Emma Bocken after winning Jumping De Achterhoek: “She learns from every round”

Emma Bocken won the Junior Grand Prix at Jumping de Achterhoek with her Incaro LS. Photo: Digishots.

Emma Bocken won one of the most important classes of the first week of Jumping de Achterhoek on Sunday afternoon. The Dutch top talent defeated all of her international opponents in the 11-man jump of the Junior Grand Prix and won the Pluimers Hindernissen with the Incaro LS (by Carusso la Silla). “We really gave everything. It was a great fight,” the seventeen-year-old jockey said afterwards.

A few hours later, Kian Dory of Ireland won the Rabobank Grand Prix of County Gelderland for the colts. Earlier in the day, Nora von Bülow of England was best in the Children’s Grand Prix at the Morsenkoff Plastics Prize.

Good preparation

Bocken was faster than fifteen-year-old Jone Illi on her jump. With the Dutch were born
Eolita L (Verdi TN) in turn stayed over a second ahead of Finn Britt Schaper with Gaidam Son The Second Z (Gaidam Son). “Incaro has been in great shape for quite some time,” says Boken. “On the first day he was clear at 1.35 metres, but then we had a bit of a misunderstanding in the jump. He was on the second day.”
We chose to take a fun ride. Then he jumped up very nice and relaxed. That was a good preparation for the Grand Prix. He jumped very easily in the first round.”

Breeding pond

Bocken actually represents everything the first week of Jumping de Achterhoek is; Giving young and gamer riders a chance to develop in a great event with not only the best in sports but also a lot of fun. The imposing hall of the equestrian center Lichtenvoorde in Questionder has been transformed into a breeding ground for talent where young riders can measure themselves against their peers. “I also ride a lot of two-star competitions. Then cyclists of all ages compete. Here at Jumping de Achterhoek you can measure yourself against the riders and Amazons in your age group. A very interesting and fun competition for young people with a lot of atmosphere, fun and excellent organization in the evening for everyone, ”says Boken.

It could always be better

Amazon says the learning effect is also important. “You learn from every lap you drive, also by watching others.” But Bokken is currently one of the highest paid young racers in Europe. What do you learn when you win a lot? “Every lap can always be better,” she laughs. “I often look back at my knees and then see what can be improved. I train that at home with my coach and my mom and we discuss what I should do differently. So we try to do it right next time.”

by bike

Boken is taught by former national team coach Rob Erens and Sally Amsterdam and is also coached by her mother, Jenny. Small details that could be better at driving don’t easily escape this trio. For example, Bocken tried to put her left hand in line during the Jumping de Achterhoek. “I hold my left hand a little bit like I’m on a bike, very flat. Then I’m less strong in my hand. I have to try to keep that hand straight so I can have more control in the ring,” she explains. Was this successful in the survey? “Yes, it was indeed much better than last time.”

the Olympics

Bocken is proud of her horses, her children’s success, and her young time, but she still has a lot of dreams and goals. “I am very proud of our well-bred horse Kadessa Z (by Harley VDL), which I have trained and ridden myself in the European Championships and Nations Cups this year, but also of other horses who have had good results and developed well. I would like to participate in NK and EC Juniors next year. This year was My last is with the juniors. And then I would really like to ride in the Olympics or World Championships again.”

top riders

Wed 30 November Jump continues Achterhoek with CSI1/ CSI2Competitions in which many top riders have registered. Jeroen Dubbeldam and Gerco Schröder compete against successful foreign riders such as Bertram Allen, Felix Hasman, Karim El Zoghby, Jodie Hall Mcateer and Michael G Duffy. The Rabobank 1.45m Grand Prix in Gelderland will be a great finale to the event on Sunday 4 December. More information can be found at www.jumpingdeachterhoek.nl.

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Source: Jumping De Achterhoek / Wendy Scholten press release

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