In this program, recorded at Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Rob Hoekstra clearly explains and demonstrates the techniques he uses to get the best from his horses and to ride a show jumping round most effectively. In particular, he focuses on those often-ignored details which gain a rider those vital fractions of a second in a jump-off which mean the difference between success and failure. Show jumpers of all levels will benefit from the advice in this DVD.
Rob Hoekstra was appointed Performance Manager to the World Class Showjumping Program in February 2010. Currently based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, he moved to England with his parents in 1978 and switched from Dutch to British nationality in 1987.
Rob represented Holland on the Junior Showjumping team aged 14 and trained with a number of high profile show jumpers, including Henk Nooren, George Morris and Albert Voorn. Since changing nationality he has represented Britain on seven Nations cup teams, including helping the team secure a victory. He has won numerous international competitions and grand prix, competed in three world cups and won the Hickstead Derby in 1999 on Lionel II.
Although still competing, Rob has focused his efforts on training for several years, working with international riders at Olympic, European and World level. These include training Norwegian rider Morten Aasen for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and, more recently, Spanish rider Alfredo Fernandez-Duran for the 2009 European Championships. He has also trained numerous international and young riders in both eventing and showjumping.
He has recently been appointed by British showjumping as its new world class performance manager.
The world class program includes the Olympic sports of dressage, eventing and showjumping and Hoekstra will lead Britain's build-up to London 2012.