Seven-time Olympic medalist, two-time World Champion, four-time European Champion, and winner of nine World Cups, Anky van Grunsven is one of the most decorated Dressage riders in the world. Follow her her journey to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in the official Athlete Blog of the 2010 Games.
Welcome to my first blog entry for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Right now it’s February and in about seven months the World Championships--the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games--begin.
Twenty years ago I competed in my first World Championship. I competed on Prisco at that time, my first horse. I got him when I was twelve years old and I even rode him in the 1988 Olympics. I know how to prepare for the World Championships but every time again it’s a big event and a lot to prepare for, especially this year, when the WEG takes place in the States.
By riding in shows regularly I keep myself focused and the horses fit and in the routine of the shows. This rhythm is very important for the horses. At this stage I am not quite sure which horse I will compete on, Salinero or I.P.S Painted Black, so I will compete on both during the outdoor season. But before the outdoor season starts, we first have several indoor shows, ending with the World Cup Finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. There are many good Dutch riders at the moment so it’s not sure I can ride the final.
Next weekend I have the last qualifier in Göteborg, Sweden. I will keep you updated!
For more information about Anky van Grunsven, visit her website, www.anky.com