Behind the gawky facade of this sensitive soul lay an outstanding talent. Alice Collins uncovers the story of a powerhouse who set global dressage alight
How Salinero, a jumping-bred horse who hated halting, became a double Olympic dressage champion is no mystery to his long-time rider, Anky van Grunsven.
In fact, the gelding’s renowned inability to stand still in tests was also the foundation of his strength: energy in bucketloads and an ever-brimming desire to work. That, coupled with his extraordinary movement, was a glorious cocktail.
It was never the rigours of the dressage itself that taxed Salinero, but the peripheral stresses that accompany it.
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