Reining down in London!
With less than a month till the commencement of this year’s London Olympics, Anky Van Grunsven hasn’t dropped the reining but is focusing on her dressage career having scored herself a spot in the German team.
“I’m very excited to have made another Olympics!” says Anky.
“I do miss reining, and at the moment I still continue to train in this discipline, but only train at home.
But I will return to reining competition after the Olympics!”
Anky says she did not start preparing for London at any particular moment, but just continues to work hard, and focus on her training with partner Sjef.
“My path to London has had both its ups-and-downs, however I finally feel I found the right way….up!”
With such a momentous event on the horizon I wondered what other aspects Anky adds to her training, to ensure she arrives at the games in tip top form?
“I don’t have special mental training,” says Anky.
But physically I have spent the last 8 months working with a personal trainer.”
Helped along by this extra muscle power, Anky’s dream for London is to achieve, well… perfection!
“I hope we can do a test that is as good as possible for us to produce in that moment.
But the percentage I would be happy with…100% :)”
Having been recently named in the Dutch team along side Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival and Edward Gal on Undercover, Anky will enter the arena on Salinero, her 18-yo Hanoverian gelding, proving that with the right partner one horse can remain at the top for a long time!
Having beaten both the Dutch and the German team at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky, the British are again looking strong, but Anky knows the longstanding dressage greats will not give up!
“The horses to watch will be Valegro, Totilas, Parzival and Damon Hill,” says Anky.
“The British and the German teams will be the nations to beat!
But I think the Germans can get back on top… they always do!”
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