The spotlight is on grooms and legendary horses in the latest issue of FEI Focus, the official magazine of the FEI.
The April 2014 issue also includes an interview with Norman, mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, an article on French Vaulting star Jacques Ferrari, and more.
Mark Todd’s Charisma is chosen as the best horse of all time by eventing’s Giuseppe della Chiesa, in the “What’s on your mind” feature where FEI Committee discipline chairs are asked to pick their favourites.
FEI Focus talks to the grooms, the unsung heroes of the sport, who will be in Lyon next week helping to make sure that their equine charges are ready for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.
“Trust is a big deal in everything,” said Clark Shipley, groom for Beezie Madden, the highest ranked female athlete in the Longines Rankings, who will be going all out to defend her title in Lyon. “We know we can rely on each other.”
“My favourite moment at a show is when the horse and the rider look really good going to the arena. I feel very happy, and very proud”, says Miriam Borner, groom to defending Reem Acra champion, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg.
The latest edition of FEI Focus celebrates the Chinese Year of the Horse with a stunning photo gallery of driftwood horse sculptures, created by artist James Doran-Webb.
“Seen from the outside”, a new feature in FEI Focus, looks at how non-equestrian athletes view the equestrian world. “Jumping is a very beautiful sport and I realise that there is a lot of work and discipline behind it”, says Switzerland’s Sergei Aschwanden, bronze medal judoka at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The final feature is FEI President Princess Haya’s interview about how FEI Solidarity can change people’s lives and that equestrian sports have the power to change the world for the better.