DANCING WITH BONFIRE
Anky rapidly rose to the top of dressage as a rider and at 20-years-old represented her country for the first time at the 1988 Olympics; it was also around this time that Anky with the help of her father, started looking for an additional horse...a youngster they hoped would make it to the top with her. Anky explains the first time that she laid eyes on the 2-1/2-year-old BONFIRE, how he was so energetic, loose, powerful but very nervous...yet his expressions and actions appealed to Anky - it was the start of a unique relationship. Since then, BONFIRE has become one of the most successful dressage horses ever, with an unrivalled record of four World Cup titles to his name as well as the World Freestyle Championship in 1994.
Filmed at her home with ample footage of BONFIRE practicing and training, Anky and her trainer and partner Sjef recall how she turned a just-broken two-year-old with a penchant for bucking, into an outstanding champion.
This feature shows many of her unforgettable rides which illustrate the way their career has blossomed over the years. But the road to stardom was littered with many challenges, and Anky explains how she has overcome so many of the obstacles.
A beautifully made documentary that shows the endless hours of training and discipline of BONFIRE at his home, the peaceful moments with Anky and best of all footage of the following BONFIRE events:
1) 1994 World Equestrian Games, the Hague, Grand Prix
2) 1995 World Cup Final, Los Angeles
3) 1996 World Cup Final, Gothenburg
4) 1997 World Cup Final, S'Hertogenbosch
5) 1997 European Championship, Verden, Grand Prix
6) 1997 European Championship, Verden, Grand Prix Special
7) 1997 European Championship, Verden, Kur
8) 1998 World Cup Final, Gothenburg
9) World Equestrian Games, Rome, Grand Prix Special
10) 1999 World Cup Final, Dortmund
11) 1999 European Championship, Arnhem, Grand Prix Special
So many schoolgirls dream of riding a wonder horse and becoming a champion - for Holland's Anky van Grunsven the dream has come true and she and the great BONFIRE have taken the discipline of Dressage to Music to a new and higher plane of excellence, thrilling audiences worldwide during the last decade of the 20th Century.
This documentary looks at BONFIRE's remarkable career with a fascinating insight from Anky into the making of a great horse; this is the story of how horse and rider conquered all to become champions of the Kur.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||Showjumping / Eventing / Dressage|