Bettina Hoy

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Bettina Hoy
Successful Eventing Rider
and Trainer

Eventing, Rider's Fitness

"A horse can lend the rider speed and strength but a wise rider never forgets that it is only a loan"

Bettina Hoy sat on a horse for the first time at six months and started riding at the age of three. Her enthusiasm for horses and equestrianism continued in her youth. At the age of 12, she took part in her first eventing class - her trainer was her father. "My father was by far my most important instructor. I have learned the feeling of the horse in principle."


Bettina Hoy rode a long time in several disciplines, in addition to eventing she also competed in jumping and dressage tests up to the S class. Because of a particularly talented horse in eventing, she decided, after a few years, to stay with this discipline. By the time she got her horse "Peace Time", she realized that she wanted to ride on the international scene. With him she rode the world championships in Luhmühlen as the first German woman and won with 21 years Olympic bronze in Los Angeles. Another big hit a few years later was to win the team gold at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.


In 1991 she graduated in Warendorf from her exam to become a horse master with Stensbeck. She lived with her former husband Andrew Hoy in England for twelve years and managed "Gatcombe Park", the private manor of the British Princess Anne. During this time, she taught riders of various nations in all disciplines, including the daughter of Princess Anne.


In January 2017, Bettina Hoy started her job as the national trainer of the Dutch eventing riders. She has steadily proven success both as a trainer and as a rider. For example, while her student Jonelle Price won at the beginning of May 2018 in Badminton, Bettina Hoy was among others the first at the CCI 3 * of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2016, as well as German champion for the fourth time in Luhmühlen 2017. She is now putting her competition career on hold to focus on her training activities.


Especially the Westphalian is the fitness of the rider at heart. Your self helps regular Crossfit training to a stable and secure rider's seat. With her fitness videos at wehorse she wants to pass on her knowledge and her best exercises to other riders and to point out how much their own fitness can support the balance with the horse and the precise riding.

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