Platinum Stable had a joyful day last Wednesday. For the fifth time, they had the honour to receive the team members of the Indonesian dressage team that will compete at the Asian Games. Not only the riders came over, also the President of the National Equestrian Federation, Mr. Irvan Gading, attended the visit. Platinum Stable is the main sponsor of the Indonesian dressage team. The goal of the visit was a further acquaintance and the search for a suitable dressage horse for one of the riders.
The 17th Asian Games will be held in Incheon, Korea, from September 19th until October 4th. It is seen as the most important and influential dressage competition in Asia. We interview Larasati Gading, one of the team riders and also team leader: “It is great to be here again in Riel. We are happy to meet the owners of Platinum Stable today for the fifth time since our first contact in May. The bond of mutual respect is growing and growing. Moreover, in recent months, though, things have moved ahead altogether more quickly. We had to cope with limited sources for years. With the support of Platinum Stable by means of equipment, transportation and horses, our team can now develop more efficiently.”
Grand Prix rider Larasati Gading is half German, half Indonesian. She was born in Stuttgart after which the family emigrated to Indonesia. She has been training in Germany since 2000. During the last four years, Larasati is training at Team Rueben in Würselen (near Aachen). She is also the owner of the three horses that will come into action during the Asian Games. Platinum Stable will provide the fourth horse.
She explains the planning towards the event: “We will make a decision about who will become the reserve rider in four weeks. The horses fly from Germany to Indonesia on the fourth of September. We then still have two weeks for training.” What is her long term goal regarding Platinum Stable? “Perhaps you have seen the soccer game of Germany against Brazil; they are a very close team. We should not aim at individual success, but work together as a team. That strengthens us all. We go for success in Korea, but already look ahead to the South-East Asian Games in 2015.”
F.l.t.r.: Alvaro Menayang, Erwin M. Yoga, Michelle van Lanen (Platinum Stable), Larasati Gading, Irvan Gading, Robin Beekink (Platinum Stable), Valentino Lumentah, Ferry Wahyu Hadiyanto.