The personal relationship with my horse is very important to me. The horse must trust me at all times. Without trust between horse and rider you can not achieve world class success.
With several Olympic medals including a gold medal in team dressage in Rio de Janeiro, Kristina Sprehe is, at only 30 years old, one of the top equestrian champions in the world. Born in Germany, Kristina’s passion and dedication have brought her an unstoppable series of victories.
We had a trustworthy pony at home. With him, I started to play a lot and from childhood on, the handling and care of the ponies has always been a lot of fun.
“I have ridden many European Championships in my youth. But the decision to turn riding into my career was made only after the first international success in Dortmund with Desperados as I was able to ride over 80% in a Grand Prix.”
The passion was always great, but without the support of my parents, this goal would probably have been difficult to achieve. I always had only one passion …. and that was dressage.
“I am always thrilled that you can train a horse with increasing age according to difficult lessons. My goal is to ride this with invisible help.”
“I only ride horses of German descent, with the D-Blood (Donnerhall) being my favorite horses. These horses have high rideability characteristics, movement quality and a lot of ambition.
The personal relationship with my horse is very important to me. The horse must trust me at all times. Without trust between horse and rider you can not achieve world class success.”
Of course, it is important to me to make dressage more popular among people your age and younger generations. I am proud that I have so many young fans I can inspire by my way of riding.
“CHIO Aachen is for me one of the most beautiful tournaments in the world. But also the Olympic Games in London were very impressive for me.”
My ritual is that I go to my horse two hours before the test and concentrate again on the examination task. As a lucky charm I have some bracelets from my twin sister and my best friend.
“I am very proud to have been part of two Olympic Games and to take home a gold medal, silver medal and a bronze medal. Desperados is very ambitious and highly motivated in every exam.
The Olympic Games is something special. It is nice to get to know athletes of all nations with different sports.”
“My craziest experience was when I was torn as a young rider during the test.”
“My entire family supports me, and since my husband is also an athlete (footballer), he is very understanding.”
I have been very lucky to have been very successful in the past 10 years. A good rider is characterized by their ability to deal with sporting defeats. If a ride was not so good, my healthy ambition drives me to make it better next time or to correct it.
“My dream is to remain actively involved in dressage sport.”
It is important that we bring our dressage sport closer to the audience. The basic knowledge is lacking for many interested parties.
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