Anky van Grunsven

Anky Van Grunsven

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Theodora Elisabeth Gerarda ("Anky") van Grunsven (born 2 January 1968 in Erp, Noord-Brabant) is a Dutch dressage champion who won the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics with her horse Bonfire and gold in the 2004 Olympics and in the 2008 Olympics with Salinero.

Van Grunsven has also dominated World Cup Dressage competition, being named the World Cup Dressage Champion eight times, in 1995 (Los Angeles, riding Cameleon Bonfire), 1996 (Gothenburg, riding Cameleon Bonfire), 1997 (s'Hertogenbosch, riding Cameleon Bonfire), 1999 (Dortmund, riding Gestion Bonfire), 2000 (s'Hertogenbosch, riding Gestion Bonfire), 2004 (London, riding Gestion Salinero), 2005 (Las Vegas, riding Keltec Salinero), and 2006 (Amsterdam, riding Keltec Salinero), 2008 (Brabant, riding IPS Salinero)

Van Grunsven is married to Dutch national equestrian coach Sjef Janssen, with whom she has two children., Dressage News, accessed August 25, 2010


Anky, with assistance from her trainer and husband Sjef Janssen, is considered to be the originator of the controversial training method rollkur. She has moved to distance herself with the method since the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) declared in February 2010 this method "is seen as an aggressive way of a deep moving horse. This is forbidden as well as any head-neck position which is obtained in an aggressive way."

In a lawsuit announced on the 24th of August 2010, Anky claims she has been defamed by...
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