Anky van Grunsven has been professionally competing in dressage on the world stage for a number of years. Anky has won three Olympic gold medals and has been named the World Cup Dressage Champion eight times. Over the years Anky became more and more displeased with the quality and comfort of horse riding clothing and horse riding products available. One day, with partner and trainer Sjef Janssen, Anky asked - is it possible to develop clothing or blankets that make both the rider and the horse feel more comfortable?
Research at the University of Enschede in The Netherlands showed that many people in the equestrian world had the need for better products. Anky and Sjef saw this as an opportunity to create horse riding clothing and horse products they would want to use themselves and so over the next two years ANKY Technical Casuals was developed and finally launched in November 1999.
ANKY Technical Casuals developed a complete climate control concept for both rider and horse. This is a revolutionary step for the equestrian world, offering optimal comfort for both the rider and horse. There have been a number of fantastic improvements in the textile industry with advanced materials and fabrics now available. ANKY Technical Casuals utilises these newest and latest materials to provide the perfect balance between comfort and design. It’s interesting to know that a number of the materials used were originally developed for the military (bullet proof vests), space travel (fire proof suits) and the medical world.
ANKY® Technical Casuals offers horse riding clothing and the horse blankets in the newest breathable materials for the best moisture control and protection against all possible weather conditions. Even the saddle and related products are totally suited to, and developed towards optimum comfort and usability.
ANKY Australia sponsored rider Brett Parbery and his companion Victory Salute have made it safely to Europe, Below are a few word’s from Brett;
After a long winded journey of 52 hrs, we arrived at our final destination at the stables of Edward Gal and Nicole Werner in Harskamp, Holland. It is a wonderful facility owned by the Resim Investment Group and also is home to Hans Peter Minderhoud with his amazing team of horses.
On the first day I rode Sam in the indoor as it is absolutely freezing here. I thought prior to the ride that maybe I might be so lucky to watch Edward training Totilas at some stage during the day, but I am also very mindful of the privacy that these top guys need when they are training their top horses.
Anyway, as I am walking around Edward rides in on a black horse and sure enough, its the superstar himself. The next 45 mins were just amazing as I watched, and tried to stay out of the way of, Totilas and Edward going through their daily training routine. It was just beautiful to watch. This is truly a special combination that we may never see again in our lifetime. Everything that I saw could have been a 10. It was mindblowing and something that I will be looking forward to watching on a daily basis as we all prepare for Kentucky in September. But before then we have the World Cup Final to attend to and I have full intentions on giving Totilas a run for his money….wishful thinking I know but think of Stephen Bradbury and Ive got half a chance.
Until next time…. Brett and Sam
ANKY Australia showcased the ANKY Technical Casuals 2010 collection as part of a fashion parade at Boneo Park on Sat 6th Feb.
Boneo Park held its first public event “An Equestrian Festival”. The day and night was a huge success with mini masterclasses held during the day by some of Australia’s leading riders including ANKY Australia’s sponsored rider Brett Parbery and well-known jumping rider; Jamie Coman.
Saturday night saw a masterclass held by German rider and trainer Heike Kemmer.
The collection below will be launched at this years Dressage & Jumping with the Stars- visit our trade stand to view the entire range! March 18-20, Werribee Park.
Clare Porz wearing the Anky Ladies Tailcoat
On the Runway! New 2010 ANKT Technical Casuals Colletion
Brett Parbery, Peter Horobin & Fiona McNaught
Nina Boyd, Steph Dijkstra, Dave Crittenden & Clare Porz
ANKY Australia would like to congratulate Brett Parbery and Victory Salute for their outstanding achievements at this years Australian Dressage Championships.
Brett and Victory Salute won the Grand Prix CDI-W with a score of 68.25% and then went on to take at the Grand Prix freestyle with the a score of 74.55%
The Grand Prix classes at this year Natiional titles saw record numbers and many combinations showing great potential at this level.
Full results can be found @ Cyberhorse National Results and Reviews
Brett Parbery has beaten his own record to take out the NSW Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Titles!
Brett tells his story…...
Last week we travelled up to Tamworth for the NSW State Championships, hosted by the hard working Tamworth Dresssage Club at the wonderful AELEC facility.
The event itself was a great success and the new AELEC facility has definitely succeeded in becoming Australia’s greatest venue.
Sam (Victory Salute) and I had a very relaxing weekend having just two tests over two days. The first test was the Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. The test for us was a good one and all but for a small mistake in the one tempi’s, was pretty well unblemished. When the dust had settled after the competition, we came out on top with 67.75%, in front of Heath Ryan with Regardez Moi in second with Rachel Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster close behind.
The Freestyle night was as usual very exciting with the top four horses scoring in excess of 70%. As I rode around the arena, Heath was receiving a very strong applause from an appreciative crowd, as he had delivered another great performance. Then, Rachels score was announced at 73.3%. I knew I had a lot to do so with that in mind, in we went….....
Sam worked the best he has worked in a long time and apart from one confusing aid from his rider, produced a beautiful mistake free test. I was annoyed as usual with my stupidity and anxiously awaited the score. Then they announced it, 76.85% and a new Australian record for a Grand Prix Freestyle. We were all very happy and as always, Sam had bailed me out again.
We agreed out back that Heath should lead the Quadrille, as he is the best at it. So the top 6 riders gave a Quadrille in appreciation to Tamworth for having us.
So in summary, the NSW State Championships were great for us in our lead up to Team selections for WEG, and a roaring success for dressage in general.