Dressage Riding: Klaus Balkenhol on his Work & Attitude

Dealing with the Media

Mr. Balkenhol, you weren’t necessarily keen on an interview. Where does this “reluctance” come from?

Yes, I have to admit that. As a rider and during my time as a trainer, I experienced the „circus“ first hand. I would like to see more journalists doing due diligence and conduct truthful research. And now our daughter Anabel is also among the world’s best …

… and how do you advise your daughter to deal with the media?

… Sometimes I am tempted to give her advice. But then I think: “Young athletes need their own experience”. Overall, I find dealing with the press very, very difficult. When you are in an exposed position, you should choose your words well.