Boy Adrian van Gelderen (Belgium), Jonathan Gordon (Ireland), Maria Madenova (Russia), Marcell Marschall (Germany), Margeaux Rocuet (France) and George Whitaker (UK) gathered in Lausanne and Geneva this week to complete their education route in veterinary, mental coaching, communication and legal issues. “Special guest of this session has been the international course designer Louis Koninckx who gave interesting guidelines to keep in mind while walking the course,” says Sven Holmberg, sport manager of the program.
The team has been welcomed at the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne as well, where FEI President Ingmar De Vos introduced to them keys for future growth in showjumping.
“Thanks to the mental coaching classes, I really learned how to deal with stressful moments,” commented Boy Adrian Van Gelderen.
"Not only am I extremely grateful for all the knowledge that has been shared with us but I'm very proud to be a member of the Young Riders Academy family. The training I have received from Ludger Beerbaum was exactly as I had hoped for. Small tips make big differences,” said Jonathan Gordon.
“It's a great feeling to work with young people. This group is fantastic. They are passionate, they want to learn and used all the opportunities they have had,” states Eleonora Ottaviani, member of the board and one of the founders of Young Riders Academy project.
In a few months the 2016 selection will be announced, and other five-six riders will be nominated.
*** The Young Riders Academy is a program conceived for European talented young showjumpers, under the patronage of the European Equestrian Federation (EEF), with the cooperation of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) and the support of Rolex.
Founded in 2014 by Athenaeum, a non-profit association, the program will give talented riders between the ages of 18 and 23 the chance to get six months of training and boarding at a well-known professional stable. On top of that, professional education in communication, business and economics, veterinary and legal practice related to show jumping. The objective is to develop future champions as well as potential managers of this sport.)
Source: Press release from Young Riders Academy // Picture © YRA Fabio Petroni
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