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01Feb 15

Jumping Amsterdam; quite a party!

It must have been 1979 when I witnessed David Broome winning the Puissance show-jumping in the most spectacular manner. If I'm not mistaken he was hanging on to to the neck of his horse in order to cross the finish-line without his feet touching the ground. Also, I vaguely remember the commentator yelling histerically something about David having just become a father for the first time.

Of course it is possible I made most of this up in my imagination and, despite my efforts to google the finer details, other than the fact he won it was impossible to find any more on it.
At that time I had not made up my mind what kind of horse-rider I wanted to be. In Holland the riding club was and still is, the same as affiliated and dressage and show-jumping was mostly done by all riders. Some riders and horses at a higher level excelled in show-jumping, others in dressage. Most horses started a diverse career as that is how horses were bred and riders were taught.
In 1997 there was a dressage demonstration in the program and although David Broome made us all scream; the beautiful black horse effortlessly  dancing across the bright sand followed by the spotlights made me cry.
It was not until 1989 that dressage became a proper part of Jumping Amsterdam and on Saturday there was lots of it. 
To be there again after all those years was quite a party. Melancholy mixed with an enormous amount of admiration for what the horse sport in Holland has achieved. The beginning of the day was an eye-opener though, as the standard of the young riders in the Team Challenge class was so very high. Working with two young girls in Cornwall who are on the BYRDS scheme it gave me a very thorough idea about our homework. 
With the stallion show in Den Bosch coming up next week I will have another decent dose of Dutch horsemanship.
But...... despite my earlier mentioned admiration I do have one wish: for the general purpose and all-round horse not to disappear.


Hi Liz So gld you are having a great time! Missing youxxxxx
liz Read, 3rd February 2015

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