Video: Polle looking at Tokyo 2020 as an opportunity in more ways than one

Karen Polle and With Wings in Versailles in 2017
Credit : Scoopdyga

Monday 18 June - 15h39 | Ian Clayton

Video: Polle looking at Tokyo 2020 as an opportunity in more ways than one

Born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and American father, 26-year-old Karen Polle is the most high-profile Show Jumping athlete representing Japan, although there is not much competition in the country passionate about horse racing.

“Hopefully with Tokyo coming up, there will hopefully be an interest in the sport in Japan, and hopefully, we can boost interest a little bit,” Polle told the Calgary Sun newspaper recently. She is in Alberta for the Spruce Meadows Summer Series, which continued with the Continental this past week. 
“I would really like to be involved in building up the sport in Japan because I think (Japan) should be more competitive,” she added. “It would be great.”
Polle, a New York resident – having moved there as a baby with her family – and graduate of Yale University is currently ranked 168th in the world, started riding when she was seven years old. But it is only in the past couple years that she has started taking on the the wider field of 5*-level riders in the sport in Europe, including with her top partner With Wings. Having trained with Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa, Polle has continued refining and improving her technique with the veteran’s advice. 

At Spruce Meadows this year, Polle and her partner have already had some great results, including a third place in the opening weekend's RBC Grand Prix behind Kent Farrington and Lisa Carlsen. For a video from last year with Polle discussing her path in the sport, see below the break. (by xMedia)

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