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The WoSJ guest blogger from day two at the Europeans; Jos Verlooy

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Hi everyone,

Day 2 of the European Championship has finished and Domino jumped super. He is such a scopey and nice horse, and I am very lucky to have him. We bought him from his breeder as a seven year old three years ago, and we have developed together up to this level.

We have had a very strong season. In Calgary Domino jumped very good and we were placed in many Grand Prix classes. It was still a surprise that I was chosen for the championships though. I am only 17 and I was never really thinking about going to the Europeans this year. I was just doing my thing and trying to prepare my horse for next year and the things to come. Then about a month ago I got the call that I was the reserve - a very nice surprise.

There was not much time or need for any bigger adjustments, but I have been paying him some extra attention and working a little bit on his form. But he felt good after Calgary so in the end I was really just doing the same thing as always. I also brought Harrie with me here as my trainer. I have nearly grown up with Harrie as he has been with us for so long, and he always knows best so I didn’t want to change that.

So far the courses have been quite nice. It has not been the biggest courses, but we can probably expect it to become bigger. I will only have to do my best and ride jump by jump. I have to ride well and then Domino normally jumps good. Hopefully we will reach the final - which is my goal. I am of course already very happy, but a place in the final would make it perfect.

Now I will spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for tomorrow’s challenges.


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