right tractor for a dentist, whose hands are an important tool and who quickly has to get a bale of hay during his lunch break. The bale grab is attached in two minutes, without getting a single drop of oil on my fingers. That is important, because a half an hour later, I’m working with a patient again,” he sums up and recalls how he sat on the terrace with the Fendt factory representative, Jörn Schiersmann, to talk to him about the equipment for his new Fendt tractor.

Fendt is the main sponsor of the national German equestrian team

It is practically Hinrich Romeike’s fault that the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein also has competitions in the equestrian discipline of eventing since 2007. That’s what he says, and he is really proud of that. Because, as the German eventing team claimed the title in the World Championships 2006 in Aachen, it was their friendly behaviour, fairness and pleasant manner that convinced the organisers of the event and prompted the decision to include eventing in the CHIO Aachen.

The Fendt exhibition stand in the CHIO Village was a true visitor magnet every day.

Change of scene: Hinrich Romeike returns to the town of the world equestrian festival in June 2013. Fendt is the main sponsor of the national German equestrian team and official product partner for agricultural machinery at the CHIO Aachen, and Hinrich Romeike wants to interest and inform Fendt guests about the cross-country course and the sport of eventing in general. Because he has a heart for this – “his” – discipline. “I think that equestrian sports in general, and eventing in particular, are very good types of sports. It demands correctness in dressage, courage in jumping and speed in cross-country,” he explains convincingly, while he is on the way to the 250 sqm Fendt exhibition stand in the Aachener Village at the CHIO. The three Fendt tractors from the 900, 700 and 200 Vario series, which the agricultural equipment manufacturer has placed there, already attract attention from afar.

Despite thick grey rainclouds, many people have gathered there to tour the cross-country course with the Olympic winner and Antje Kröber, AGCO Event Manager. Romeike explains the special features of the obstacles, describes the cross-country course and explains what the rider and horse have to pay attention to on their way through the course together. After the march through the Aachener Soers, the tour ends in the jumping stadium, the finishing line of the cross-country course. Several 200er Fendt Varios are just in the process of setting up the course. The small, manoeuvrable narrow track and standard tractors can be seen all over the grounds, for ground maintenance in the dressage stadium or in the warm-up arena. Overall, AGCO Fendt has provided ten tractors for the CHIO. The Fendt logos on the riding jackets and T-shirts of the national German equestrian team and the advertising in the big jumping and dressage stadium as well as on the cross-country course are also evidence of the great commitment Fendt has for equestrian sports.

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The German dressage team (back row) with (front row from left to right) Head of the team Klaus Röser, Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of the AGCO Corporation and Steve Clarke, AGCO Vice President Sales and Marketing, at the Fendt exhibition stand at the CHIO Aachen.

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    The dressage riders Helen Langehanenberg and Fabienne Lütgemeier are visibly having fun on a Fendt tractor.

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    Hats belong to equestrian sports like the foamed milk on a cappuccino.

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    The German dressage team (back row) with (front row from left to right) Head of the team Klaus Röser, Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of the AGCO Corporation and Steve Clarke, AGCO Vice President Sales and Marketing, at the Fendt exhibition stand at the CHIO Aachen.

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    Eventing rider Hinrich Romeike, Olympic winner 2008 and World Champion 2006, speaks with Antje Kröber, AGCO Event Manager.

Recipe for success: keep on working on yourself and your basic skills

Back at the exhibition stand, the Fendt stand supervisors Bernd Brischwein, Fendt Factory Representative, Thomas Fischer and Stefan Menne, both product specialists at Fendt, have their hands full. Internationally successful dressage riders, such as Anabel Balkenhol, Fabienne Lütkemeier and Isabell Werth are signing autographs for visitors. Guests such as Martin Richenhagen, AGCO Chairman, President and CEO, Steve Clarke, AGCO Vice President Sales and Marketing, and Peter-Josef Paffen, Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board, meet here. Hinrich Romeike is also at the stand. Despite the pouring rain, he is satisfied with the course. The Soers in Aachen is something like his second home. He has won many prizes here with Marius. Of course, it is a long way to such success. The experts therefore advise young riders to learn to ride properly, to continually work on themselves and their basics skills and, as far as possible, to ride different horses every so often.

He still is not sure, if he will be returning to major equestrian sports again. In any case, he will remain loyal to eventing, even if it is as a coach contributing to his son following in his footsteps and continuing the tradition. A lot of things have tradition in the Romeike family: his grandfather and father were also dentists.