Talent & Elite development programme by Kyra Kyrklund and Jan Brink
Area/Town: Vankiva / South Sweden
The very idea and goal of Knytkalaset is to increase and enhance the knowledge of Swedish Dressage Riders, and to educate Grand Prix Horses among the talented students.
The idea, to support and successfully develop Swedish Dressage in a long term program, was born 1998. With a team consisting of a great project manager, Åke Björsell, a successful international dressage rider with great facility options, Jan Brink, and one of the most successful trainers and riders in the world, Kyra Kyrklund, the answer of what the three of them could create together was quite clear. After a brainstorming session and some hours of idea development and idea refinement, the three of them had designed an educational model for dressage riders on a high level, that they named “Knytkalaset”.
The main idea of Knytkalaset was to increase the competence of riders, trainers and horses on a national level. Moreover they wanted to increase the number of dressage horses on Grand Prix level. When they added these two together they saw the possibilities of a great return of invested knowledge; from trainer, to rider to horse.
They also agreed of the necessity of a quality control, and agreed on a very honest structure where defined goals on a regular basis would be measured to the results obtained. To start with, they where aiming for a three year period to try this new educational model.
Knytkalaset has been highly successful since the start.
We have reached our goal to increase the competences among riders as well as we have seen more than fourteen Grand Prix Horses been developed from our talented students daily work. Moreover our students have won 5 National Championships, 17 International (CDI ***) Grand Prix, We have had participants in every Olympics and World Championships and Jan Brink won two individual medals in the European Championships and has won 7 Swedish Championship gold medals. Among the many victories one can for example mention Jan Brinks great victory winning the 2005 Dressage Championships in Aachen, which was the first time in Swedish dressage history.