At age 34 Germany’s Carola Koppelmann has had more Grand Prix horses than some riders will ever train in their whole career. Having recently retired her top Grand Prix horse Le Bo, the Warendorf based Koppelmann is rebooting her competition career with the Oldenburg gelding Desperado OLD.
For more than 15 years I have ventured to Switzerland on several occasions each year and so far all my visits have been blessed with good weather, except the very day I did "a walk on the premises" with Christian Pläge. At the end of August I returned to my most favourite country and after sunny hot days at the beginning of the week I confidently decided to make an appointment with the small country's top dressage rider of the past years: multiple national champion Marcela Krinke.
The picturesque Écuries des Basses Lisières, situated on the edge of the characteristic medieval village of Rouvres, just 60 kilometres from Paris and Versailles in the Department Eure-et-Loir, is where Marc Boblet is currently training around 22 competition horses, stabled in the delightfully restored barn of a charming French farm.
Ingrid Klimke might be one of the busiest riders on the international circuit and scheduling a visit with her at home is a challenging task. So when I planned a week at Warendorf I was not too optimistic, but became overjoyed when Ingrid's mum Ruth Klimke sent me a message that I can take part in an "open training" Ingrid and her team organise monthly to give visitors insight in her stable and training.
Since the 1980's Monica Theodorescu's name has listed firmly on German junior, young rider and Grand Prix senior teams. Stepping into the footsteps of her legendary parents George and Inge Theodorescu, Monica is one of Germany's most prominent dressage riders despite her demure and reserved composure.
The day Lone Jörgensen’s fascinating shooting star De Vito FBW shone at the World Cup qualifier in Neumünster I decided that it was really time to pay the blonde Dane a visit and show the readers of Eurodressage the place where world class horses such FBW Kennedy and Donna Asana were brought up.