During the Christmas holidays Eurodressage's most popular "End of the Year Questions" series returns to the website. We have asked the most important dressage figures of 2012, and that can include riders, trainers, judges, journalists and other prominent dressage personalities, to review the year 2012.
On this glorious 2012 Christmas day, it is time for Eurodressage's most popular "End of the Year Questions" series to return to the website. We have asked the most important dressage figures of 2012 to review their 2012 and share their personal enterprises of the year with us.
In 1980 the first dressage rider from the world’s smallest continent made an appearance at an international championships. The late Judith MacKay was the very first from her far away country Australia to come over to Europe to compete with her Australian bred Debonair (by Coronet) in the 1980 Olympic Festival at Goodwood.
Claiming victory in the Junior Riders team championeship test and kur to music at the 2012 CDI-W Kaposvar as well as the 2012 CDI Fot last month, Hungarian Réka Kristof is a young gun in dressage with a good feeling. The 16-year old had an after summer peak at these two Eastern European CDI shows after having been the best performing Hungarian junior at the 2012 European Junior Riders Championships in Berne, Switzerland.
Claiming the Czech Republic's Dressage Rider and Dressage Horse of the Year titles in 2011, Ema Jancarova has earned even greater success in 2012, taking out the Grand Prix and Special at the CDI3* in Fót aboard her 15-year old Czech warmblood Athos (by Adriano x Dietward).
Recently retiring as Spanish team trainer after well over a decade on the job, Jan Bemelmans doesn't have any big plans for the near future, but will just enjoy getting back to what he does best. However, the Dusseldorf based trainer told to Eurodressage that he does not exclude co-operating with a new national federation again.