British Grand Prix rider Nicky Barrett has been appointed new Spanish junior and young riders team trainer. She is succeeding German Ralph Michael Rash who has followed former Spanish GP team trainer Jan Bemelmans to France.
Luis Lucio, the new Dressage Director for the Spanish Equestrian Federation, went on the look-out for a new team trainer and found Barrett via his owner former coach David Hunt in Great Britain.
"I will be working closely with Luis on this," Barrett told Eurodressage. "We both share a passion for young rider development."
Barrett will be travelling to the 2013 CDI Toledo next week for her first meet-and-great with the riders.
"I am very keen to work primarily with the trainers as these are the people who have got the junior and young rider combinations where they are," she explained. "I don't want to come in and change all that. They will continue to work with them on a daily basis, I will travel back and forward to Spain."
Nicky Barrett was the 2002 British Grand Prix champion. She was the reserve for the 2002 World Equestrian Games and short-listed for the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2006 she started coaching the British Under 21 junior and young riders, but resigned in 2008, citing the lack of “leadership structure” within British Dressage for her departure at the time. Barrett is also a British list 1 judge.
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