International top rider, Olympic bronze medalist and recognized coach Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein will become the new coach of the Danish dressage team. She takes over from German Rudolf Zeilinger, who has held the post for 19 years.
Highly qualified rider taking the reins of the national team
She has been an international top rider (Grand Prix level) for 15 years and she has represented Denmark at seven European Championships, three World Championships and two Olympic Games, where she was part of the bronze winning team in 2008 in Hong Kong. She has been trained by some of the world’s finest dressage coaches, and for several years she served as coach of top riders in the UK, Australia and Denmark. Now she’s ready to take the reins as national coach and lead Denmark to success at the championships to come.
“I am really looking forward to the position as national coach of Denmark. It is a new and exciting challenge, which means a lot to me. I hope that I, along with the riders can form a strong team for the future and continue the good development that Danish dressage has undergone in the recent years, “says Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
Danish Equestrian Federation has been in close dialogue with the Danish top riders during the recruitment process, and there is broad support for Nathalie as national coach.
“It is important for us that the new coach is highly qualified – both regarding coaching and riding skills as well as getting strong support from the riders. Our goal is that we will continue to be at the very top in the world, and it requires that the work around our national team is based on trust and recognition. Therefore, it is gratifying that the riders, support our choice of coach. Nathalie is one of our most experienced riders, and as rider on the national team she has often delivered the best Danish results. In addition, Nathalie also has solid coaching experience and a wide network in the international equestrian sport, and I look forward to working with her, “says Elite Manager in dressage and Chef d’Equipe Kimi Nielsen.
Nathalie will use the upcoming weeks to visit the Danish riders and talk to them about their ambitions, expectations for cooperation, training and horse material.