Bettina Hoy announced as Dutch eventing coach

The Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS) has announced Germany’s Bettina Hoy as its new coach3RD BETTINA HOY (2)for the eventing squad. 

Hoy is a four-time German Champion and has competed for Germany in three Olympic Games, five World Championships and nine European championships, winning team Bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and Individual Gold at the 1987 European Eventing Championships at Burghley. 

As a trainer, Hoy has worked with many of the world’s top riders including Paul Tapner, Jonelle and Tim Price, Caroline Powell, Sinead Halpin, Buck Davidson, Boyd Martin, Tiana Coudray, Will Coleman, Rebecca Howard, Yoshiaki Oiwa and Liam Böckmann. During the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Hoy was involved in the supervision of the Russian riders.

Hoy, who is based in Germany close to the Dutch border, will still compete herself at the highest level in eventing and combine her sporting ambitions with her role as coach. However, her future plan is to fully concentrate on her coaching role. 

Of her appointment, Hoy commented: “The KNHS gives me the opportunity to use all my experience to coach the Dutch eventing team to success. I am grateful that I get this confidence and look forward to the new tasks and co-operation with the Dutch riders. For the long term, the aim that the Dutch eventers have the same status and similar success go book as jumping and dressage riders. For this year, the European Championship is a good indicator for us to take stock and see where we stand internationally. ”

Maarten van der Heijden, Sports Director of the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation, added: “Bettina Hoy is an absolute top rider and coach. We were looking for somebody to follow Martin Phillips who can help the Dutch eventing riders to take the next step. In Hoy we think we have found someone with a very broad range of expertise who can achieve this. Our many thanks go to Martin Phillips as he has put Dutch eventing has put back on the map and brought us to this level. Bettina Hoy will meet with the riders involved as soon as possible and make a plan for this year and especially for the coming years. The goal is Tokyo 2020.”

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