Training and Competing in Europe

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Following her success in the 2003 Pan American Games, Yvonne decided to take a new step in her pursuit of becoming a better rider. She was invited to train in Germany with Jan Bemelmans, the dressage master who has led the Spanish dressage team to international success in the Olympics, as well as the European and World Championships. All her top horses were moved to Krefeld, Germany in 2005, where she based her operations for the next three years.

While it was not easy to commute between the Dominican Republic and Germany, Yvonne understood this was a critical career move. “Moving to Jan’s barn was a real wake-up call for me. Not just for training with him, which in itself is an incredible experience, but by being able to work next to some of the world’s best riders from countries such as Spain, Denmark, Russia and Germany. Every day you learn something, just by watching them ride and train with Jan.”

Yvonne Losos de Muniz in Germany
Yvonne Losos de Muniz in Germany
Prior to working with Jan Bemelmans, Yvonne trained with Jeff Ashton Moore from the United States, Diederik Wigmans from the Netherlands and the legendary Harry Boldt from Germany. She now continues to work with Wigmans and on occasion with British Dressage Olympian Carl Hester. She feels that every trainer has provided her with valuable insights into different training methods, something she applies nearly every time she rides.

The pressure of competing in Europe also proved to be a new challenge, says Yvonne, “Showing in Germany, even at national shows, is a challenge. You might have thirty entries at any FEI-level class, and nearly all the riders, even amateurs, are extremely correct and competitive. After over two three years of hard work, I can now see how my time in Europe improved in my riding, it is something hard to duplicate anywhere else in the world.”

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