Life After ‘Catch Me’: Laura Klaphake Is Charging Forward With Big Goals

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aura Klaphake might just be the amateur rider’s hero. The 24-year-old German show jumper skyrocketed to the heights of show jumping in 2018, highlighted by a team bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games™. She calls show jumping her “passion”, but not her business, as she’s pursuing a master’s degree in real estate development.

Laura’s name became synonymous with Paul Schockemöhle’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare Catch Me If You Can OLD (Catoki x Agentin), whom Laura brought up from her six-year-old year alongside her parents, Joseph and Gaby Klaphake. Before earning their spot at WEG, the duo jumped at the European Championships and was part of the winning Nations Cup team at Aachen and placed second at Rotterdam.

Paul, a respected horse dealer, reportedly turned down several lucrative offers for “Catch Me” prior to show jumping’s World Championships, but earlier this month, an agreement was officially made for the mare to change hands; Catch Me is now owned by 22-year-old Czech rider Anna Kellnerová.