#OlympicDay Video from Kentucky Performance Products: How Julia Krajewski and Amande de B’Neville Train at Home

“She certainly isn’t a horse that lacks motivation,” Julia Krajewski describes her Tokyo gold medal-winning partner, the now 12-year-old Selle Francais mare by Oscar des Fontaines, Amande de B’Neville. Earlier this year, a production team from CHIO Aachen had the opportunity to visit Julia’s home training base out of Warendorf in northwest Germany.

Julia explains that she does much of her dressage training out in the field, as it helps her both mentally as well as physically to get stronger. She’ll travel to a nearby mountain for canter work and also has cross country schooling on her home property.

In addition to winning gold medals, Julia’s also a well-loved coach, using this side of her business to supplement her riding career. “I think schooling horses as a whole, and developing horses, is the reason why I do my job,” she explained.

Julia also takes a moment to talk through some tips, such as what to do to keep your nerves and adrenaline in check. “One at least has to be able to deal with [nerves or adrenaline] so that one may can carry on functioning efficiently,” Julia said. “It always helps me incredibly to have a plan. In other words, to know that I am really prepared. That happens when I write down what the horses are doing tomorrow, what time I will ride, when their manes are plaited, when to walk the course, and so on.”

“The best example is Tokyo,” she continued. “I really didn’t imagine what it would be like to pick up time faults in the jumping, but instead how cool it would be to stand on the winner’s [podium]. Of course, one has to somehow think about it in advance. What can’t, or rather everything that could happen. But then thinking about the whole thing positively, if everything goes right and not to have too many doubts about everything that could go wrong.”

There’s much, much more to learn from Julia in the awesome video above. The video is in German, but it is subtitled in English. Enjoy, then tune in next weekend for the return of Julia and “Many” at CHIO Aachen, representing Germany once again.

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