Thanks to FEI Solidarity, Colombian Dressage rider Maria Ines Garcia had the chance to benefit from a six-month coaching scholarship in Germany in 2012.
With the skills and experience she acquired under the supervision of trainer Thomas von Samson, Maria will be able to coach riders in her native country. It was vital for the Colombian National Federation to have a trainer with in-depth knowledge of elite-level techniques, so that it can pursue its objective of organising and developing this level of competition.
FEI Solidarity will continue to help with the development of a national coaching programme and structure in Colombia.
“I learned a lot about how you can train a rider and learned to teach the Grand Prix exercises to other riders. We used a lot of tools to learn and correct techniques and for me, that was really important.” Maria Ines Garcia.