Frenk Jespers Coaching Russian Dressage Riders in Moscow
KWPN selection committee member and dressage trainer Frenk Jespers has been coaching Russian dressage riders in Moscow. The Dutchman recently returned from another two-day training seminar in the capital of Russia and is extremely pleased with the level of riding and quality of horses he has seen there.
"I gave my first clinics there last year in September," Jespers told the KWPN society. "They have really good horses there, a few of them Dutch bred, and a couple of very good riders. They only lack professional guidance."
A few of the Russian clients came in contact with Jespers through the KWPN Guided Tour, which took place during the 2011 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch in February.
"They became so enthusiastic and with a follow-up like this one you create a circle of trust with the Russian contacts," Jespers commented. "Initially people are reluctant because you come to pull their money out of their pockets. However, by investing intensively and creating a tight relationship between dealing and training horses, this can grow into something really nice."
Jesper praised the ambition and enthusiasm of the Russian dressage riders. "It's a very interesting development," he said. "You notice that these riders in Moscow are eager to learn; at all levels, from junior and young riders to young horses and combinations which are Grand Prix ready. They prefer to ride internationally straight away and I'll predict that they will do well."
Jespers admitted that there is a language barrier. "Not all of them speak English, but there is an interpreter in the arena. Those days are incredibly hard work but they are worth it. I enjoyed it very much, it was a unique experience in a positive way. You really get the feeling that you are teaching these people something and help them on their way."
Text © KWPN, translated by Eurodressage
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