Reports Index


2016 CDI Wellington

Globalising the dressage world as riders attempt to earn precious points for their Rio rider ranking, equine transport company Guido Klatte has shipped numerous European based riders as well as South Americans  to the U.S.A. as they are heading down to Wellington in droves. The company has seen a huge boost in flights between Europe and America.


Training Your Horse

A dressage test typically takes about 6 minutes to complete and of those 6 minutes the first centreline is where the judges get the first impression of you and your horse. I have often watched riders stagger down the first centreline, plop into the halt, wobble out of it, and then get right up to C before making a wiz bang turn to the left or right, without any warning of which way they might be going. I am often on the edge of my seat, wondering, will he go left or right?


A Walk on the Premises

There are more pleasant months than November to visit Finland, the Scandinavian country with its checkered history high up in the North of Europe. However climate change doesn't stop there and binary plus temperatures greeted us on arrival, even though the early pitch-black darkness made the drive from Helsinki airport an unusual adventure for somebody from middle Europe. Eurodressage's way to one of Finland's young up and coming international dressage riders led through seemingly endless lonesome woods, with villages and some civilzation only now and then to be seen.


Child Stars - Where are they Now?

Former Dutch pony team silver medal winning rider Kimberley de Jongh gave up horses and riding after tragedy ended her very promising career at junior riders level. While she remembers her dressage dreams her life has now taken a new direction in professional body building.


Greatest Oldies

In the summer of 1974 the world looked rosy for Harry Boldt, one of Germany’s most successful post war dressage riders. With a black Westfalian gelding named Golo he became 4th at the World Championships in Copenhagen. It was a nice surprise coming so close to the podium with a horse whose conformation was so far from ideal nobody betted a penny on him. However only months later Boldt’s chances of joining the German team in 1975 diminished, when Golo sold. Where this door closed, it opened a window for Woyzeck to move in.

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