The Netherlands has announced its team of Para-Equestrian Dressage riders for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, known as WEG, in Normandy, France, on 23 August - 7 September. From their choices, it is clear that they are going for a podium finish.
The riders are:
Grade Ib - Nicole den Dulk
Grade II - Demi Vermeulen and Rixt van der Horst
Grade III - Sanne Voets
Grade IV - Frank Hosmar
Hosmar and Voets are the team’s standard bearers. Voets won gold in the freestyle and silver in the individual test at 2013 ECCO FEI European Championships in Denmark. Hosmar holds two bronze medals from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as a silver and bronze from the European Championships.
Vermeulen was fourth at the Europeans, but has made good progress since then, while ven der Horst has six international competition wins under his belt this year.
In the team competition, the Dutch are hoping to better their performance at the last Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, where they finished in fourth just one percentage point behind Denmark, and in London, where they lost out on bronze to Ireland by just 0.06 per cent.
Team coach Joyce Heuitink said: “Everything is designed for the team to be standing on the podium this time.”
For more information on the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, visit the Normandy 2014 homepage.