In Memoriam  

4 Apr 2004

Olympic Champion Alfons Lutke Westhues (GER) passed away 


Alfons Ltke Westhues (GER), team Olympic Champion in 1956, died on 8 March 2004, at the age of 73. His team mates at the Olympic Games of Stockholm in 1956 were Gnter Winkler on Halla and the late Frits Thiedemann on Meteor. His brother August won two Olympic Eventing medals at the same Olympic Games. In 1958, with his Olympic mare Ala, Ltke Westhues was a member of the German Nations Cup Team at the three CSIOs of the North American Fall Circuit of Harris Burg, New York and Toronto.

Alfons Ltke Westhues was born on a farm in West Bevern. In 1953, he was invited together with his brother by Gustav Rau to join the Eventing stables in Warendorf, but he preferred Jumping and competed internationally until 1960, riding in 26 Nations Cups. In following decades, he became course designer and international judge.