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Hollandsk rideforbund indgiver klage til FEI over dommer Leif Törnblad

Det hollandske rideforbund (KNHS) har indgivet en officiel klage til FEI over danske FEI 5* dressurdommer Leif Törnblad. KNHS mener, at Leif Törnblad har udvist uetisk adfærd i et interview som han gav til Australien Horse Magazine. Den hollandske landstræner Rien van der Schaft fremhæver især Leif Törnblads udtalelser om den hollandske måde at træne på samt specifikt udsagnene om, at Anky van Grunsvens heste altid var meget spændte, og at det ikke er en god idé for Edward Gal at give klinik i Danmark.

Vi har talt med Leif Törnblad, og han henviser til hans reaktion til Eurodressage, hvor han svarer følgende på det hollandske forbunds klage:

Jeg finder det interessant, at KNHS ikke syntes at have læst artiklen, hvor jeg faktisk forsvarer Anky samt gør det klart, at der er meget forskellige synspunkter på hollandsk ridning og andre. Mit budskab er, at vi som dommere er nødt til at have en mere ensartet holdning til, hvad vi vil acceptere og ikke.”

Det er også interessant, at det hollandske forbund igen prøver at påvirke, hvem der dømmer hvad. Vi har set det før, og jeg mener ikke at dommere bør vælges på grundlag af deres præferencer i forhold til nationer. Det skal siges, at jeg dog ikke føler mig særlig anti-Holland eller noget andet land, og alle kan tjekke Sticklands statistikker og kontrollere, hvordan jeg dømmer.”

Leif Törnblad
Leif Törnblad. Foto: Privat

Uddrag fra interviewet med Horse Magazine, hvor Leif Tørnblad beskyldes for at udvise en anti-hollandsk holdning:

Om Anky:

  • Horse Magazine: (Bonfire) wasn’t quite so tense as Salinero…
    Leif Tornblad: “I thought he was the same in a way. In some senses I quite liked Salinero, of course he was a better horse than Bonfire. She’s a very good rider, Anky and she presents the horses well, but there are problems with the whole Sjef Janssen way of training…”
    HM: It was awful…
    Torblad“That’s your point of view, I think Anky did ride quite well, but I think the ones that tried to copy her, didn’t cope. Anky could actually ride them deep and whatever, but when they came into the arena, they were looking okay.”

Om at Edward Gal skulle holde clinic i Danmark:

  • HM: No, it is not a subjective thing, we have a standard of riding and of how horses should go, and this has been recognized since at least the 1936 Olympic Games, and riders in chair seats with ultra-tense horses, are not good dressage riders, and you can see how many of their horses break down…
    Torblad: “That’s your opinion, it is also my opinion, but that’s not everybody’s opinion. Next month, Edward Gal comes to Denmark to make a clinic.”
    HM: That’s not a very good idea…
    Torblad“No, but he still does, and attracts a crowd. If you go anywhere in Holland, or some parts of Denmark, they disagree with you and me.”

Om rollkur som træningsmetode:

  • HM: The person I spend the most time with in Holland, is Johan Hamminga, and his training is like the good trainers is Germany (…).
    Tornblad: “But he’s the old fashioned one. What happened when Anky came out with the deep Rollkur, they actually managed to get more drama, and more higher movements, more fantastic piaffes and things. They did manage to do that – you call it tension – but people in general thought it was fantastic.”
    HM: I thought it was just ugly, and it was always irregular because if the horse’s front leg is swinging twice as far as the diagonal hind leg, then one is going faster or the other slower but the rhythm is gone and that is the first building block and the way horses show their tension…
    Tornblad: “But it is not everybody who thinks that. Look at the results.”
    HM: But if someone says to you, the earth is flat, I don’t say, that’s your opinion so it is a valid way of looking at the world…
    Tornblad: “But like I said, the pendulum swings, and all of a sudden it was accepted and now it is not accepted again.”
    HM: Let’s hope the pendulum stops swinging for a while…

    Kilde: Eurodressage, horsemagazine

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