Athenaeum presents the final participants to the young Riders Academy

May 22-The Selection Panel, consisting of Otto Becker, Jean-Maurice Bonneau, Emile Hendrix and the sports manager Sven Holmberg, just came up with the official assessment concerning the young Riders Academy 2014 program. On the 19 of May, the Panel gathered in Düsseldorf for the selection final meeting. After having evaluated all candidates' profiles, attitude, capabilities, motivation together with competition results, they have come to the following conclusion concerning the combination of athletes and trainers:

· Bertram Allen* (IRL) - Marcus Ehning

· Emanuele Bianchi (ITA) - Ludger Beerbaum

· Kaya Lüthy (GER) - Rolf-Göran Bengtsson

· Monika Martini (GRE) - Dietmar Gugler

· Chantal Müller (CH) - Gilbert De Roock

· Emilie Stampfli (CH) - Kevin Staut

Other nine riders had shown high quality in riding, they obtained a very interesting score and, even if they have not made it to the final group, the Selection Panel, together with Athenaeum board members, decided to offer two weeks internship at very high-level professional stable. Those athletes are:

· Kellie Allen (IRL)

· Filippo Bologni (ITA)

· Giampiero Garofalo (ITA)

· Zuzanna Gowin (POL)

· Wilma Hellström (SWE)

· Angelina Herroder (GER)

· Maxymilian Wechta (POL)

· Vicky van den Poel (BEL)

· Wouter van Laer (BEL)

Moreover, Wilma Hellström, Maxymilian Wechta and Filippo Bologni have been appointed as reserves in case one of those riders will not be able to attend the program.

The Athenaeum Board expresses gratitude and appreciation to Rolex for its support and thanks all the professionals who have contributed to the success of this first selection, above all the organizing committee of Arezzo with Carlo Bernardini, Riccardo Borricchi and the Landgestüt of Redefin with Bettina and Paul Schockemöhle.

* Bertram Allen (IRL), already trained by Marcus Ehning, will be part of the Team for the Education program and shows activities.

Athenaeum’s key project is the young Riders Academy

The project consists in organizing a riding academy dedicated to young talented show jumpers.

The goal is to grow athletes and to educate them to a modern sport system, which requires further skills.

The program will give the chance to five talented riders to get six months of training and boarding at a well-known professional stable, with no costs.
On top of that, the program also includes professional education in communication, business and economics, veterinary and legal practice connected to equestrian environment.
The aim of the Academy is to assist in training and to help in preparing riders as future professionals in this sport.