I felt very proud to be British last summer when our team riders proved unbeatable at the 2012 Olympics, in Dressage and showjumping. To top it all, Valegro won individual gold – amazing!!
Since then, the topic of conversation amongst the riding population in Holland, seems to be “Why did the judges give gold to Valegro and not Parzival”.
Well, could’t the answer be “Valegro was better than Parzival on the day”. I think Adelinda can feel very proud of what she has achieved with Parzival, and a silver Olympic medal is still fantastic.
The Dutch have been very successful over the last 3 decades at breeding and producing top quality warmblood horses. It has become a very big “industry” in Holland, with horses being exported all over the world, sometimes, for vast amounts of money.
When these horses are very successful in other countries, that can only be good for trade. They should be happy when Dutch bred horses reach the top of their sport with International riders, and not be disgusted when this happens.
Still a couple of weeks ago, a Dutch television programme spent a lot of their time discussing the fact that Parzival was robbed of the Olympic gold!
A message to The Netherlands:
Please, accept that not only the Dutch, but also other riders can reach great heights.
Be proud of what people like Adelinda, Edward and Anky have done for the sport, and stop being jealous when other Nationalities beat you.