Rider: Janika Sprunger
1. What makes Bonne Chance so special to you?
“Bonne Chance is very special to me. She is an extremely sensible horse and does certainly not have the easiest character, but she is a real fighter in the ring and she is not afraid of anything. She never gives up and has so much quality! We have developed a special bond and I am extremely fond of her!”
2. How does Bonne Chance behave?
“Bonnie, which is what I call her, is a real princess. She is very picky. Bonnie loves attention, but only from her groom or from me. She does not like being brushed or girthed and when you do not know her, you better stay clear of her. She can be very relaxed, but sometimes mad as a hatter. She loves the outdoors, both the training and the shows. The bigger the ring, the better she likes it. She hates indoor rings with a lot of noise.”
3. How long have you had her and what is she like to ride?
“I have been riding her from when she was 6-yrs-old. In the beginning she was not easy to ride. She would not accept my legs and hands. But I stuck at it and by the time she was a 9-yr-old, she suddenly accepted me. That year, everything fell into place. Our first big success was winning the Grand Prix at the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de La Frontera, then, only at 9-yrs-old, she performed in the Aachen EC and helped winning the team bronze. That same year we also won the Falsterbo GP!”
4. What was your finest moment with Bonne Chance so far?
“The European Championships in Aachen, where we won the team bronze, winning the Grand Prix of Falsterbo and our start in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro of 2016.”
5. What are your plans for the future with Bonne Chance?
“I hope we will manage to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tyron (USA) next year.“
6. Did you ever buy a foal at an auction? Or do you prefer a 3- or 4-yr-old?
“I have never bought a foal, but my partner has foals. My sponsors believe that it is better for me as a rider to buy older horses, because I can start them in the sport much sooner.”
Click HERE for the interview with breeder Harry van Loon.
Click HERE for the interview with buyer Chris van Dam.