In the Netherlands we have a special situation. We talked to lunger Daisy de Groot to find out how the Dutch junior squad is preparing for the Europeans and she told us that she will take their horse Warnix to Le Mans two weeks in advance.
It is common that vaulters borrow horses which come with a lunger. But the Netherlands’ juniors come from all over the country, including their lunger and horse. Daisy de Groot will lunge Warnix who is owned by and living with Kors van de Torren. At the beginning of August he will travel to his part-time lunger so that they can bond a little more. Since the winter, the vaulters, lunger and horse met once a month to train together. During competition time they cut the intervals between the meetings in half.
Warnix will get a rest three days prior to the departure. Only simple lunge training is scheduled for him. Then he will travel to Le Mans together with the senior squad horse. It is a ten hours’ drive which will end on Monday afternoon. At home Warnix would do a little dressage, some vaulting and enjoying life with lots of grass. On this journey that started two years ago he will fight with his juniors. Daisy de Groot is really happy to work with Warnix for the Europeans.
This preparation is the opposite of what we read yesterday, when we talked to the coach of Montmirail, Switzerland. But that is definitely no disadvantage. We have seen last year that the Dutch way can be very successful. They finished fourth (close to the big names Austria, Germany and USA) at the world championships. The individual preparation in their own clubs and several camps are a very effective preparation.