Top talent for Equidays 2016

Two top class dressage coaches will be at Equidays. Worth going just to see these two!

Albert Voorn, a top coach. (Image: Rebecca Ashton)
Albert Voorn, a top show jumping coach from the Netherlands (Image: Rebecca Ashton)

Wow, Equidays is going to be exciting this year!  They have just announced two amazing clinicians for the event: one show jumping and one dressage.

Albert Voorn (Netherlands) is an silver-medal winning Olympian and a very gifted instructor: a legend in European show jumping circles. He’s eccentric, outspoken and known for achieving amazing results with straightforward methods.

“We’re thrilled to have Albert at Equidays this year,” says Ammie Hardie, Event Manager. “His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge will be a credit to the event and its visitors.”

Albert’s approach to training and riding saw him claim individual silver on the famously difficult Danish warmblood stallion Lando at the Sydney Olympics. Turned down by many top Danish riders because of his behaviour, Lando was eventually placed in the capable hands of Albert, who had been chosen not only for his competition record and riding skills, but also for his way of using intuition and empathy in training his horses.

He is a man who loves his job, frequently complimenting his pupils and interspersing his sessions with positive reinforcements.

“I think the only right way of riding, the only correct way, is the way that respects the natural functioning of the human being and the animal. At the moment that you respect that, the problems you run into are very, very little. There are no problems, there are only solutions,” says Albert.

Vanessa Way and KH Arion (Image: Annie Studholme)
Vanessa Way and KH Arion
(Image: Annie Studholme)

Top New Zealand dressage rider and trainer Vanessa Way will also be an Equidays clinician. She is an amazing coach, and everyone attending will be in for a treat. Having represented New Zealand numerous times, Vanessa has her sights set very firmly on doing so again. She currently holds the Level 2, 3 and 4 titles for the North Island Championships, the New Zealand National Championships and Horse of the Year. Her pupils are finding similar success, with titles that include Young Rider of the Year, NZ Young Rider Champion Level 6/7 and Level 5 Horse of the Year. Mostly recently, her star eventing pupil Clarke Johnstone finished ninth after the dressage at Badminton, which placed him as the highest Kiwi in a classy field.

Vanessa will be taking a range of dressage clinics at Equidays, where her enthusiastic manner is sure to prove a real inspiration.

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Equidays runs from October 14-16 at the Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton. Finishing its fifth year showing 30% growth, Equidays is firmly acknowledged as a world-class equine event.  A key focus is the education of horse and rider.
Equidays is developed by the owners of Mystery Creek Events Centre: NZ National Fieldays® Society, a charitable organisation founded in 1968 for the purpose of agriculture, supporting primary industry, our community, and New Zealand.