Blast from the Past – words of wisdom from my old idol

In the 90′ I lived for show-jumping. I watched hours upon hours of footage and was glued to Euro Sport. The rider I followed the most at that time was Franke Sloothaak and his incredible mare, Weihaiwej. To this day, I take immediate liking to any horse with a white face 😉


Franke Sloothaak and Weihaiwej

The reason I am writing this post is because I have just read a nice little interview with Franke which I think is worth sharing.

A great read for any instructor-to-be or rider who cares what the master of the game has to say!

Full interview here:

What is for you the most important thing to pay attention to with riding?

Seat, seat and one more time seat. That is the most important thing of all. Without a good seat you have no balance and without balance you get no good jump. You always have to take care about the small and simple things, and beware that from the moment that you skip a step in a chain you will get punished for it in some way later on. Every rider has to be disciplined enough to correct himself in those “small and simple“ things again and again each and every day.

All the best,


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