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Anna-Julia Kontio and Markus Fuchs join Team Harmony

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Photo (c) Team Harmony Anna-Julia Kontio joins Team Harmony. Photo (c) Team Harmony.

Setting its sights on new talent and enhancing its long-standing reputation in the jumping circuit, Team Harmony has officially confirmed today new members both in and out of the arena. 

27-year-old Anna-Julia Kontio (FIN) is due to make her debut with Team Harmony this weekend at Moorselein Belgium. Whilst 28-year-old Peter Moloney (IRL) will be riding at Bolesworth in Great Britain having recently ridden for the team earlier this year.

All riders of Team Harmony will have the added benefit of the watchful eye and guidance of five time Olympian legend Markus Fuchs (SUI) who will become Team Harmony’s new coach.  This new phase of development will additionally be bolstered by the appointment of Alain Storme as the Director of Team Harmony who played a pivotal role in its growth in the 90’s.

Set up in 1994 by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein under the guidance and encouragement of her late father HM King Hussein I, Team Harmony was instrumental in HRH Princess Haya’s equestrian career and long-standing passion for the sport. 

Announcing the new appointments HRH Princess Haya, said today: “Nearly twenty-five years since the creation of Team Harmony, I cannot express my excitement and pride in having such talent in the Team Harmony stable today. As my father gave me confidence and determination at the early stage of my own career, I now too can look forward to rebuilding something so close to my heart.  I have been inspired by the energy and hungry talent of the new members and that, mixed with the expertise, skills and values of those around them will I know be an exciting chapter in Team Harmony’s future."

Newest member of the Team Anna- Julia Kontio, commented: "This is just an amazing opportunity for me which HRH Princess Haya has given me a chance to be part of Team Harmony and to wear the iconic black and gold, I’ve always worked hard for my goals and this is one big step in my life and career. Horses, riding and the sport with it is a big passion for me. I love to see horses improving and improve my riding every day. I’m very much looking forward to the future with the best team I could have ever wished for"

Peter Moloney echoed these comments by saying: “Every day it’s a joy to go to work as part of Team Harmony. Not only do I have the support and guidance of the whole team - I ride with the knowledge that I am part of something very unique. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is my career and cannot thank HRH and the entire team for welcoming me into a team full of pride.”

 New Team Harmony coach Markus Fuchs concluded: “Throughout my own jumping career, I have always appreciated the support and guidance of others. Now having the privilege of joining a team bursting with heritage and energy is something I am so looking forward to. I see this as a real and exciting challenge to boost these two young talents, it’s time now to roll up our sleeves and get to work!"


Text and picture: Press release © from Team Harmony

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