“So now I can start to plan precisely…”
First I want to apologize for not updating my blog in a while! But there were many things to do and to get started to have a good run into an outstanding season.
The first international competition was held in Saumur, France in April. I did not compete there because my longeur was too busy and so I travelled with my team to support them.
Two weeks later in the Netherlands, I had my first international competition with my new Freestyle concept. The CVI** was held in Ermelo, NED where they have the KNHS, the National Riding Centre of the Netherlands. It is a nice venue which gave us a good opportunity for the first start. I won and I am quite satisfied with my progress so far.
The last weekend (May 1-2) we had the first WEG qualification in Germany.
At the “Prize of the Best” in western Germany was the first possibility for everybody to show up. This was quite important for me, because I needed to see how my routine works in tough competition, and I was very satisfied with my horse“Sir Bernhard RS vd Wintermühle”! He had some brilliant moments and some with a little lack of concentration, but he definitely keeps moving forward! And that was the most important thing to see.
My new Freestyle had good reviews, so I am happy with what the people and the press think about it. Not to forget the judges! And I am looking forward to present it more people in Europe and of course especially in the US!
I was happy to win, and in second place was my teammate Gero Meyer. He is a little older than me, but actually we are both the only ones left from an older generation of vaulters.
We can still show the young guys what’s going on and we are very proud of that!
After the awards ceremony the committee gave the official confirmation
that I have permission to compete in Kentucky for the 2010 WEG! The other individuals still need to qualify, but because of my success in past years (medal in every championship since 2003), and especially because of my shape at the moment and that I have quite a few top level horses, I got selected as the first Individual for the Games for Germany! That makes me very proud and I am truly happy to have reached that first, and very important, step by now!
When I was standing with Gero in the awards ceremony we made a pact that we will show the new generation what our passion for the sport is all about!
I will be sure to keep you posted about my journey to Kentucky!