When I catch up with uber-horseman and eventing living legend Michael Jung, he’s fresh off a stellar early 2018 season, and gearing up for more. The guy is unstoppable – not that I just figured that out, but it gets me every single time. I was dying to get inside the mind of the man who seems to win at everything he does, so I did.

“I’ve focused a bit more on the show jumping this year and the plan is to do some Nations Cups, but we have to see how everything works out,” says Jung. “Fischersolution [a 9-year-old mare by Carthino Z], who I won with in Kronenburg recently is my best show jumping horse, along with Fischerchelsea (Check In 2 x Argent) and Sportsmann S (Stolzenberg x Calido I).

Michael has been back at home in Germany off and on, bringing his equally enviable string of eventing horses back into work in preparation for the remainder of the 2018 season, with the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina as the big goal. “The World [Equestrian] Games is my big goal for eventing [for the rest of this year]. I don’t think it’s a possibility to compete at WEG in the showjumping, too, though!” he jokes.

I’m not so sure. Is there no end to the 35-year-old triple Olympic gold medalist’s talents? The jury is still out (although leaning towards ‘hell no’ since the end has yet to be seen), but in the meantime, I begged Michael for just a few secrets to his massive success.

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