Olympic judge, clinician, chairwoman of the International Dressage Judges' Club, organizer of CDI Schoten and the Castles Classic Cup, stimulant behind the popularization of the Kur, president of the 1998 WEG judges' committee; there is only one woman behind this long list of realisations and that is Mariette Withages.
If one were to name the most rising Belgian combination of 1999, there would only be one option: Geert van der Borght and Rosantica. Bred and owned by Roger Janssens from equestrian facility "De Verbrande Brug" in Eppegem, Belgium, Rosantica is by the Holsteiner Camus out of the TB mare Le Madeleine xx by Saint Philippe xx.
Rearing, bucking, a tongue sticking out of the mouth, a tail rotating like a propellor; these are all indications of heavy or light resistance. Each dressage rider occasionally deals with one of these features during a training session.
With Gestion Bonfire being 17 years old and having run such a large amount of competitions, the question often rises whether Anky van Grunsven will opt for her first horse Bonfire for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney
More and more stallion owners feel the need to have their "possessions" compete in the big ring to attract more breedings. This trend which started in the sixties seems to be climaxing as statistics show that a large portion of the top international dressage mounts are of male gender, and licensed for breeding.