Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin at the 2011 Global Dressage Forum

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 11:46
2011 Global Dressage Forum

Two favourites for the Olympic team dressage title, which will be at stake in August 2012 in London, are coming to Holland on 30 - 31 October 2011 to give a clinic with some of their best horses. Carl Hester and his assistant trainer Charlotte Dujardin will be giving a masterclass at the 2011 Global Dressage Forum, bringing top horse Valegro for the demonstration.

The British riders Carl Hester and his student and assistant trainer Charlote Dujardin were the sensation at the European Championships in Rotterdam. The English did beat the Germans (with Totilas) and the Dutch (with Adelinde Cornelissen) in the team competition and won the first gold medal in dressage for their country. Because of that and the two silver individual medals for Carl, the English have been declared the big favourites for the Olympic Games in London. For Carl and Charlotte this will be a home match!

At the end of October both riders come to the Global Dressage Forum in The Netherlands. Charlotte will bring her phenomenal horse Valegro (Negro x Maifleur), Carl will train her and also ride one of his top horses in a demonstration. During this clinic he will focus on his point of view of training: ‘It is not always what you see in training, but what you feel’. One of the secrets of the unexpectedly sensational success?

After years of domination, first from the German and later from the Dutch, the relations in the international dressage sport have been completely reshuffled. Ten months before the Olympic Games, the organization of the Global Dressage Forum invited these riders to Hooge Mierde “ to study once again and see what we can learn from the top riders” says Joep Bartels. Since 11 years the international dressage in crowed is yearly gathering at the Forum. “This year we expect more the 350 riders, trainers and other dressage enthusiasts from 25 different countries.

Program 2011:

Carl Hester & Charlotte Dujardin, Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein, Kyra Kyrklund,
Alizee Froment (Grand Pix test in a head collar) Andrew Mclean (Overshadowing: desensitizing horses to fear inducing stimuli) Trond Asmyr (FEI update) Hilary Clayton (canter: the changes that occur with training and the rhythm problems that may arise) Gillian Higgins (horse-inside-out) Inga Wolframm (recearch project on visual aspects) Katrina Wüst & Wim Ernes (judging) Tim Hadaway (road to Olympic Games)

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