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National coach Rob Ehrens of show jumping riders: ‘Difficult to get team in a flow’ | Regional sports

Finally good news for the show jumping riders. It now really looks like Indoor Brabant The Dutch Masters will take place from April 23 in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. The horse lockdown that was instituted due to the dangerous rhinovirus will be lifted next week.




World Riding Federation FEI gave the green light last weekend for the organization of international equestrian competitions from 12 April.

National coach Rob Ehrens of the Dutch show jumping riders is relieved to the news. “The entire competition calendar has been overhauled in recent months. Matches were moved or were killed altogether. Then it is very nice that Indoor Brabant continues. The riders are very happy to be able to ride in Den Bosch, finally a top level competition. ”


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The riders are very happy to be able to ride in Den Bosch, finally a top level competition

Rob Ehrens

In the weekend (23-25 ​​April) in which originally the NK jumping in Mierlo was on the agenda and which would also be the starting signal for the outdoor season, the top riders now jump in the covered Brabanthallen. This date turned out not to be feasible for the dressage riders. With a view to preparations for the Olympic Games, they focus specifically on the outdoor season. This year there is therefore no World Cup dressage competition in Den Bosch.

Not easier

Springbondscoach Ehrens is delighted to see his riders in action in the Brabanthallen, but he also wonders how many competitions will follow. “Yes, I am worried. The whole selection process is not getting any easier ”, says Ehrens, who has been national coach for almost twenty years. ,, I think the fitness of the horses is not the biggest problem yet. The riders have that well organized at home. They keep their horses ‘fit to compete’. Although there is of course an essential difference between training at home and matches against world class players. ”

National coach Rob Ehrens of the show jumping riders © ANP

To care

Ehrens says he is most concerned about the way he gets his jumping team in a winning mood. “To be able to take a shot at medals, I have to get the team into a flow. There must be a certain dynamic in the team. And that is only possible through good performance. That is why it is so important that we can compete in the run-up to Tokyo. There are only a few country matches left before I have to announce my Olympic selection in early July. In any case, we travel with two different teams to St. Gallen (early June) and La Baule (mid-June). It also looks like CHIO Rotterdam will continue at the beginning of July. ”


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It looks like CHIO Rotterdam will continue at the beginning of July

Rob Ehrens

In the unlikely event that the riders take too little action in the run-up to the Olympic Games, Ehrens will look at ‘past results’. “It will then be very difficult for inexperienced horses to enter the Olympic selection.”

National coach Rob Ehrens of show jumping riders: ‘Difficult to get team in a flow’ | Regional sports
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