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  • Sjef Janssen quits

    Quote from article on Eurodressage today:

    Originally posted by Sjef Janssen
    "I have the feeling that an important group of top riders don't have the top sport mentality which, in my opinion, is necessary for the preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. This is reason enough for me to quit as chef d'equipe. The riders are too focused with peripheral things and too little with top sport. Meetings with the A and B-teams as well as individual discussions did not lead to improvement, nor commitment," Janssen explained.
    Kelly
    It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"

  • #2
    I dont blame him!
    Who would want to be in the "hornet nest" like that. Im sure he will be much happier doing his own thing and working his own horses.
    At least he stood up for what he felt and did what he wanted and not what others wanted him to do.
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    • #3
      Sjef: "I have the feeling that an important group of top riders don't have the top sport mentality..."

      To what is he referring to, "top sport mentality" and then goes on to say "The riders are too focused with peripheral things and too little with top sport"?

      I don't know STF, that's a lot of spin from Sjef. What is lacking in the riders' committment that supposedly bothers him?

      And is Anky headed for 2008 Olympics?

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      • #4
        Dare I say it???

        Perhaps his idea of a lack of commitment is an anti rollkur approach?
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        • #5
          Quick, I sense a trainwreck coming. Good grief.

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          • #6
            It is his life and if he feels he needs to quit than so be it. I'm sure he has his reasons. Why not respect his decision without the backstabbing
            Every time you ride, your are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.

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            • #7
              With his wife and her student as part of a team, I can see where actual or real conflicts of interest might be problematic. Best not to take on a role like that when you have a private interest that may conflict.
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              • #8
                lol...what did he say in the video I have?
                "It's easier to train a horse than a woman, especially if it's YOUR woman."
                cracks me up.

                but from what the OP quoted...it pretty much sounds like he doesn't care for what he has to work with...maybe some of the riders are just not up for putting 150% of their lives into the sport. which is what is needed to be successful at that level. we all know that.
                Last edited by purplnurpl; Apr. 16, 2007, 10:12 AM. Reason: fixed the quote. I watched the video this weekend. lol.
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                • #9
                  The article stated he is a focused and passionate person which could mean he is the same with his training methods. Maybe some of the "top riders" disagree and prefer to work on their own. This would be a hard pill to swallow as Senior Team Chef d'equipe. Too bad a win-win situation could not be worked out. Having the Chef d-equipe leave a year before the Olympics could create bad moral.
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                  • #10
                    It's very hard to teach a woman, especially if it's YOUR woman.
                    This is the best thing Sjef has ever said! LOL.
                    IMHO if he has decided so then thats the right thing for him to do. If he feels he can't work when the riders are not dedicated enough than it's better than doing the job improperly.

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                    • #11
                      "It is his life and if he feels he needs to quit than so be it. I'm sure he has his reasons. Why not respect his decision without the backstabbing"

                      It's just odd he attacks riders as not committed enough, isn't that an insult to riders who work immensely hard to represent their country? Why not something that doesn't backstab his country's international riders, like we have a different vision...

                      COTH article's not much more informative, the same Janssen spin:

                      ARTICLE IN CURRENT COTH WEBSITE: Friday 6, April 2007: "Dutch Dressage Chef d’Equipe Sjef Janssen Resigns

                      "Dutch Equestrian Federation officials announced on April 12 that Sjef Janssen has decided not to continue in the role of chef d’equipe to the Dutch dressage team. He took over the position in 2005 after coaching Anky van Grunsven to individual gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

                      "Janssen said that he resigned because a group of top Dutch riders wasn’t fully committed to pursuing professional preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I have the feeling that an important group of top riders don’t have the top sport mentality. The riders are too focused on peripheral things and too little with top sport,” read his translated statement on www.eurodressage.com.

                      "He will continue to train van Grunsven, who is his wife, as well as a group of riders who will work with him privately. "


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Calhoun View Post
                        which could mean he is the same with his training methods
                        Which is an assumption, of course, and reading way, way into it.

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                        • #13
                          " lol...what did he say in the video I have?
                          "It's very hard to teach a woman, especially if it's YOUR woman."
                          cracks me up. "

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                          Probably even harder to train a woman horse. Were any of his stars mares? Somehow I don't see him producing a Blue Hors Matine...

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                          • #14
                            Perhaps his idea of a lack of commitment is an anti rollkur approach?
                            Yes. Maybe these riders aren't willing to sacrifice their horses mental health and well-being. Pure speculation on my part though. A good thing, IMHO.
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                            • #15
                              Or maybe just maybe he got an offer to be chef d'equipe of the USD team and he opted for the mega bucks. Now that would be a shock to the system for some
                              Every time you ride, your are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.

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                              • #16
                                Or maybe just maybe he got an offer to be chef d'equipe of the USD team and he opted for the mega bucks. Now that would be a shock to the system for some
                                Please, don't even think such things.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by mr_miamis_mom View Post
                                  Perhaps his idea of a lack of commitment is an anti rollkur approach?
                                  That was my thought also.

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                                  • #18
                                    Fitness and dedication

                                    Anky and Sjef treat horse riding as a top sport. Sjef expects the riders to be topfit and their horses to be top fit as well. Anky does a lot of fitness ea things to keep up her own fitness every day of the week during her active competition. Not a lot of riders do as much as that. If the rider and horse are top fit like Anky and Sjef target they have energy left in the rider and in the horse; for example Australia/Sydney on the third day of heavy competition. They know it is a long and hard battle in hot temperatures so they prepare themselves and their horses to have energy left even after those heavy hot days. Other dutch horses were just lost on the last days in Australia, Ferro was too exhausted to do his piaff like he normally would do and so were others etc. Bonfire still kept up as if he wasn't in very hot weather on his third competition day. They know what it takes and they prepare. They are willing to do what it takes.
                                    Other riders don't keep up those responsibilities and fitness and also give a lot of time to training others instead of training themselves and their horses. If you are as fanatic and willing to do what it takes as Sjef than you don't want to deal with anything or anyone doing less. I think Sjef just doesn't see that commitment and so he quits because he wants to aim high and not mediocre.
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                                    • #19
                                      I only hope that the riders on the team he is commenting on are allowed to have their point of view stated in a major publication. We need to hear from both sides. But I do think it's very bad form to blame the riders on the team instead of just gracefully bowing out and stating he had some disagreements and wanted to leave his position.

                                      I'm tired of people blaming everyone else and not realizing that when they point a finger there are three more pointed back at them. It's especially sad at this level, when we all know that to make it to their team is next to impossible and so those riders really must be already working their butts off. (When was Sjef riding on the team?)
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                                      • #20
                                        Other riders don't keep up those responsibilities and fitness and also give a lot of time to training others instead of training themselves and their horses.
                                        I assume you are speculating like the rest of us, unless you KNOW for a fact what you are saying is true.

                                        They (S&A) are no different than any of the other top riders in the world. I am speculating here. Or were you just talking about the Dutch riders?
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