Dubbeldam with the Porters in Paris in 2018Credit : Scoopdyga
Wednesday 27 February - 15h54 | GRANDPRIX
25-year-old show jumper Wilton Porter will be joining some veterans as he represents the United States in the CSIO4* FEI Jumping Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida this coming Saturday, March 2. While the competition does not count for qualifying points toward the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final later this year, it will be valuable experience for Porter, currently ranked 296th in the world. In recent years, the rider and his brother have been coached by champion Jeroen Dubbeldam of the Netherlands. Below, some comments from Dubbeldam that were part of a profile on the Dutchman which will be published shortly.
Credit : US Equestrian
“It’s a new facet of my career. I started working with Lucas and Wilton at the end of 2015, and I love it. Honestly, I would’ve never thought of becoming a coach, but they’re adorable, passionate, and talented boys who love the sport. During the Longines Masters of Paris, they took part in the team competition, the Riders Masters Cup [a team competition between American and European squads – ed.], and did well. As well, they are lucky to have excellent horses. I’m very motivated by these youngsters. I work full-time with them, and also regularly coach the Japanese rider Karen Polle and Alonso Valdez Prado, a very talented Peruvian. Maybe my coaching activity will keep expanding, you never know. In any case, these people are interested in my methods and techniques, which I really believe in. When I was their age, my heroes were Jos Lansink and Franke Sloothaak, who also turned towards the younger generation while they were still at the top. They passed on their experience and knowledge. Now I feel a duty to do the same – it’s important for the sport. The simplest thing would be to say that I’ve done everything and don’t need to take that on. But sharing knowledge and moving forward are just part of my nature!” Stay tuned for part 1 of a profile of Jeroen Dubbeldam from Grand Prix heroes magazine.
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