DressageDirect News on Laura Bechtolsheimer and Anky van Grunsven
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Laura Bechtolsheimer was crowned Dressage Deluxe national champion on her WEG reserve horse Andretti at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
Having topped the Grand Prix by four per cent, it was no surprise indeed. Her mistake-free kür produced even a great score of 78.55%.
Laura Bechtolsheimer who won an individual bronze medal last year at the EC in Hickstead, showed her perseverance and focus, as she felt Andretti deserved the title “My mind is a little bit in Kentucky already, but I didn’t want to let Andretti down. He deserves a completely focused rider and he deserves this title,” the young newly crowned British champion said.
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Dressage rider and trainer/coach Anky van Grunsven will support the private initiative of Ukrainian Vitaliy Gayduk with her Anky Education Center. The former Minister of Steel and Industry has started a long-term project. His main goals is getting the Olympic equestrian disciplines of Ukraine to international top-level in the future.
Van Grunsven will be responsible for the dressage part. Van Grunsven: "It is fantastic that I get the chance to not only train one single rider but an entire country in dressage."
Gayduk will open a hypermodern equestrian center near Kiev in 2012, with e.g. a show jumping area, dressage arena, cross country course, numbers of fixed boxes and working space for vets, farriers and physiotherapists.
The founder of the project went abroad to find the right knowledge. He was very clear in his choice for triple Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven. "Anky proved to get to the top and to stay there with a clear vision. With contracting her, we show our goals: we aim for the best."
Van Grunsven visited Kiev last weekend for a second time in a short period of time. This time she went to see the horses and riders. Van Grunsven: "We will start immediately. We will have to wait for the new equestrian center for about one and a half year, but of course in the meantime we’ll start with training the riders."
So far the current equestrian center in Kiev, not far from the airport is the place to be. Van Grunsven: "It is a good place to work. I will travel to the Ukraine once a month for training. However because The Netherlands is situated more central in Europe for travelling to European competitions, the riders and horses will also be situated in Erp several times. At my Anky Education Center they can train as well and from here they can easily travel to all international shows."
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